Assistant Professor, Animation; WKU

  • Deadline:
    Jan. 11, 2021, midnight
  • Location:
    Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

For official posting and to apply:

About Western Kentucky University:
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution
committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to
elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest
undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 17,500 students
(32% first generation, 18% underrepresented minority) and nearly 2,900 faculty and staff
Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace
diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the
heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that
prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our
diverse and evolving communities.
Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY,
WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with approximately 70,000 residents.
With an ethnically and diverse population, more than 85 languages are spoken in and around
Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.
WKU seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to
WKU's strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health
benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified
dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the
responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a
tuition discount program for employees and dependent are also provided. Learn more about
WKU and Bowling Green at
Job Description:
Western Kentucky University invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor of
computer animation, effective August 2021. We are seeking a colleague who has a keen
understanding of contemporary computer animation to take an important role in the development
of our computer animation program and bring energy and expertise to a community of highly
motivated students.
Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
• Teach a rotation of animation courses for majors and non-majors.
• Create an environment of learning through effective teaching skills, maintain a studentcentered focus, and update curriculum to keep it current with industry standards.
• Advise and mentor a combination of beginning, intermediate, and advanced art and
design students.
• Personal research and/or creative work.
• Service to the department, college, university, and community.
• MFA or other terminal degree completed by August 2021 in computer animation or
related field; or a bachelor's degree with relevant industry experience
• Demonstrated technical proficiency in the latest industry standard software applications
• A substantial portfolio of creative work
Additional Information:
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct preemployment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal
employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,
no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color,
ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information,
pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission
to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application
and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative
Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a
complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040),
please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA
Coordinator, via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5121.
The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment,
also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual
responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX
Coordinator for the University is Ms. Deborah Wilkins, who can be contacted via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5396. Additional information regarding
Title IX is accessible via WKU''s website.
Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at:
Application Instructions:
The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system by
January 11, 2021, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:
• Letter of intent
• Curriculum vita
• Unofficial transcripts
• Statement of teaching philosophy
• Artist / designer statement
• Link to professional portfolio and/or demo reel
• Link to examples of student work, if applicable
Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the
application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an
online process at a later date.
You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application