Assistant Professor- Digital Animation (tenure-track)

first_imgWhat is your Philosophy for serving students?(Open Ended Question)If you have not had higher ed experience, please explain yourinterest in working in this environment.(Open Ended Question)Briefly list your area(s) of research or teachingexpertise.(Open Ended Question)Do you have a minimum of 3 years teaching experience?(Open Ended Question) What is the highest level of education attained?GEDHigh School DiplomaAssociates DegreeBachelors DegreeMasters DegreePHD Posting DetailsPosition TitleAssistant Professor- Digital Animation (tenure-track)Job DescriptionMissouri Western seeks an individual capable of teaching a widerange of courses at the undergraduate level. The successfulcandidate will be able to teach classes in animation, game artdesign, V.R., and support our foundation level courses. Thesuccessful candidate will teach an average of three studio coursesper semester, including foundation art course as required.Assistant Professors are responsible to educate students, engage inoriginal research and creative activities that are published orpresented in peer-reviewed settings.Duties include:• Teaching: teach undergraduate and graduate students in a specificfield of expertise; participation in programs that promoteinstructional development in the discipline; develop and managecurricular materials, ensuring that they meet departmental anduniversity standards; participation in campus initiatives relatedto teaching such as learning communities, honors programs, andapplied learning.• Scholarship: engage in scholarly and creative activities leadingto peer-reviewed artifacts, performances, and/or exhibitionsincluding basic research or creative expression, reviews and/orintegrates prior research, applies current knowledge andinnovations to important practices, and focuses on the nature andimprovement of teaching.• Service: document students’ attendance, participation, andacademic progress by giving and grading assignments, projects,quizzes and/or examinations that lead to a final grade; plan andcreate lectures, in-class activities, and assignments; maintaincurrency in one’s area of expertise and discipline; provideacademic advising and support related to the academic progress ofstudents; is accessible to students outside the classroom,providing ample periods of time for counseling and mentoringstudents in matters related to academic success; engage in serviceactivities in support of departmental, college, and universityneeds; service supporting community outreach; and service torelevant.Required QualificationsCandidates must have an M.F.A. in Digital Animation, Game Design,or related field, display a commitment to undergraduate educationin a liberal arts institution.Must demonstrate a record of scholarly or professional achievement,and demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills.Excellent working knowledge of Mac and P.C. computers and theability to encourage critical thinking and problem solving isessential.Must be authorized to work in the United States.Preferred QualificationsKnowledge of the following software is desired Unreal or Unity GameEngine, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (Premiere, Photoshop,Illustrator, etc.), Autodesk Maya and Mudbox or Zbrush.Physical DemandsSedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 poundsFLSAExemptAdditional DemandsKNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES• Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interactionwith coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient toexchange or convey information and to receive work direction• Excellent teaching skills with an ability to coordinate with thefaculties and students from diverse cultural backgrounds• Strong organizational skills• Ability to multitask• Ability to engage large groups of people with complicatedmaterial• Able to teach with appropriate real-world experience• Able to demonstrate confidence teaching and presenting in apublic forum• Technologically adept: can utilize electronic communications,online learning management systems, and other forms of technologyrelated to the position• Passionate about specific academic fields and education ingeneral• Clearly understands curriculum design, pedagogy, and learningoutcomes assessmentHours of WorkVaries depending on classes.Posting NumberS084POpen Date09/04/2020Priority Deadline04/19/2021Open Until FilledYesSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Documents Needed To ApplyRequired DocumentsCover LetterTranscripts (unofficial)Curriculum VitaeReferences (3-5 with contact information)Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness(Student Evaluations)Statement of Teaching Philosophy (One Page)Digital Portfolio showcasing professional work (submitURL)Optional Documents Are you available to work in the evening (6 pm to 10 pm)?YesNolast_img read more

