Digital Media & Design, University of Connecticut

Position ID:UConn-DigitalMedia&Design-2018195 [#10276, 2018195]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in 2D Animation & Motion Graphics (Tenure Track)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Digital Media & Design / 2D Animation, Motion Graphics
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2017/10/24, finished 2018/04/23)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Department of Digital Media and Design at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Storrs campus, invites applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty position in the area of 2D Animation & Motion Graphics at the rank of Assistant Professor. The start date for the position is August 23, 2018. Our ideal applicant has significant creative experience in the area of animation and/or motion graphics and digital film production for the purposes of entertainment, marketing, branding, advertising, artistic expression, or scientific research and visualizations. The successful candidate will teach courses with a creative focus on 2D animation, motion graphics, and cinematic and time-based storytelling. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in departmental and university service to support curricular and program development, and to advise undergraduate and graduate students in the department.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years. We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for a faculty position in the Department of Digital Media and Design. Digital Media and Design is a sought-after interdisciplinary department within the School of Fine Arts currently comprised of 280 undergraduate students, 15 graduate students, and 19 faculty members.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, performances and exhibits, and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop innovative courses in their area of specialty, as well as to mentor students in creative research and professional development. The successful candidate will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.


MFA in Art, Animation, Design, Digital Media, or other appropriate fields; professional experience in Motion Graphics and Animation; demonstrated and current expertise in the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro) and Cinema 4D; a strong digital portfolio showcasing innovative ideation, design, and final project implementation in the field of animation and motion design. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.


A record of distinguished teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and/or graduate level; evidence of engagement in institutional and/or professional service; demonstrated professional/commercial experience working with film or video productions, animation studios, advertising or marketing agencies, entertainment companies, gaming companies, and/or technical visualization agencies; demonstrated expertise in character animation, broadcast graphics, experimental animation, or animation for video games; additional expertise in film and/or video production, graphic design, interactive design, information design, or new genres and emerging technologies; additional expertise in Maya, Nuke, Toon Boom, Adobe Animate, and motion capture; the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.


This is a full-time, 9-month appointment with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2018. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the UConn Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary is competitive and based on qualifications and professional experience.


Select “Apply” to submit the following materials: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); creative research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal and creative project development, etc.); commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); a link to an online portfolio of your creative work (include a PDF document with links to no more than 20 work samples specifically selected for the search committee); names and contact information for three professional references; publications (optional); and examples of student work (optional).

Review of applications will begin January 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please contact Stacy Webb (, Administrative Assistant for the Department of Digital Media and Design, with any questions. For more information regarding the Department of Digital Media and Design please visit the department website at  Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018195)

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
University of Connecticut
Digital Media and Design
1 Bishop Circle
Unit 4260
Storrs, CT 06269-2142

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