Assistant Professor – Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, University of Nebraska Lincoln

The Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts will have experience in one or more of the following domains: game design, game development, storytelling, or virtual production. Duties include teaching a variety of courses at an undergraduate, and eventually, graduate level. As a tenure-track professor you will continue your outstanding creative work and research, help us develop new curriculum, advise and mentor students, and participate in university service and outreach. As part of our community you will contribute to and promote a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.

This position will have an apportionment of 50% teaching, 40% research and creative activity, and 10% service.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) seeks to achieve a working and learning environment that is open to all people. Diversity is the hallmark of great institutions of learning and has long been one of the strengths of our society. Dignity and respect for all in the UNL community is the responsibility of each individual member of the community. The realization of that responsibility across the campus is critical to UNL’s success.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree in emerging media arts, design or broadly related field, or a Bachelor’s degree combined with commensurate professional experience (a minimum of 5 years).
  • A portfolio of creative work demonstrating achievement in at least one of the following fields: game design; game development; storytelling; 3D rigging and animation; games, play, performance; motion capture; virtual production, game engines; character design, avatars; worldbuilding.
  • Demonstrated expertise with multiple tools for authoring games, virtual production, and emerging media, as shown through your portfolio of work and CV.
  • Experience working effectively with people, from the full range of diverse populations contributing to and promoting a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in teaching, research, creative practice, and service.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong interest in working collaboratively across disciplines as shown through previous work experience or demonstrated in your portfolio of work.
  • Clear and demonstrable awareness of and connections to industry.
  • Experience in teaching, even if not in the formal setting of higher education.
  • Ability to learn and teach new software, course content, and professional practices.
  • Strong commitment to a progressive emerging media arts education and active engagement with the latest industry developments.


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln was chartered as a land-grant university on February 15, 1869, to create opportunity for the state of Nebraska. A proud member of the Big Ten Conference, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Nebraska is classified within the Carnegie “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” category. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Always a place of high ambition, this was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees—the first being granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world’s first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today’s Prairie Schooner literary magazine, the University of Nebraska Press, and the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world’s most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation’s leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a research-extensive institution with an extraordinary focus on undergraduate education. Our undergraduates learn from faculty who create new knowledge, develop one-to-one connections with students and foster a sense of community in their classes. Several signature programs exemplify this commitment to undergraduate success.

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts is a new multi-million dollar facility and the premier interdisciplinary emerging media program. The Carson Center guides creative, young pioneers who use technology to innovate, to solve human-scale problems, to entertain audiences, and to tell breathtaking stories that stimulate, provoke and inspire.