Adjunct Faculty in Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts (Animation & Motion Graphics)

Bowie State University
Bowie, MD

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Position Title:

"Adjunct" Professor, Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts (Animation & Motion Graphics)

Rank :

Lecturer 9125

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Reports To:

Department Chair

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Open Until Filled:


Duties and Responsibilities :

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts seeks an Adjunct Professor in the Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts (VCDMA) program, Animation and Motion Graphics concentration, and to work within the parameters of the University policy. Teaches courses in 2D/3D animation, character design, storyboarding, rigging, and/or motion graphics. In addition, this person will teach, perform, and produce creative research and service, the person could assist with the management of the computer graphics and digital media labs, studios, and classrooms located in the Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC). Could serve as Internship Coordinator and/or assist in this role with professional experiences for undergraduate students.

Provides instruction for undergraduate courses in the area of 2D, 3D animation, and motion graphics and contributes to growing scholarly activities in the Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (BS) major in the Department of Fine & Performing Arts. Serves the College of Arts & Sciences governance through participation in different committees. Participates in student advising as well as teaching and supporting of VCDMA program as required. Participates in VCDMA and DFPA events, screenings, exhibitions, and recruitment/retention efforts; mentoring students is also required.

Works collaboratively with other VCDMA full-time faculty with students and especially senior thesis exhibitions, portfolio reviews, and assessments. Assists with program management and oversight of VCDMA major and curriculum, program objectives, goals, and outcomes; including new course development and/or course upgrades. Provides assistance with VCDMA computer labs, studios, and classroom spaces associated with VCDMA as needed; specifically, the computers, software/hardware, and technology upgrades for the lab. Participates in VCDMA programs, department, college, faculty meetings, and other activities as required by the department.

May serve as a liaison and collaborate with DIT to maintain systems, security, and network integrity. Troubleshoots computer and software and related technology issues with students and faculty in the VCDMA labs in particular. Assists with the supervision of undergraduate student volunteer lab, teaching and research assistants to maintain open lab and studio hours, and support for students and faculty. Assists VCDMA students with obtaining internships, apprenticeships, and experiential learning experiences. Creative evidence of research such as animated productions and projects, exhibitions, publications, presentations, lectures, or workshops in related fields.

Assists the VCDMA Program Coordinator and works collaboratively with VCDMA/DFPA faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts to provide excellence in higher education for undergraduate students in the visual and performing and media arts.


Possesses an MFA preferred in Animation, Motion Graphics, or related field, with an emphasis on creative research and activity. Must possess a background and successful undergraduate, teaching experience in teaching courses in 2D/3D animation, motion graphics, storyboarding, animatics, character design, rigging, and background design; principles of animation, animation production, and industry; experience in teaching game design, XR, motion capture is desirable. Should possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, service, and technology application in the classroom. 5-10 of successfully working with an animation production studio and animation industry experience is critical. Must be a team player, cooperative, collaborative, and have effective communication skills and potential grantsmanship. Experience with Blackboard (or similar), experiential, virtual, and online learning, and technical support for students and faculty is required.


Minimum three (3) years of successful undergraduate teaching experience. Professional experience in related fields and/or industries as well as research, and creative projects in the animation and entertainment industry. Experienced and sensitive to working with students from diverse backgrounds, students with disabilities or special needs, and especially those at a Historically Black College or University. Knowledge of Toon Boom Harmony, Storyboard Pro, Cinema 4D, Autodesk Maya; Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects, Animate; Premiere, Final Cut Pro) is also required and/or others as used in the animation field.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities :

Demonstrates knowledge of a variety of topics related to visual communication, design, new media and media production with emphasis on advertising Possesses real-world design-related experience; and knowledge of current industry standards and trends in the fields of design and visual communication and multimedia. Understanding of full color and large format printing, file preparation, and working with print service bureaus. Possesses knowledge in the traditional academic areas of Concept-Based Problem Solving, Production, Visualization and Communication, Design Thinking, Practice, and Technology.

Conditions of Employment:

Please be advised, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for faculty and staff to be employed at Bowie State University.

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