Rally for Street Flooding Relief Flows Into Council Meeting

first_imgA jeep comes to the aid of another vehicle stuck on a cross-street off West Avenue in July in Ocean City.A citizen campaign to urge the city to address street flooding problems in Ocean City continued Thursday night with seven people speaking at a City Council meeting.The property owners had been part of a grassroots meeting Wednesday night where about 40 people shared stories of moving cars, wading through floodwaters, dodging waves generated by passing vehicles, and trying to clean up after the waters recede.The meeting was organized by a subcommittee of the Fairness in Taxes group, and the attendees agreed that flooding has increased in recent years and that it can occur even on sunny days — with salt water bubbling up through storm drains. (Read more: Ocean City Residents Rally for Relief on Street Flooding.)The citizens who spoke on Thursday repeated some of the same frustrations and asked council members for a long-term plan to remediate flooding (“not a Band-Aid”) and for an ongoing maintenance plan.“What are we doing going forward, and how can I help?” 23rd Street resident Jackie Mittleman said.Mayor Jay Gillian responded to criticism of the city related to street flooding in a prepared “State of the City” address and in other remarks.“A primary focus of the capital plan is further road and drainage improvements throughout the city,” Gillian said. “I’d like to clear something up. This focus is not new. The first thing I did when I came to office was get the check valves installed that were called for in the Hatch Mott McDonald report. Thirty-one new valves were installed, and they’re being maintained.”“A few months later, the administration presented and City Council adopted the first formal capital plan for many years. That plan’s top priority was roads and drainage. We have not just recently added the word ‘drainage’ to appease somebody, and it’s ridiculous to suggest we have.”In his address (read full text), Gillian said every drainage area in the city has been rated on six criteria, and the ratings have been overlaid with road ratings to target “the areas where we can improve conditions for the most people.”He said bulkheads have been replaced and outfall capacity increased, among other improvements. He noted the completion of a major flood-remediation project in Merion Park and a planned one  on the north end, making use of “the biggest grant in the city’s history.”“As we did in Merion Park, we will bring in an outside consultant to advise us on planned improvements for the neighborhood between 29th and 34th streets from West Avenue to Bay Avenue,” Gillian said. “We intend to involve the neighborhood in these discussions and fund the improvements this year.”Councilman Keith Hartzell said that local knowledge of specific flooding patterns is essential to any successful project.“The people in the neighborhood have to be talked to,” he said. “We can’t know it all.”In public comment at the close of the meeting, Fairness in Taxes President Michael Hinchman asked City Council to draw circles on a map of the Top 10 drainage areas most in need of work and to publish the list.“There will be some parts of the city you can’t fix,” he said.Hinchman said it would be more transparent to publish that list as well.last_img read more

Joshua, Pulev fight to take place in Istanbul in May

first_imgKubrat Pulev has confirmed via his official Facebook page that he will fight Anthony Joshua in Istanbul in May. The pair had been due to clash at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium back in October 2017, but the Bulgarian had to pull out with injury, and was replaced by Carlos Takam. Joshua is thought to be keen to return to London for his next fight. And it was revealed last month that the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium had emerged as a very real contender to host the bout. The state-of-the-art facility opened in April 2019, and while it would be the stadium’s first boxing event – it has hosted NFL – and is due to host Rugby Union and a concert later this year. Read Also:Anthony Joshua has until January 31 to agree terms to fight Pulev Pulev, known as “The Cobra”, has an impressive 28-1 record in his career. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino Animals11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Loading… The 38-year-old posted a link to an article which appears to claim that the much-anticipated fight will take place at the Vodafone Arena – home of Turkish football club Besiktas. The pair are due to fight this year, with Pulev the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title. But SunSport understands that while talks are ongoing, any clash between the pair will only take place in either the United Kingdom, United States or Saudi Arabia. No word though has come from Joshua’s camp today regarding the fight.Advertisementlast_img read more

9 months agoReal Madrid captain Ramos: Isco and Solari? It’s complicated

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid captain Ramos: Isco and Solari? It’s complicatedby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admits the relationship between Isco and coach Santiago Solari is “complicated”.Isco invited more controversy when ‘liking’ a social media post disparaging of Solari after their Copa del Rey victory over Leganes.Asked about the pair, Ramos said: “Reverse the situation between Solari and Isco? It is complicated. In Madrid, everyone wants to play and this decision making is complicated for the coach. “But it’s Madrid and the questions are always who plays or does not play, if he misses an attacker, who is the keeper…? “We must feed the press.” last_img read more

13 days agoWest Ham midfielder Rice: Moyes right with past rollicking

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Rice: Moyes right with past rollickingby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice says a past rollicking from former manager David Moyes was deserved.Moyes was questioned for pointing the finger at the rookie after his mistake against Arsenal opened the floodgates to a 4-1 defeat in 2018.”You know what, he was right to hammer me,” said Rice. “I ducked for the ball and it’s gone in the back of the net. It was one of my early league starts [his 10th] and he absolutely grilled me in front of the lads.”I just sat there and took it but looking back on it now I think you need those moments, something to make you realise you have to get better. You can’t be thinking after a few games that you’re in.”You are going to get hit with something, and when I made that mistake against Arsenal it was kind of a reality check.”It was tough when Moyesy was grilling me in the dressing room, it hurt. But it was the right thing to do because I needed to be told.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Just for Laughs to be sold after reaching deal with investors group

first_imgMONTREAL – The embattled Just for Laughs group says it has found a buyer.The Montreal-based company says it has reached an agreement in principle with an unnamed group of investors.The company says the deal puts the ball in the court of media giant Quebecor, which can exercise its right to first refusal and equal the group’s offer in the next 12 days.Just for Laughs was rocked after several women came forward last fall with allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against its founder and majority stakeholder, Gilbert Rozon.Rozon said he would sell his majority shares in the Just for Laughs company he founded in response to the allegations, which he has denied and which have not been proven in court.Companies in this story: Quebecor (TSX;QBR.B)last_img read more

