The Department of Studio Arts at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a full-time Teaching Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Performance with a focus in Animation beginning September 1, 2024, pending budgetary approval. This full-time position is an appointment stream (outside the tenure stream), a three-year position with the possibility for renewal, and would be affiliated with the Film and Media Studies Program. It cannot be held simultaneously with other full-time employment, either on or off-campus.
The Department of Studio Arts emphasizes integrative art-making that relates to all realms of our complex contemporary world. We are committed to providing our students with a variety of perspectives, mentors, and role models. The department currently offers hands-on undergraduate courses in Visual Thinking, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Printmaking, Digital Photography, Digital Imaging, Animation, and Video. You can read more about the program on our website, http://studioarts.pitt.edu/. We seek a colleague whose studio support, teaching, and service will extend our mission by contributing diverse perspectives and experiences to program and departmental initiatives.
–Teach 3 courses per semester in Animation, Digital Imaging, and Performance with support in Visual Thinking (Foundation Design equivalent)
–Meet with students beyond the classroom as may be appropriate to their educational needs
–Work closely with other faculty to coordinate curricular plans
–Share responsibilities managing the digital lab
–Support the university and the department through shared and rotating service efforts
–Professional degree in Studio arts (MFA or equivalent)
–Broad knowledge and experience in a variety of digital technologies that may include 2D and 3D animation, raster and vector image creation/editing, code, 3D/VR/AR, digital fabrication, and/or emerging practices
–Broad knowledge and experience with performance art that may include live, interactive, multimedia, virtual, site-specific, social practice, and/or expanded practices
–Knowledge of composition, relationships of form and content, principles of color, aesthetic issues, visual analysis, perception, and the importance of visual choice, purpose, and creativity in an image-oriented culture
–Expansive knowledge of art history, contemporary issues in new media, and critical dialogue in the visual arts
–Commitment to the values of equity, inclusion, accessibility, and diversity
–Preferred University level teaching experience
–Preferred commitment to a professional show record
–Preferred knowledge of Canvas or other online LMS
Applications should include:
–Letter of interest addressing skills and experience
–A Curriculum Vitae
–Artist statement (1-2 pages)
–Teaching and diversity statement (1-2 pages)
–15-20 samples of each of the candidate’s creative work and their students’ work accompanied by a descriptive list
–Contact information (full name, title, and email) for three persons able to provide confidential professional letters of recommendation. We do not need the letters themselves at this time, only the contact information
The review of applications will begin on November 6, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Evan Zajdel, Administrative Officer (email@example.com).
The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse education and work environment.