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Missouri Western State University

St Joseph, Missouri - United States
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Digital Animation - Assistant Professor


Missouri Western State University, located in St Joseph, Missouri (45 minutes north of Kansas City), seeks an individual capable of teaching a wide range of courses at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate will be able to teach classes in animation, game art design, V.R., and support our foundation level courses.  The successful candidate will teach an average of three studio courses per semester, including foundation art course as required.

 Assistant Professors are responsible to educate students, engage in original research and creative activities that are published or presented in peer-reviewed settings.

Duties include: 

• Teaching: teach undergraduate and graduate students in a specific field of expertise; participation in programs that promote instructional development in the discipline; develop and manage curricular materials, ensuring that they meet departmental and university standards; participation in campus initiatives related to teaching such as learning communities, honors programs, and applied learning.

• Scholarship: engage in scholarly and creative activities leading to peer-reviewed artifacts, performances, and/or exhibitions including basic research or creative expression, reviews and/or integrates prior research, applies current knowledge and innovations to important practices, and focuses on the nature and improvement of teaching.

• Service: document students’ attendance, participation, and academic progress by giving and grading assignments, projects, quizzes and/or examinations that lead to a final grade; plan and create lectures, in-class activities, and assignments; maintain currency in one’s area of expertise and discipline; provide academic advising and support related to the academic progress of students; is accessible to students outside the classroom, providing ample periods of time for counseling and mentoring students in matters related to academic success; engage in service activities in support of departmental, college, and university needs; service supporting community outreach; and service to relevant.


Candidates must have an M.F.A. in Digital Animation, Game Design, or related field, display a commitment to undergraduate education in a liberal arts institution.

Must demonstrate a record of scholarly or professional achievement, and demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills.
Excellent working knowledge of Mac and P.C. computers and the ability to encourage critical thinking and problem solving is essential.

Must be authorized to work in the United States.

Knowledge of the following software is desired Unreal or Unity Game Engine, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.), Autodesk Maya and Mudbox or Zbrush.

• Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Excellent teaching skills with an ability to coordinate with the faculties and students from diverse cultural backgrounds
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to multitask
• Ability to engage large groups of people with complicated material
• Able to teach with appropriate real-world experience
• Able to demonstrate confidence teaching and presenting in a public forum
Technologically adept: can utilize electronic communications, online learning management systems, and other forms of technology related to the position
• Passionate about specific academic fields and education in general
• Clearly understands curriculum design, pedagogy, and learning outcomes assessment

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