ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF DIGITAL ARTS & SCIENCES at UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA DIGITAL WORLDS INSTITUTE

Position Description: Full-time, twelve month, tenure accruing faculty position. The successful candidate will become a member of a team of transdisciplinary Digital Arts & Sciences (DAS) faculty. The DAS faculty form the core of a dynamic academic and research consortium between UF’s College of the Arts, College of Engineering, College of Journalism & Communications, and others, centered at the Digital Worlds Institute. The tenure track for this position will reside in the interdisciplinary Digital Worlds Institute. 

The DAS faculty member will bring expertise and research interests in areas aligned with both the mission of the Institute and the University. An ideal candidate would have demonstrated expertise in at least two (or more) of the following areas: scientific data visualization, design and implementation of interactive media, industry-standard modeling, animation and compositing software (2D and 3D), interaction design and interdisciplinary research and project development.

Date of Expected Hire: August 16, 2015

Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a full benefits package.

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida's online application system at https://jobs.ufl.edu. Requisition Number : 0906911. Online applications must include the following: (1) a detailed letter of application; (2) professional resume or CV; and (3) list of three professional references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time. Review of applications will begin November 17, 2014 and continue until an applicant pool is established. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by November 14, 2014. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

Responsibilities: This position will include teaching, research and service within the Digital Worlds Institute. The faculty member will engage in teaching of the existing interdisciplinary MA and BA courses while also promoting the further development of graduate and undergraduate Digital Arts & Sciences (DAS) programs. The faculty will also direct and support undergraduate and graduate student research across the partnering colleges and Institute. Percentage of teaching responsibilities would be dependent upon on the needs of the academic program and the demands and developments of departmental and externally-funded research within any given semester. Initial service activities would consist primarily in assisting in Department research and production initiatives as well as other duties as assigned across the 12 month period.

Minimum Qualifications: Terminal degree in an appropriate area (i.e. MFA or Ph.D.) and a minimum of three to five years of professional experience in an area related to Digital Arts & Sciences. The successful candidate will have a record of creativity, research and/or professional project development appropriate to be appointed at the assistant professor level.

Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate will have both academic and industry experience, and be able to work effectively with a wide variety of collaborators both within and outside of the Institute. Research interests that align with areas including Big Data, large-scale dynamic systems visualization, and scalable interactive media development would be desirable.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call +1 (352) 392- 4621 or the Florida Relay System at +1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff., seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and those who practice conduct of inclusion.

The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida‘s Government in the Sunshine and Public Records Laws. Search committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and any other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection.

The University of Florida:

The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Hippodrome State Theatre. 

COLLEGE OF THE ARTS:

The College of the Arts fosters creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence and innovation across disciplines. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical thinking and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination. The College offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,100 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 100 faculty members in its three accredited schools — the School of Art + Art History, School of Music, School of Theatre + Dance. In addition to its schools, the college comprises the Center for Arts and Public Policy, Center for Arts in Medicine, Center for World Arts, Digital Worlds Institute, University Galleries and the college program of the New World School of the Arts in Miami. 

DIGITAL WORLDS INSTITUTE:

Digital Worlds Institute (DW) is an interdisciplinary institute that offers academic and research programs at the intersection of the arts, communications and technology. Founded in 2001 as a partnership between the College of the Arts and the College of Engineering, DW has grown its initiatives across additional units including the Colleges of Education, Journalism & Communications and the Health Sciences. DW offers both a graduate and an undergraduate program in Digital Arts & Sciences. By bringing together the diverse talents of UF faculty, students and staff in a multifaceted collaborative environment, the Institute serves as a platform for interdisciplinary research and teaching that would not have occurred within the confines of any one college or department. Through the use of interactive tools and technologies, the Institute promotes transdisciplinary creativity across classrooms, continents and cultures. For more information, visit www.digitalworlds.ufl.edu .