Assistant or Associate Professor of Visualization in New Media Communications at Oregon State University

School of Arts & Communication – New Media Communications OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Position Announcement: Assistant or Associate Professor of Visualization

EFFECTIVE DATE OF POSITION: 16 September 2015 APPOINTMENT: 1.0 FTE, 9-month, tenure track

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD, MFA, or other terminal degree in visualization, information science, digital design, digital media, computer science, interactive design, 2D and/or 3D animation, gamification, virtual reality, augmented reality, or other related field; demonstrated excellence in teaching; record of scholarly achievement or scholarly promise in a program of research, evidence of commitment to school, university and community service; and a history of dedication to the establishment of a community of scholar/teachers. Qualifications include a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

POSITION: Oregon State University’s commitment to student success includes hiring, retaining, and developing diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation. Our Strategic Plan ( articulates the strategies we believe critical to advancing and equalizing student success. As part of this commitment, OSU has established a hiring initiative for 2014-15 that is designed to support these strategies. In alignment with this initiative, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) seeks to fill this position in New Media Communications.

The School of Arts and Communication (SAC) invites applications for an assistant/associate professor of Visualization in the New Media Communications (NMC) program. Primary areas of interest should include scientific visualization, visualization technologies and/or interactive media. Teaching and research/creative activities should pertain to visualization. The position is a 1.0 FTE, 9-month appointment. Beginning salary is competitive, and the benefits package includes several options for health/dental/life insurance and retirement. The tenure line will be in School of Arts and Communication with a home in New Media Communications.

The School of Arts and Communication includes programs in Art, Music, New Media Communications, Speech Communication, and Theatre. SAC is one of six schools in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.

New Media Communications focuses on historical patterns and current trends and future developments in media, the fundamentals of content creation, technological skills, knowledge of media and society, and media business acumen to produce tomorrow’s media leaders. The NMC program offers BS, BA, and BFA degrees in Digital Communication Arts. All students explore media technology, media law and policy, and the social impact of media. NMC also provides students a foundation in production practices for good storytelling in an age of ever changing digital technologies. Building on these fundamental areas, students choose to study specific concentrations including media production, media management, and media and society.


50% Teaching, Advising & Mentoring

40% Research & Scholarship

10% Service 2

TEACHING AND MENTORING EXPECTATIONS: The typical teaching load across three academic quarters is six courses including introductory as well as upper division classes that contribute to the Digital Communication Arts major. Specifically, this faculty member will be responsible for creating and teaching courses in the theory and practice of visualization. The types of courses developed should provide demonstrable impact for citizens. The teaching of contemporary visualization technology and techniques will focus on the explication/illustration/narrative of data related to social, economic, environmental, or other research issues.

Teaching in the SAC requires educating and mentoring a diverse group of learners, which includes creating high-impact opportunities such as:

• Sponsoring student research or internships

• Developing study abroad opportunities, service learning courses, and/or using innovative pedagogies such as hybrid or online learning.

• Developing collaborative teaching opportunities with other disciplines.

Teaching in the SAC also requires mentoring undergraduate students as appropriate in their scholastic academic, research and professional development to support student success. Priority will be given to working with undergraduate Digital Communication Arts majors and connecting with majors in other SAC programs.

RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP EXPECTATIONS: The faculty member is expected to maintain interdisciplinary scholarly and/or creative activities in the area of expertise. This work may be generated both collaboratively and independently, should be validated by peer-review, and must be communicated in appropriate ways valuable to the school and discipline, such as:

• Journal articles and/or books recognized as relevant to visualization research

• Book chapters

• Professional/public presentations

• Creative work/art exhibitions

Scholarship and research of the successful candidate will strengthen connections to other academic units through support of interdisciplinary collaboration among SAC programs (art, music, speech communication, theatre), across CLA, and with other colleges conducting applicable research at OSU.

SERVICE EXPECTATIONS: School, college, and university service expectations include serving on program, school or college committees as appropriate, and participation in professional academic organizations outside the University, including professional and community-based groups that advance OSU’s goals of student success and diversity.

Over time, it is reasonable to expect an evolution of specific duties within the three major categories described above. As such, other specific duties, as assigned and agreed, will amend this position description.


1. PhD, MFA or other terminal degree in visualization, information science, digital design, digital media, computer science, interactive design, 2D and/or 3D animation, gamification, virtual reality, augmented reality, or other related field.

2. Demonstrated experience in teaching visualization.

3. Record of scholarly publications, presentations, creative exhibitions, or demonstrated scholarly potential commensurate with expectations for an assistant or associate professor at Oregon State University.

4. Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.


1. Demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate student research

2. Demonstrated ability to work with other faculty and students on interdisciplinary/collaborative projects

3. Dedication to the establishment of a community of scholar/teachers

4. Prior experience in teaching or working in a related professional field


1. Letter of application – include on separate page your Professional Statement: teaching and research philosophy

2. Current, comprehensive vita with the names, email addresses and phone numbers of five (5) references.

3. Scholarly writing sample (e.g., published essay, conference paper – upload as “Other Document”).

4. Digital portfolio (upload as “Other Document2”).

5. Teaching evaluation summaries of undergraduate (and graduate, if available) courses, if applicable (upload as “Other Document 3”).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Screening begins December 21, 2014, and continues until a qualified candidate is hired.

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