Ferris State University’s School of Digital Media invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position in the Digital Animation and Game Design Program, effective August 15, 2022.
The School of Digital Media (SDM) at Ferris State offers bachelor’s degree programs that provide applied learning experiences for students through small class sizes, and project-oriented coursework using industry standard software. This position is based on the campus of Ferris Grand Rapids, but will require instruction in Big Rapids, and potentially online, as well.
Faculty - Temporary & Continuing
Master’s degree in related field.
Required Work Experience:
Three years professional experience in game development and/or computer animation. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills needed to work effectively with a diverse array of students and colleagues.
Required Licenses and Certifications:
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered:
MFA / Terminal Degree preferred. Professional experience in Media, Game Design, Computer Science, Art or equivalent. Familiarity with Photoshop, Unity, Unreal Engine 4, C++, C#, Programming/Scripting, 3DS Max, Maya, After Effects, Blender, Premiere, Traditional Drawing, User Experience Design and project management. Teaching experience and experience teaching courses through blended or online instruction.
• Teach courses for the DAGD program. Teaches a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
• Serve as an academic advisor for the Digital Animation and Game Design (DAGD) program, including regularly scheduled advising dates and times. Advise students on equivalent community college courses; assist with student registration; verify consortium forms; and review graduation audit requirements.
• Assist with program development and support recruitment of new students. For example, attend career and college fairs and open houses; visit local middle and high schools to inform students and counselors of careers in DAGD.
• Participate as a liaison with industry to promote the DAGD program.
• Participate in university committees and other traditional functions that have academic significance such as graduation exercises.
• Present recommendations for curriculum development / changes and other activities deemed necessary for continued program viability.
• Review and search new software and hardware; staying current with latest industry technology and techniques; assist IT in lab testing and specifications.
• Support and attend student events such as Frag Fest, Industry Day, graduation, etc.
• Candidates must be able to work closely with other faculty members supporting curricula development and department goals. They must be student-centered focusing on the development of learning and assessment.
• Faculty members also have professional responsibilities that include continuing professional development, participation in curriculum development, university committees, orientation and registration of students, keeping regular posted office hours (which are scheduled at times convenient for students), and participation in traditional functions which have academic significance.
• Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
• Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to create video tutorials for student review. • Eager to function and participate as a valued member of a team. • Experience with various software development strategies and project management. • Familiar with .Net based languages and additional support languages. • Multiplatform software development including console, web, pc and devices. • Network development towards multiplayer and server based software. • Outstanding teaching ability as documented by teaching tools such as syllabus, grading contracts, assignment sheets and rubrics. • Able to demonstrate and teach skills in UI/UX and IxD. • Utilize both 2D and 3D platforms for development. • Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Unofficial Transcript 1
Unofficial Transcript 2
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Master’s degree. Transcript 2 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Bachelor’s degree. Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
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