Academic Position

One-Year Lecturer of New Media, UNC Asheville

The Department of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville, the UNC system’s designated public liberal arts institution, seeks qualified applicants with expertise in animation for a full-time, one-year lecturer position that will begin in the fall semester of 2018. The person selected for this position must have earned an MFA or Ph.D. in New Media or related discipline prior to August 15, 2018 and will be expected to teach 12 contact hours per semester; combine their own research expertise with those of the other New Media faculty to further develop our curriculum; and engage in undergraduate research program; engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession. The department is particularly interested in individuals with expertise in traditional and emerging animation precedents. The ideal candidate will demonstrate awareness of both traditional and digital modes of animation and an ability to motivate students to explore diverse animation philosophies-including cross and multicultural perspectives in animation, and potential careers, ranging from 2D to 3D, character and experimental filmmaking, to gaming. Preferred qualifications also include storyboarding, production design, virtual reality, and motion capture. Among the primary responsibilities for this position will be teaching undergraduate courses in Introductory Digital Design, Introductory Motion Media, Virtual Reality, and Advanced Special Effects/Compositing. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and experience at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

In addition to having a passion for undergraduate teaching, research and mentorship, the UNC Asheville faculty is committed to disciplinary teaching through an inter- and multi-disciplinary lens and providing a premier liberal arts education. Faculty members also teach across the University’s Liberal Arts Core (LAC) program, our required interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum in courses that include, but are not limited to: introductory (freshman) colloquia; diversity intensives; courses that satisfy the Scientific Perspectives, Social Science courses and Arts and Ideas requirements; courses within the Humanities Program; and LAC Senior Capstone courses.

UNC Asheville has been a national leader in undergraduate research for more than 30 years, and over 60% of our students graduate each year having been involved in this important learning experience. The University fully embraces the idea of mentored undergraduate research being one of the highest forms of teaching, and the institution values success in this facet of a faculty member’s work.

The University of North Carolina at Asheville is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic and educational community, welcoming and supportive of faculty and staff from all racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and gender-identity backgrounds. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds and interests align with this commitment. The successful candidate will be expected to engage students from among under-represented groups and to assist in the development of pedagogies and experiences appropriate for diverse learning styles and perspectives. We expect applicants to each write a 1-2 page Diversity Statement describing: (a) their experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and © their understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal art university.

For more information, please visit the listing on our website. Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu. Complete applications should include:
1) A cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Mac compatible PowerPoint (limited to 20 slides of personal work and 20 slides of student work) or provide a link to your portfolio including student work
4) A statement of teaching philosophy that includes interest in or potential for interdisciplinary teaching outside of the department
5) A statement addressing your current creative work/research (one page maximum)
6) List of courses taught; examples of syllabi; summary of teaching evaluations
7) Diversity statement (described above)
8) Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
The applicant should provide names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately; these references should address the candidate’s written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquires may be directed to Lei Han (lhan@unca.edu ), Chair, Department of New Media.

UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants and employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, and ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.

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