Dorothy and Dale Thompson Missouri Professorship in the Arts in Interactive Design and Emerging Creative Technologies – University of Missouri-Kansas City

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is conducting a search for the Dorothy and Dale Thompson Missouri Professorship in the Arts, an open rank, full-time, benefit-eligible 9-month position, with a focus on interactive design and emerging creative technologies. Specifically, we are seeking applications from candidates who possess an understanding of the critical, historical and theoretical aspects of technology within visual arts. The ideal candidate will demonstrate proficiency with current industry tools, processes, methodologies, standards, and practices in areas such as UI/UX, motion graphics, interactive design, game design, AR/VR, experiential design, data visualization, mobile applications and other emergent technologies for artists and designers. The candidate should be especially insightful to the ways in which these areas can enhance community and culture through storytelling.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an exceptional approach to their own creative research, developing and maintaining a national and international reputation through projects, writings, lectures, and other creative outlets. The selected candidate will also have a fundamental role in shaping the future of studio art and design at UMKC and its relationship to the university, and the local/global design community. They will also have an important role in mentoring underserved students. They will be expected to participate in developing a new curriculum around their expertise.


The Department of Art and Art History programs provide students with tools to develop creative and critical thinking skills, visual and verbal communication abilities and versatility in professional and personal situations. We serve a variety of students from non-majors to the professionally oriented with minors and BA degrees in studio art along with additional BA and MA degrees in art history. Our faculty includes accomplished and nationally exhibiting artists, as well as dedicated and actively publishing art historians. The department’s own UMKC Gallery of Art, visiting artists and scholars and gallery exhibitions supplement coursework and provide unique interactive learning opportunities outside of the classroom. We engage students in high-impact learning trips such at local artists’ studios and active art hubs across the country. Physical proximity and professional connections to museums, studios and organizations in Kansas City offer students additional opportunities for internships, access to visiting artists and enrichment programs to enhance their education.