Full-time appointment in the Animation Department. The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) invites applications for multiple full-time faculty positions, each with a multi-year renewable contract in a non-tenure institution, beginning Fall, 2018. MICA’s Animation department is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program, committed to helping students find their personal creative voices, while preparing them for professional careers as leaders and innovators in the arts and industry. As the department grows, we are seeking new faculty members who can collectively add to the strengths and diversity of the program, and MICA.
We are seeking candidates with fundamental animation skills (2D, 3D, and/or stop-motion) who also possess complementary knowledge in genres such as documentary, interactive, game design, immersive, and off-screen applications to support our collaborative, project-centric curriculum. MICA’s Animation program provides real world experience to students by leveraging Baltimore’s unique experts and expanding pool of opportunities in fields including medicine, technology, science, astronomy, music, game design, and indie animation.
Full-time faculty at MICA teach eighteen credits (typically 6 classes) per year at an art and design school nationally known for its dedication to teaching excellence, a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and a commitment to fine arts and design. Each faculty member may be expected to teach one or more classes per year in MICA’s First Year Experience (foundation) program, or in other departments, as appropriate. The interdisciplinary nature of the department and college requires that faculty contribute to all aspects of departmental operations and institutional governance including advising, institutional and departmental committee service, student activities, and coordinating the department exhibitions of student work during the academic year. In addition to teaching, all full-time faculty are expected to pursue professional engagements and research that contribute to the educational mission of the department and college.
Full-time faculty are also expected to:
Build and enhance collaborations and partnerships with other programs within MICA, as well as external partners, including those from the Animation community and from other institutions of higher learning;
Promote and enhance a strong, student-centered agenda that enhances education, civic engagement, and reputation;
Navigate national and/or international trends in Animation education and practice;
Promote student employment outcomes upon graduation through external partnerships; and
Uphold and model MICA’s excellence in teaching, scholarship, integrity, and professionalism.
Bachelor’s degree - preferably in animation or a related field;
Demonstrated skills in the principles of animation;
Professional experience in animation or related specialties.
Prior teaching experience at the college level;
Promise or proven ability to teach across multiple levels, from introductory to advanced independent work;
The ability to communicate skillfully with diverse groups of colleagues, students, and community members;
An active creative practice with a significant record of exhibition and/or production; and
A personal artistic vision that is reflected in the candidate’s teaching philosophy.
Valued, but not required:
Terminal degree: MFA or its equivalent in animation or a related field;
Promise or proven ability to enrich the goals of MICA’s mission, including diversity, equity, and justice;
Organizational leadership experience;
A demonstrated ability to model and teach effective collaboration skills;
Experience that is informed by multiple worldviews;
Engagement with local communities;
Preference given to individuals who have expertise in several of the following areas:
Storyboarding and creating concept art for animation;
Performance and storytelling for animation;
Character design for animation;
CG character animation and rigging (Maya preferred);
CG modeling, topology and surfacing;
Digital cinematography: camera, lighting and rendering;
Virtual and Augmented Reality;
Scripting (MEL, Python);
Stop Motion animation using in-camera techniques;
Puppet and Set fabrication techniques;
Stop-motion production: cinematography, lighting, camera operation and post-production;
Drawing for animation;
2D digital applications;
Tradigital techniques and 2D digital pipelines (Toon Boom and TV Paint preferred);
Post-production: editing, sound editing, and color grading;
Cinema and Animation History;
Experience teaching non-Western animation forms and history.
International experience in animation production and/or education.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and college policy; excellent benefits package.
Apply: The College will review applications as received. Although materials received before December 10, 2017 are best assured of receiving full consideration, the position will remain open until filled. All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
Visit https://micahr.slideroom.com. You will be asked to login or create a login. Once you have logged in, please follow these instructions. Instructions will also be posted in SlideRoom as you are applying.
Submit online: One multi-page PDF document, containing:
Cover Letter – detailing motivation and highlighting qualifications (1 page)
Statement of teaching philosophy (1 page)
Personal artist statement (1page)
Link/s to online work samples (please embed urls within the pdf document)
Links to samples of student work (please embed urls within the pdf document)
Names and contact information for three references
Please format PDF documents for screen resolution and viewing. No physical media are requested nor will be returned.
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate ...certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.