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Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

Grand Rapids, Michigan - United States
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Instructor/Asst. Prof. of Digital Art & Design


Instructor/Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design - Full-time Term Appointment (Non-Tenure-Track)

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in Grand Rapids, MI prepares artists and designers to have impact through practice. Full-time, term appointment faculty members at KCAD teach 18 semester credit hours per academic year, typically 3 courses each fall and spring semester. 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 which includes curriculum in Digital Animation, Digital Imaging, Digital 2D and 3D Media, Digital Multimedia, Visual Development, Interaction Design, Motion Design, Sound Design, and Video.  This is a full-time, term (temporary), non-tenure-track faculty appointment with the possibility of renewal. Courses are to be taught in person on KCAD’s campus in Grand Rapids, MI.  The candidate(s) selected for the position must reside in Michigan after acceptance of employment.


Contribute to the college’s continuous improvement

Keep regular posted office hours

Maintain effective communication with students and colleagues

Work collaboratively with faculty, students and staff throughout the college

Contribute to your discipline’s discourse(s)

Engage in scholarly, creative and professional development

Engage in reflective self-assessment for improvement, renewal and promotion

Teach an appropriate course load

Advise students for academic and professional development

Participate in service to the college and in shared governance

Prepare and distribute syllabi according to college standards

Participate in academic functions including commencement

Assess and evaluate student learning and provide formative feedback

Provide leadership in ongoing curriculum development, and related activities

Provide leadership in the research and specification of facilities and equipment requirements needed to support the program

Ongoing participation in the coordination of equipment and facilities checkout system, inventory and physical space management

Demonstrate an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members

Perform any other duties assigned within the position classification area

Required Education:

Master’s degree in a related field to content being taught


Master’s degree in unrelated field and additional minimum of 18 graduate credits in a field related to the content being taught


A bachelor’s degree in a related field to content being taught, a minimum of six years of experience working in the field of industry of the content area being taught, and a combination of:

?       Evidence of recognized accomplishment in area being taught, including awards, bibliography of publication referencing design or art work or scholarship or;

?       Evidence of scholarly/creative accomplishment in terms of completed design work, patents, exhibitions, presentations, publication, and juried recognition at the regional, national and international level or;

?       Evidence of service to the field in terms of memberships on committees or boards of professional organizations and other contributions to the field

Candidates that do not have a Master’s degree will be required to have a combination of experience and accomplishment as outlined under the Required Education section.   This combination must be clearly documented in your curriculum vitae/resume and application materials in order for the search committee to determine if candidates meet the required qualifications.  For example, in order to determine if there is a minimum of six years of experience in the area being taught, the curriculum vitae/resume must clearly list dates of employment and all applicable experience should be listed.  Evidence of recognized accomplishment, scholarly/creative accomplishment and service in the field must be detailed.

Required Work Experience:

Minimum of 2 years of a combination of recent relevant professional commercial experience with industry standard software, hardware and production processes.

Required Skills:

Proficiency in industry standard software, hardware and production processes.

Proficiency in industry standard conceptual development for animation and design applications.

Ability to adapt to a variety of software, tools, and techniques.

Ability to engage in evidence-based assessment.

Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

University or college-level teaching experience.

Experience with Adobe Suite, Modo, Maya, ZBrush, and 3D Coat.

Experience with After Effects, Premiere, Cinema 4D, Audio software.

Understanding of accessibility and universal design practices.

For a complete position posting, or to apply, visit  Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers 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 Mission and community at 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: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.

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