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Adjunct Faculty, Game Environment Artist
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Austin Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each Fall and Spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college, as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.
As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:
Reflects the diversity of our community
Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
Is attracted by the college's mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities
Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for under-represented populations
Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others
Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC
Commitment to Equity and Inclusion
ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and underrepresented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.
ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body as an open-access and low-cost institution. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to our students' diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. In 2017 our faculty adopted a Statement of ACC Faculty Values. This Statement affirms that ACC's faculty members value collaboration, service, agency, scholarship, inclusion, and teaching, all of which attest to our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our mission.
Job Posting Title:Adjunct Faculty, Game Environment Artist
Job Description Summary:Responsible to prepare and deliver Game Development coursework in engaging, innovative, and discipline-appropriate ways that reflect a commitment to success equity, respect for diversity, an understanding of culturally responsive teaching, and knowledge of the teaching field. Meets professional standards for faculty in accordance with college policies and procedures.
The Game Development, Animation, and Motion Graphics Department is all about training students for the local and national job market. Our top-notch faculty is a who's who of local talent, hardwired into the latest trends and eager to give students the real-world expertise and know-how that comes from years of experience in the business. Our degree and certificate programs are designed by a committee of local digital industry professionals preparing students to jump into the creative industry. Classes within the department can benefit students just out of high school, people who'd like a change of career, and professionals in the industry who wish to update their creative and technical skills. This Faculty position will teach introductory and advanced classes in 3D modeling to workforce and transfer students in a comprehensive multi-campus community college.
Principal Responsibilities and Duties
Prepare and teach courses in the field of Game Development to a diverse student population based on the department's approved course learning outcomes, utilizing a variety of instructional strategies appropriate to the needs of community college students and the standards of the discipline.
Evaluate student progress and provide clear, timely feedback reflecting program learning outcomes and departmental expectations.
Provide teaching and mentoring services to students in a manner which does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation, or other protected categories.
Remain current in the field through a variety of professional development activities.
Perform other related tasks as assigned by the department chair, dean, and/or associate vice president, vice president, executive vice president.
Responsible to prepare and deliver game art coursework in engaging, innovative, and discipline-appropriate ways that reflect a commitment to success equity, respect for diversity, an understanding of culturally responsive teaching, and knowledge of the teaching field. Instruct students in 3D environment art courses in accordance with College policies and procedures.
This role will train students to fill entry-level industry positions, and/or to gain access into a 4-year 3D Modeling or Game Development program; maintain game art curriculum to meet industry needs; review and recommend resources to enhance learning environment; and encourage and inspire student & local interest in game art.
Required: Demonstrated proficiency using computer applications (3D Studio Max, zBrush, Substance Suite), online resources, and other technologies for the classroom. Demonstrated proficiency using an online learning management system such as Blackboard to develop and build course content and perform administrative duties (posting office hours, syllabi, etc.)
Preferred: Advanced skills using Photoshop, Substance Painter & Designer, zBrush, Unity Game Engines, Unreal and/or Maya
Principal Professional Standards
Appropriate use of the college's learning management system.
Meet deadlines for attendance certification and submission of final course grades.
Participate in graduation, general assembly, and other official college functions.
Maintain regular office hours to assist students and improve student retention and success.
Attend and participate in collegewide, campus, department, or other activities and meetings.
Recognize and reflect standards of civility and collegiality in all interactions.
Comply with published college policies and procedures and meet professional standards for teaching in a community college.
In accordance with Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Art or R-T-F with evidence of training in digital media or Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication, Computer Graphics (animation, 3-D modeling, etc.), Game Development, Game Programming and Simulation or Computer Science or Associate degree in one of these areas and 3 years non-teaching work experience or Master’s certificate with 18 graduate hours in these disciplines. SACSCOC requirements may differ depending on the courses taught within the discipline.
A Bachelor's degree in 3D Modeling & Rendering or Video Game Art with strong emphasis in 3D Modeling & Surfacing; 3D Animation; or Fine Art Studio Art.
For specific requirements by course and program, please see the current year Faculty Qualifications Table located at http://www.austincc.edu/faculty/credentials/.
Required Work Experience (Workforce Programs)
In accordance with Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements: Three years of non-teaching, industry-related work experience within the game art industry. SACSCOC requirements may differ depending on the courses taught within the discipline.
Qualities of a Successful Candidate
Ethics, integrity, and sound professional judgment.
A commitment to establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with students, colleagues, and staff representing diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Dynamic, non-traditional instructional delivery methods to teach students of widely varying levels of proficiency and from diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Appropriate and up-to-date knowledge of the discipline and subject matter.
Experience using technology as an instructional aide where appropriate to enhance learning.
Documented experience with active and applied teaching and learning methodologies.
A strong commitment to teaching in a community college setting, including teaching practices that reflect an understanding of the multicultural classroom and the benefits of cultural awareness and sensitivity in the classroom and the workplace.
Commitment to a diverse workforce.
Commitment to the comprehensive mission of Austin Community College and to the principles and practices associated with Servant-Leadership.
Ability to communicate effectively with students with a wide range of skills and backgrounds.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with varied and diverse groups from the community as well as students, staff, faculty, and administration.
Strength in communication media, both verbal and written, as well as listening.
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to maintain an established schedule, including evenings and weekends, including possible multiple campus locations that may vary by semester.
Commitment to maintaining confidentiality of student information.
Understanding of what it means to teach in a community college environment that serves often underprepared and underrepresented students.
Understanding of systems of inequality and recognition of the role of community college faculty in promoting equity, equality, and inclusion.
Other: See Commitment to Equity and Inclusion.
1. Upload the following documents to your application:
Unofficial/copy of transcripts
Updated Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) or Résumé
Cover letter - explaining interest in the position
2. Request official electronic transcripts to be sent directly from the institution to firstname.lastname@example.org. If official electronic transcripts are not an option, a hard copy can be mailed to the following address:
ACC Highland Business Center
Attention: E.M. Breedlove, Employment Manager
5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752
Photocopies of transcripts or transcripts stamped "issued to student" are not accepted.
Work is routinely performed in a classroom or laboratory setting.
Subject to standing, walking, sitting, and reaching for extended periods of time.
Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.
Number of Openings:1
Job Posting Close Date:December 31, 2022
As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.
The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC at its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.
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