Toronto stocks up on final day of a difficult year for the

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher on the final day of trading of what has been a difficult year for stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 7.53 points at 14,229.53.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 114.15 points at 23,176.55. The S&P 500 index was up 2.89 points at 2,488.63, while the Nasdaq composite was down 0.87 of a point at 6,583.65.The Canadian dollar traded for 73.29 cents US compared with an average of 73.32 cents US on Friday.The February crude contract was down 33 cents at US$45.00 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 23.1 cents at US$3.07 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down 40 cents at US$1,282.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 4.35 cents at US$2.64 a pound.last_img read more

‘Stay indoor,’ says CM … cancels all rallies

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled all her political rallies scheduled on Friday and Saturday in the wake of cyclone ‘Fani’ and urged people to be safe and stay indoors.Banerjee will supervise the situation from Kharagpur in West Midnapore where she is currently staying. Expressing her concern, she advised people to stay indoors during the next 48 hours to prevent any untoward incidents. She also urged people to remain calm in the wake of this approaching natural calamity and not get swayed away by any rumours. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Don’t stay in the mud houses as they may collapse during the cyclone, putting human lives at risk. I would also request the common people to stay indoors as much as possible in the next 48 hours. I will request those staying in dilapidated houses to move to nearby rescue centres. If one is left with no other alternative and has to go out, he/she has to be extremely cautious. Keep an eye on the trees and electric poles,” Banerjee added. She has also made an appeal to the people to switch off electronic gadgets and put off gas cylinders during the storm as preventive measures. She also directed those living in the coastal districts to seek refuge in the rescue centres that have been opened by the state government in various districts. She also reminded that the state government is absolutely alert and closely monitoring the situation. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”I am continuously monitoring the situation and necessary instructions to the administration will be issued. The Chief Secretary of the state is also keeping an eye on the situation. I have also asked Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim to put in place all the necessary arrangements including the mobilisation of the disaster management forces to combat any untoward situation. The Mayor himself is monitoring the situation from the KMC headquarter,” she maintained. “People’s lives are more precious. Do not take any risk. I have also cancelled the election rallies that were supposed to be held through the next 48 hours to avoid any untoward incidents. The state government has sounded an alert to cope with the severe cyclonic storm. We are monitoring the situation from time-to-time,” Banerjee added. The state government has taken all precautionary measures in the districts including East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram and Kolkata. “All arrangements have been made in the districts. Relief materials have been sent to the districts and we have opened one monitoring cell at the state secretariat 24X7 to keep a watch on the situation,” Banerjee stated.last_img read more

NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds Hornets Rising Heat Falling

With just about five weeks remaining in the 2014-15 regular season, we present another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. How do these numbers work? In a nutshell, each team is ranked according to a projection of its strength over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the methodology, see our introductory rankings post.A few observations on this week’s ratings:Don’t look now, but the Charlotte Hornets suddenly have a 53 percent chance of making the playoffs in the East. Winners of six of their last seven games (including five straight), they also saw their long-term talent rating improve greatly with the prospect of guard Kemba Walker returning for the season’s stretch run. A knee injury has kept Walker out of action since late January.The Atlanta Hawks, owners of the league’s second-best record, still rank just 8th in our power ratings. What’s going on? It’s not their loss Saturday to the lowly Sixers, nor is it a disconnect between the team’s winning percentage and its point differential (they rank third overall in Basketball-Reference’s adjusted efficiency differential, so they’ve been winning by margins plenty strong). Instead, the issue is similar to what plagued the Hawks last week: Injury-related playing time allocations are working against them in the short term. This time, FiveThirtyEight favorite Kyle Korver sat out over the weekend and is listed as day-to-day in the injury report, which means more projected minutes for Kent Bazemore. Since Korver carries one of the best RPM ratings in the NBA (+4.5) and Bazemore sports one of the worst (-3.8), any shift in minutes from the former to the latter takes a toll on Atlanta’s power rating.The week’s two biggest risers are the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks, and both boosts come largely because key players are returning from injury.Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, owner of the seventh-best RPM in the NBA, suited up last week for the first time since aggravating his nagging shoulder injury on February 21, and his presence alone improved New Orleans by 2.5 rating points (to say nothing of the points gained by not having to play his backups as much). For Dallas, the big gains come with Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons re-joining the lineup. Our projections expect that pair to play about 54 combined minutes per team game over the upcoming week — an increase of 25 minutes per team game that yields a 1.9-point rating improvement for the Mavericks. They also project to gain 0.6 rating points via decreased minutes for players lower on the depth chart.Since the news of Jimmy Butler’s injury broke too late to be accounted for in last week’s rankings, the full extent of its damage can be seen in Chicago’s power rating this time around. A reduction of 26 minutes per game to Butler’s projection cost the Bulls 1.7 rating points, while big playing-time upticks for low-rated wings E’Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott set Chicago’s rating back by another 1.5 points. The loss of Butler was much more damaging to the Bulls than that of Derrick Rose, whose injury only cost the team about 0.4 points of power rating after his backups were accounted for.The Miami Heat have been hemorrhaging playoff probability for weeks now and are down to just a 30 percent chance of making the postseason despite sitting at 93 percent back on Feb. 2. The team has gone 7-8 since then, while Indiana, Boston and Charlotte — at that time, three of Miami’s chief competitors for the final pair of unclaimed Eastern Conference playoff slots — have gone a combined 28-14. But Miami’s bigger problem is that their talent pool has been drained, even after winning the trade deadline. Highly-rated players such as Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside, Luol Deng and prized deadline acquisition Goran Dragic are all injured (or listed as day-to-day), while the team is projected to give big minutes to poor RPM players such as Henry Walker, Michael Beasley and rookies Tyler Johnson and Shabazz Napier. read more

