Full-Time Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor: East Carolina University
Vacancy #: 930517 Recruitment Range: Commensurate with qualifications Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Organizational Unit Overview The School of Art and Design provides a multidisciplinary approach to art and design that provides opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical thinking abilities by thinking through making. The School currently enrolls more than 550 students in twelve areas across four degrees. The School of Art and Design is the most comprehensive and largest BFA Art program in University of North Carolina system, and has been continuously accredited by NASAD since 1962. The School has over 40 full-time faculty and is located in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center, a 142,000-square foot facility with specialized equipment, tools, and technology for the School’s 14 disciplines—animation/ interactive design, art education, art history, film and video production, ceramics, glass, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design. From computer labs, a digital loom, CNC routers, and laser cutters to a wood shop, foundry, letterpress shop, black and white dark room and beyond, the School’s facilities are comprehensive and available to faculty and students who think, make, and work across the School’s disciplines.
Students in the AnimationInteractive Design program use a full range of technology, media, tools and techniques to achieve their artistic vision. The curriculum is designed to encourage students to be creative and inventive while they develop a solid technical competency that is applicable in both professional and fine art practices.
East Carolina University (ECU) enjoys a proud heritage since its founding in 1907. Within the University of North Carolina system, ECU is the third largest of the state’s 16 degree-granting public institutions. Based on the quality of its academic programs, ECU has been named one of the best colleges in the Southeast region by the Princeton Review. ECU is committed to maximizing student success, serving the public, and leading regional transformation in the East.
The University is located in the city of Greenville, NC, on the Tar River, a community of over 90,000 and ranked 12th best college town by 24/7 Wall Street. A former tobacco town, Greenville has developed as a cultural center in eastern North Carolina. In addition to extensive arts offerings by the School of Theater and Dance, School of Music, and School of Art and Design and its Gray Gallery, the city boasts the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, Greenville Museum of Art, Magnolia Arts Center, Whirligig Theater, numerous community schools of music and dance, and more. Outdoor amenities include access to the Tar River for boating and kayaking, the expansive River Park North, a greenway system, a superb Little League stadium and programs, and BMX/ skateboarding parks. ECU is located adjacent to the city’s historic downtown—Uptown. Restaurants, coffee shops, brew pubs, retail businesses, and art galleries comprise this thriving district, which regularly hosts community events such as Umbrella Markets, Freeboot Fridays (before home football games), a BMX fest, and First Fridays (art walks).
Job Duties East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design seeks applicants for the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Art (Belk Professor) in the field of animation and/or interactive design. This position will teach in the School of Art and Design’s Animation and Interactive Design (A/ID) concentration within the BFA in Art. The A/ID program is growing and seeks an expert to contribute to the expanding needs of the concentration. Areas of teaching may include but are not limited to beginning to advanced level art studios, 2D/3D animation, 3D modeling, 3D character rigging, game asset design, Processing, and/or generative art making. This position will teach two three-credit courses per semester (four annually), which is a reduced workload based on School of Art and Design standards. The Belk Professor may have the opportunity to teach at the graduate level.
The Belk Professor’s responsibilities also include the communication, creation and application of knowledge to enrich the students, faculty, and reputation of the School of Art and Design. The Belk Professor will continue their professional art and/or design practice; mentor students; engage with other faculty regularly; participate in departmental activities, such as recruiting; engage in opportunities for curricular and course development that reflect their expertise and professional experience; and other activities as appropriate. To accomplish these goals, the Belk Professor has access to a significant budget funded through an endowment.
The Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship is a five-year, non-tenured, nine-month appointment with the possibility of renewal for an additional five-year term.
Non-tenure-track nine-month faculty position
Teach two 3-credit classes per semester in the Animation/ Interactive Design concentration and/or ART classes as assigned
Participate in curriculum development for the BFA in Art and MFA in Art degrees
Research and/or creative activities appropriate to the position
Service to the concentration, the School, College, University, and the profession
Participate in promoting and recruiting for the School of Art and Design
Contingent upon availability of funds.
Minimum Education/Experience Minimum Qualification (candidates must have):
Terminal degree (MFA, Ph.D., or equivalent) in animation, interactive design, and/or game design or a minimum of 10 years equivalent professional experience.
Evidence of substantial creative activity and/or research at the national level
Evidence of substantial professional and/or university involvement
Evidence of collaborative or interdisciplinary projects
Evidence of community engagement with art and/or design at local and national levels
Experience or demonstrated leadership in the arts and/or design with record of achievement
Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education Preferred candidates may have one or more of the following:
Evidence of creative activity and/or research at the international level
Evidence of familiarity with the history of animation and interactive design
Collaboration with University disciplines beyond fine arts, particularly the sciences and/or with industry
Experience with animation, interactive design, gaming programs, and related technologies
Interest in interdisciplinary learning, making, and/or scholarship
Interest in multi-cultural and/or cross-disciplinary visual culture
Special Instructions to Applicant All application materials must be submitted online via PeopleAdmin.
List of at least three professional references including affiliation, email address, and phone number
Additional Documents to upload include:
A link to your personal website or online portfolio that includes 5-7 minutes of personal creative work and 5-7 minutes of student work
A one-page summary description of creative works
A one-page summary description of student works
Additional materials may be requested
Please be aware that if selected as candidate of choice, 2-3 Letters of Recommendation will be required. An automatic email will be sent to the individuals entered by the applicant in the references section of the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system. Letters of Recommendation submitted via the application tracking system will be verified and considered toward meeting this requirement.
Official transcripts will be required of finalists to the position.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
Additional Instructions to Applicant In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.
Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 930517 to ECU Human Resources at http://jobs.ecu.edu.
East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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