Academic Position, Position

TT Assistant Professor of New Media – Interactive Art and Design at 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 for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in the area of Interactive Art and Design that will begin in the fall semester of 2016. The person selected for this position must have earned a MFA or Ph.D. in Interactive Media or a related equivalent prior to August 8, 2016 and be able to demonstrate the ability to specialize in one or more of the following areas: interactive installation art, mobile computing, wearable computing, game design/development, internet art, web design/development, and user experience design. Once hired, the faculty member will be expected to teach 12 contact hours per semester; develop an active program of scholarship and/or creative activity; and engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession. The faculty member hired for this position must also be versed in standard graphic software packages at a level sufficient enough to teach undergraduate students from introductory to advanced levels, and be able to demonstrate an ability to expand their practice, challenge students intellectually and conceptually; and inspire students to embrace the experimental aspects of the medium. Applicants with experience at an institution focused on the liberal arts and with prior professional and/or teaching experience, as well as those with knowledge of augmented reality and virtual reality, human computer interaction, 3D printing, and/or other relevant interactive design fields are 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 premiere liberal arts education. Faculty members 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 over 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. Therefore, the successful candidate for this position must be able to articulate a clear vision for a sustainable, highly productive scholarly career that preferably involves undergraduate students. In addition, candidates interested in collaborating with other programs at UNC Asheville and with professionals in the UNC system and the Asheville area that benefit UNC Asheville, its faculty and its students are encouraged to apply.

UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Faculty members across campus are encouraged to participate in leading the institution’s efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion in the areas of pedagogy, programming, and service activity. Therefore, candidates interested in teaching to and developing outreach activity for diverse student populations are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu. Complete applications will include a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy that includes interests in or potential for interdisciplinary teaching outside of the department; an artist statement/research interests that includes a description of future plans; a portfolio; examples of student work if applicable; unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference. The applicant’s letters of reference should address the candidate’s written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop a successful scholarly/artistic program. Review of applications will begin November 16, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Inquires only (no materials, please!) may be directed to Professor Lei Han (lhan@unca.edu), Chair, Department of New Media.

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

Qualifications
A MFA or Ph.D. earned prior to August 8, 2016 in Interactive Media or related equivalent prior is required for this position. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate through application materials and in the interview that they have the ability to specialize in one or more of the following areas: interactive installation art, mobile computing, wearable computing, game design/development, internet art, web design/development, and user experience design. Also expected in the application materials or in the interview are the ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; bring diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives into the classroom; guide/mentor students in their independent scholarly endeavors; and function professionally in a highly collaborative and increasingly diverse organization.
Special Instructions:
Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu. The applicant will enter information into the application system which will automatically request three letters of reference to be sent separately and confidentially that speaks to the candidate’s writing and interpersonal skills and ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students. Please, do not submit reference letters directly to the search chair.

Review of applications begins November 16th, 2015.

Inquiries only may be directed to Professor Lei Han (lhan@unca.edu), Search Committee Chair. Please do not submit any materials to this email address. All application materials, including letters submitted separately by references or portfolio services, must be uploaded via the application portal.


 

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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