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Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

Grand Rapids, Michigan - United States
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Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design


Digital Art and Design Faculty - Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in Grand Rapids, Michigan is seeking a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design.  As a KCAD faculty member, you will engage in three kinds of professional development: continuous improvement in teaching effectiveness, creative and/or scholarly contribution within your discipline, and a college service commitment that includes committee work and community engagement for the advancement of KCAD’s mission. You will assist with advising students regarding their academic plan and progress as well as their co-curricular and post-graduation opportunities.  Digital Art and Design graduates will be innovative artists and designers, well prepared to create rich media experiences that combine imaging, animation, sound and interactivity.  This teaching assignment with the BFA in Digital Art and Design program focuses in 2D Motion Design, 3D Motion Design, and Video Production. The Digital Art and Design program includes curriculum in 2D Animation, 3D Game Art, Visual Development, Interaction Design, and Motion Design as well as a course in animation and medical illustration. 

Full-time, tenure-track faculty members at KCAD teach 18 semester credit hours per academic year, typically 3 courses each fall and spring semester.  Required Education:  Master of Fine Arts degree or a terminal degree in an art and/or design field related to content being taught.  Required Work Experience:  Minimum of 3 years of a combination of recent relevant professional industry experience in 2D motion design, 3D motion design, and video production. Required Skills: Proficiency in industry standard motion design and video production software, hardware and production processes; proficiency in industry standard conceptual development for motion design and video; experience in the mentoring/training of motion design and video production techniques; ability to adapt to a variety of 2D and 3D motion design and video software. Preferred skills: Experience with current software including After Effects, Premiere, Cinema 4D, Modo, ZBrush, and Audio; understanding of accessibility and universal design practices; and ability to engage in evidence-based assessment.

KCAD was established in 1928 by Helen Miller Kendall, the wife of David Wollcott Kendall, a nationally known furniture designer. KCAD’s more than 1,200 students are a blend of dynamic personalities that form a vibrant community with a passion for all things creative. The College’s strong alumni network includes a multitude of successful entrepreneurs, professional artists and individuals employed by industry-leading companies and organizations. The College currently offers 17 undergraduate and five graduate programs in specialized and overlapping areas of art and design as well as continuing studies. Grand Rapids Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) merged with KCAD in 2013 and serves as a vital resource for the College as well as continuing in its role as the premier venue for contemporary art in the region.

KCAD is nestled in the heart of the creative community of downtown Grand Rapids, MI. The city is the second largest in Michigan and combines big city amenities with small town charm. Thanks in part to a “culture of collaboration” among the city’s philanthropists, Grand Rapids has cultivated a diverse and thriving arts community. KCAD’s campus is located a mere 30 minutes from the pristine shores of Lake Michigan, and is within walking distance of an advancing medical mile and a unique array of cultural institutions, restaurants, art galleries, and shopping. West Michigan offers the benefits and beauty of the four seasons with a full range of recreational opportunities. For more information about KCAD, please visit

To view the complete posting including required qualifications, or to apply, access the posting directly at:, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris and KCAD offer employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris and KCAD missions and communities at and The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Applicants requiring accommodation or assistance completing an application or participating in the hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (231) 591-2150.

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