Will Buyout Season Help The Cavs And Warriors

It’s buyout season in the NBA, meaning that washed-up, out-of-favor or otherwise disgruntled veterans have begun to make their way to contenders. Specifically, Deron Williams and Jose Calderon have (or will soon have) new teams. Williams appears to be headed to Cleveland, where he’d become the latest in a long line of faded stars and aged role players to team up with LeBron, while Calderon seems likely to wind up in Golden State.Neither move would likely change how deep Cleveland or Golden State goes in the playoffs, but both players could fill key roles for the defending finalists.Deron WilliamsWilliams, who has already cleared waivers and has reportedly informed the Cavs that he’ll sign with them, has had a rough year in Dallas, being displaced in the rotation by Seth Curry, Devin Harris and Yogi Ferrell. He’s averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 29.3 minutes on the season but has seen his role cut considerably since January. But even though Williams’s overall stats remain down and he clearly isn’t the player he was earlier in his career, there’s a chance that he’ll fill the specific needs of the Cavs.LeBron James has publicly called for Cleveland to add another point guard to its roster after the departure of Matthew Dellavedova to restricted free agency, and the stats bear out the claim: The Cavaliers have only three players with an assist rate over 10 percent:1Basketball Reference.com’s assist rate is an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on the floor. LeBron (41.9), Kyrie Irving (30), and 21-year-old backup point guard Kay Felder. This season, Williams has a 40 percent assist rate, which may not be the best gauge of point guard play on its own but could be a good indicator that he can help the Cavs.While the Cleveland offense is known for ball movement and numerous 3-point shooters, it also relies on having a player initiate the offense using ball screens and drives. That’s what draws the defense’s attention away from the other, off-ball actions that spring Kyle Korver or Richard Jefferson open. Williams should help to keep those skills on the floor when James and Irving take a rest. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Williams scores 89.9 points per 100 possessions as a pick-and-roll ball handler (this is fairly good) and outperforms Felder in nearly every scoring category.Williams obviously won’t solve all of the Cavs’ problems — for that, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will need to return healthy and ready for the playoff run, and Andrew Bogut, who has secured his release from the Philadelphia 76ers and is expected to sign in Cleveland, will have to help hold down the fort until they return. But if Williams can do even a passable job at alleviating the playmaking deficiency that’s forced James into long minutes, he may prove just as crucial as either of those players.Jose CalderonCalderon was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers and is reportedly leaning toward the Warriors as his preferred destination. Calderon would be the Warriors’ third point guard, behind Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, so his role would be smaller in Oakland than Williams’s would be in Cleveland, but adding shooting off the bench is key for Golden State, which has surprisingly few dead-eye shooters on the roster behind Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. When Did Sports Become So Political? Related: Hot Takedown Calderon has never been a lockdown defender, and rarely even a serviceable one, but he’s always balanced that out by being one of the most efficient offensive players in the game, picking up a 50-40-90 season along the way. This season, his shooting numbers are all way off of his career norms — 41.6 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three, and a 50.8 true shooting percentage — though he’s also played fewer than 300 minutes on the season.During his longest stretch of extended action — an eight-game run in November and December during which he was pressed into starting — Calderon looked more like himself, posting a 60.2 true shooting percentage and 34.6 assist percentage. He also put up a 116 defensive rating to a 107 offensive rating, and the Lakers dropped five of those eight, so he wasn’t exactly a game-changer. But in a spot-role for the Warriors, he wouldn’t need to be.Most relevant to a job with the Warriors is Calderon’s 39.3 percent shooting on spot-up threes, making him, at worst, one more piece of shooting on a team that runs on the stuff.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more