Animation Faculty

Animation Faculty Description

Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Animation with duties commencing on or about August 15, 2018.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

The Assistant/Associate Professor of Animation must be forward-thinking, and committed to graduating students with the skill sets and visual literacy required for their future success in a dynamic and competitive field. Candidates will demonstrate excellence and innovation in their teaching, and a genuine interest in actively mentoring students. Like all Full faculty at MECA, they will teach a 3/3 course load. In addition to Animation classes, teaching assignments may include Foundation courses, seminars or graduate courses, as experience allows. Individualized attention and effective teaching are hallmarks of a MECA education; therefore, a genuine engagement in pedagogy with a focus on continually improving learning is required. They will also participate in program implementation and administration, including curricular development,
programmatic evaluation and assessment, and new initiatives.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree (MFA) in animation or a related field, or will be an outstanding animator with an equivalent record of creative achievement. Significant college-level teaching experience in the discipline and an established record of professional accomplishment are required. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, current engagement with the profession, and knowledge of industry standards and best practices is expected, as is thorough knowledge of the field of animation. Other requirements include: significant work experience in the development and production of 2D and 3D animation; software fluency in programs including Maya, Dragonframe, Toon Boom, and related Adobe CC tools; a strong background in character animation, including design, rigging, and animation; and experience with emerging technologies, animation history and theory, interdisciplinary practice, collaborative projects, and/or entrepreneurship. Mastery of the underlying skills in contemporary animation from drawing, 3D production, story-telling/narrative and related digital media to various industry-specific disciplines such as publishing, licensing, visual development and interactive media is desired. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills. Evidence of effective service, particularly regarding curriculum development, is desirable, as is recognition in the industry.

Benefits

Compensation ranges from $45,000 to $60,000, based on experience and rank. A comprehensive benefits package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.

Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials by January 15, 2018 are assured full consideration. Digital applications are required. In one PDF file not to exceed 25MB please include: (1) an application letter that describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and qualifications intersect with the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching philosophy; (4) a diversity statement; (5) a portfolio in digital format, or link thereto, and, if available, 20 examples of student work in a digital format; (6) a list of technical skills; and (7) four current references.

Attach the PDF to an email and send to employment@meca.edu. Place “Animation Search: [Your Name]” in the Subject line. Applications will be kept confidential until such time as candidates visit campus.

Institution

Maine College of Art recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity and social responsibility. Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in working with diverse populations, and supporting an inclusive and equitable community. Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, HIV status, race, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, or military/veteran’s status in its educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid, or other College administered programs. Candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Maine College of Art is an independent college of art and design located in the center of the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently enrolls approximately 500 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1,200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies Program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important resource of art­ and design ­oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art. MECA is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature and the breadth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts in eleven majors, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. Our goal at MECA is to teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Maine College of Art is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The College’s accreditation status with both agencies was renewed in 2016.

Chair of Illustration

Chair of Illustration Description

Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a full-time Chair and Assistant/Associate Professor of Illustration with duties commencing no later than August 1, 2018.

Position Summary & Responsibilities

The Chair of Illustration provides academic vision and leadership for the Illustration program, actively shaping the mission, direction, goals and continued growth of the program. The Chair oversees all aspects of program implementation and administration, including curricular development, programmatic evaluation and assessment, new initiatives and the departmental budget. They hire, assess mentor and collaborate with adjunct faculty as needed. The successful candidate will have the capacity to foster a positive working environment and will be a holistic thinker able to contribute to the fulfillment of the College’s mission to educate artists for life.

The Chair must be a forward-thinking leader, committed to graduating students with the skill sets and visual literacy required for their future success in a constantly changing marketplace. They will have a thorough knowledge of the field of illustration and be well versed in both analog and digital technology. Experience in, or knowledge of, related areas such as animation, graphic design and/or digital media is preferred. The successful candidate will ensure students develop a professional portfolio while simultaneously encouraging appropriate levels of experimentation. Students are expected to generate work in a wide range of styles and media.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in teaching, evidence of innovation in their pedagogical approaches, and a genuine interest in actively mentoring students. Like all full-time Full status faculty, the Chair will teach a 3/3 course load. In addition to Illustration classes, the Chair will teach Foundation courses, seminars or graduate courses, as experience allows. Individualized attention and engaged pedagogy are hallmarks of a MECA education; therefore, a genuine engagement in effective pedagogy with a focus on continually improving learning is required.

The Chair of Illustration reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of the College.

Preferred Qualifications

A terminal degree (MFA) in Illustration or a closely related field is preferred, along with significant college-level teaching experience and an established record of professional accomplishments. Outstanding candidates with equivalent records of scholarly and/or creative achievement and an undergraduate degree are encouraged to apply. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, current engagement with the profession,and knowledge of industry standards and best practices is required, as is thorough knowledge of the field of illustration. Mastery of the underlying skills in contemporary illustration from drawing, painting, story- telling/narrative and digital media to various industry-specific disciplines such as publishing, licensing, visual development and interactive media is desired. Knowledge of new media as it is developed relating to the field of illustration is preferred. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal communication and managerial skills. Evidence of effective service, particularly regarding curriculum development, is desirable, as is recognition in the industry.

Benefits

Compensation ranges from $45,000 to $60,000, based on experience and rank. A comprehensive benefits package is offered, including health, dental, vacation, sick and retirement benefits.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials by January 5, 2018 are assured full consideration. Digital applications are required. In one PDF file not to exceed 25MB please include: (1) an application letter which describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and qualifications intersect with the listed position description; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching philosophy; (4) a diversity statement; (5) a portfolio (20 images minimum) or link to an online portfolio, and, if available, a portfolio of student work (maximum 20 images) or link to an online portfolio of student work; (6) a list of technical skills; and (7) four current references.

Attach the PDF to an email and send to employment@meca.edu. Place “Illustration Chair Search: [Your Name]” in the Subject line. Applications will be kept confidential until such time as candidates visit campus.

Maine College of Art recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity and social responsibility. Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in working with diverse populations, and supporting an inclusive and equitable community. Maine College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, HIV status, race, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, or military/veteran’s status in its educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid, or other College administered programs. Candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Institution

Maine College of Art is an independent college of art and design located in the center of the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently enrolls 480 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1200 students take classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies Program annually. MECA’s Joanne Waxman Library is an important public resource of art­ and design ­oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.

MECA is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature, and the breadth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts in eleven majors, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Master of Arts in Teaching. Our goal at MECA is to teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.

Institutional Values

Maine College of Art recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity and social responsibility. These principles serve as another catalyst for MECA students, faculty and staff to become the critically engaged citizens upon whom our world depends. MECA seeks to cultivate a learning environment that prepares students to thrive in a diverse and global community by systematically and intentionally designing curricular and co-curricular initiatives that engage and reflect a wide range of perspectives and themes.

MECA welcomes students, faculty and staff of every age, race, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, faith, religion, veteran status, mental, and physical ability. We also encourage all members of the MECA community to participate in opportunities which address larger cultural inequalities and inequities and to think critically about their impact on our college community and larger world.