The College of Communication and Information (CCI) at Kent State University invites applications for a Professional-in-Residence in the School of Digital Sciences in one of the following areas: web development/programming, emerging media, motion media or animation.

The School of Digital Sciences ( is a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary school designed to train tomorrow’s digital leaders. Students learn from faculty drawn from programs across campus and receive broad foundational knowledge in digital technologies – hardware, software, web programming, management, emerging media and data science. Academic programs include undergraduate and master’s degrees.

CCI is the only college in the nation that combines digital sciences, design, media, information science, and communication in one interdisciplinary college.

This new faculty member will teach in our undergraduate and graduate programs and will also have the opportunity to develop curriculum in his/her specialization area.

We are particularly interested in candidates with knowledge and expertise in at least one of the following areas:

Web Programming/Development:
Proficient in HTML/CSS, Javascript, templating languages (for example, Twig), preprocessors (for example, SASS), task runners (for example, Gulp or Grunt), other languages and frameworks used in web development (for example, Ruby, React, PHP, etc.), website testing and version control.

Emerging Media:
Experience developing interactive or immersive media, published video games, and innovative mobile development. Proficient in Maya, Zbrush, Unreal UDK and Unity. Experience with asset development, pipelines, event scripting, particle effects, animation. Languages such as C++, Python, Blueprints, and Java is a plus. Experience with film and/or television, 360 video, augmented reality, and virtual reality is a plus.

Experience in many aspects of 2D and 3D animation. Understanding of the principles of animation, mixed media, character animation, concept development, and mentoring independent films. You are proficient in Maya, Toon Boom – Harmony Suite, Flash, or TV Paint. Experience with experimental, stop motion, film and/or television, augmented reality, virtual reality and projection mapping is a plus.

Motion Media:
Experience in motion media design, motion graphics, broadcast design or animation. You are proficient in AfterEffects, Nuke, MadMapper, and Cinema 4D. Maya, Zbrush, Unreal UDK or Unity preferred. Experience with film and/or television, agency work, augmented reality, virtual reality and projection mapping is a plus.

A terminal or advanced degree in a related discipline or a minimum of 10 years professional experience related to the candidate’s field of expertise. The successful candidate will have a proven record of creative activity or evidence of significant professional experience; evidence of teaching excellence, if the candidate has prior university teaching experience; and a willingness and ability to advise, mentor, and teach undergraduate and graduate students.

Kent State is a comprehensive graduate and undergraduate, residential, Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive University. Founded in 1910, the university is the third largest in Ohio, with an enrollment of approximately 39,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The Chronicle of Higher Education identifies Kent State as one of the Great Colleges to Work For (2017). The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching ranks Kent State among the nation’s top 74 public high-research universities, and U.S. News & World Report ranks Kent State in the coveted top-tier of Best Colleges (2018).

Kent is a small but vibrant college-town with close proximity to the cultural, dining, and professional sports activities of major cities, along with the recreational opportunities of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the many lakes in the region.

Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer / Disabled / Veterans

To apply, visit our jobsite at: Kent State Job Opportunities ( and upload the following items: Letter of interest, curriculum vita and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. We expect an employment start date of August 2019.