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Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota - United States
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Assistant Professor of 3D Animation


Dakota State University (DSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of 3D Animation, effective August 2021. We are seeking an energetic and experienced individual with contemporary knowledge of 3D animation, an understanding of animation principles and how they relate to 2D and 3D animation, as well as an understanding of figure drawing for animation, narrative storytelling and/or organic modeling. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, as well as the ability to mentor students will be paramount to the position.

Applicants should have experience using innovative teaching strategies and teaching with technology as well as the ability to engage in critical conversations with students regarding their work. A keen understanding of commercial, independent and/or experimental animation along with an understanding of animation and story for games would be an asset to the position. The preferred candidate should be able to weave together concepts from sound design and graphic design into their curriculum. Teaching responsibilities include a combination of beginning, intermediate and advanced 3D animation and modeling courses. Course topics may include concepts of organic modeling (high and low poly), UV Mapping, Skinning, Rigging and Animation using contemporary software. In addition to teaching assignments, other duties include student advising, engagement in research and/or creative work, and service to the program, college, and/or university.

DSU’s Digital Arts and Design department confers a Bachelor of Science in Digital Arts and Design (DAD). Students choose one of three specializations: Computer Graphics, Digital Sound Design, or Production Animation. Ten full-time faculty members teach foundation through upper division undergraduate digital design courses.

DSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and, to support its institutional accreditation, the university emphasizes continuous quality improvement in its institutional decision-making process.

Minimum Qualifications:
• An MFA in Animation or related field or relevant industry experience;
• Ability to teach topics in 3D animation;
• Communication and interpersonal skills to mentor students both creatively and technically.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated professional accomplishment and/or scholarly research;
• Experience as a Game Artist/Animator/Modeler in AAA/Indie Game Development or relevant experience in the Animation and Visual Effects industries.

DSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, teaching philosophy, professional portfolio (as document or web-link) and a minimum of three supporting references which include addresses (including email) and telephone numbers. If available, please include some examples of student work.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.; sponsorship is not available for this position.

DSU is located in Madison, South Dakota in the southern lakes region of the state. The region boasts a wealth of outdoor sports and a life-style possible only in smaller towns and rural communities. Madison is just a 50-minute drive from Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota.

Dakota State employees receive a comprehensive and flexible benefits package including paid time off, health and retirement benefits, and life and disability insurance options. Other benefits include reduced tuition, longevity pay and training opportunities. DSU also provides professional liability coverage.

Dakota State University is committed to recruitment, hiring and retention of minorities. We urge individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Applicants with disabilities are invited to identify any necessary accommodations required in the application process. E-Verify, EOE.