Baruch College – Assistant Professor of New Media Arts
Baruch College seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of New Media Arts. The New Media Arts Program is part of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences within the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. We seek applications from interdisciplinary candidates with records of excellence in conceptually-driven, materially-attuned, and critically-engaged new media arts practice.
We value candidates whose work critically engages with theoretical, social, and historical contexts for technology in contemporary visual art. We seek candidates who engage emerging creative technologies in their work in ways that highlight technology’s collaborative, poetic, experimental, material, and inclusive aspects. We encourage candidates whose artwork / research foregrounds social justice, ethics, and cultural diversity, for example by centering on issues related and relevant to historically-marginalized groups or individuals who identify as visible minorities. We welcome candidates whose scholarly approach to new media arts manifests critical awareness of how power, privilege, and bias can circulate in the interplay of emergent technology and art. In New Media Arts, we strive to build and support values of diversity, equity, and inclusion among our community, so we seek candidates who not only share a proven commitment to these values, but also integrate these issues directly within their creative research/ artistic practice and teaching. Ideal candidates will have experience facilitating productive critical discussions with students concerning these matters, and engaging with colleagues from other disciplines across the liberal arts. We especially encourage candidates whose practices can complement and expand areas of expertise of our current faculty members.
The successful candidate’s artistic practice will demonstrate their expertise with industry- standard tools, techniques, methods, and processes in one or more of the following areas: interactive installation and/or interactive media, creative coding, immersive worlds including VR/AR/MR/XR, game design, physical computing and/or robotics, 3D modeling and/or fabrication, moving image, generative and/or algorithmic art, web and/or app development, or other expanded fields in emergent new media arts. Along with possessing deep knowledge of their new media arts area of specialization, successful candidates will demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of current and hybrid theories and practices that are broadly relevant to the discipline at large.
In the New Media Arts Program (NMA), undergraduates attain artistic fluency, theoretical literacy, and technical proficiency through studies that culminate in a minor degree. We teach interdisciplinary and collaborative methods of artistic production in a range of media. At all levels, our classes are both hands-on and theory-driven. Across our curriculum, we stress software literacy—key translatable concepts and techniques that students learn to apply across diverse software environments—and we persistently usher students toward creating meaningful viable artworks. Students’ thesis capstone experience involves a public group exhibition at our teaching exhibition space, the New Media Artspace.
NMA is in a period of exciting change at Baruch, and we seek an enthusiastic colleague who can contribute to that growth in every respect. We are in the process of launching the NMA Studio, a new flexible teaching and community space equipped for New Media Arts production. The successful candidate will participate in the ongoing operation and development of the NMA Studio. They will guide decision-making toward acquiring discipline-specific software and equipment and will facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary use. The successful candidate will play a role in shaping the NMA program to elevate it within the College, and globally. This will include involvement with public-facing exhibitions and events at the New Media Artspace, where student capstone exhibitions are held every semester. More locally, they will have an opportunity to help shape individual lives among our diverse student body by taking a proactive hands-on approach to mentoring and advising: we currently enroll over 300 undergraduate students in our classes every year, including more than 100 who have declared New Media Arts their minor.
The successful candidate will have established a robust creative research / artistic practice and will be developing and maintaining a national and international reputation through creative activities in the public sphere. The ideal portfolio should comprise an established record of outstanding achievement with evidence of a trajectory toward tenure. It should evince both a distinctive artistic voice and a conceptually-coherent practice.
The successful candidate will:
- Maintain an active creative research profile / record of artistic achievement and establish growing recognition in the field
- Teach a mix of 3- and 4-credit courses totaling 18 credits per year
- Develop and implement new courses related to their area of expertise
- Contribute to curricular assessment and ongoing development at course and program levels
- Mentor underserved students and take an active role in undergraduate academic advising
- Participate in service to the Program, Department, School, College, University, and field
All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance to the tri-state area.
Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.
Compensation and Benefits
CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.
Candidates should possess:
- MFA or equivalent terminal degree
- Ongoing record of artistic achievement in the form of creative activities in a relevant new media arts specialization
- Evidence of teaching effectiveness
- Skills to mentor undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds
The preferred candidate may additionally possess:
- A notable record of professional practice and artistic accomplishment in an area of new media arts specialization. The record will document significant creative activities in the public sphere and evidence of growing recognition in the field
- Two years of teaching experience as the Instructor of Record at the college level
- Evidence of teaching excellence
- Thorough critical understanding of the theories, practices, and history of new media arts
- Expertise in some or most of the following: Adobe Creative Suite, Unity, Unreal, p5.js, object-oriented programming languages (e.g., C#, C++, Python, etc.), physical computing, autonomous systems, lens-based media creation, game design and interactivity beyond traditional gaming industry, AR/VR/MR/XR, 3D modeling (e.g., Blender, Maya, etc.), front end web development, UI/UX
- Experience working collaboratively and across disciplines is considered an asset
- Administrative experience at a post-secondary institution is considered an asset
- Experience with media lab development or analogous is considered an asset
- Ability to contribute to the School- and College-wide initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is considered an asset
How to Apply
STEP ONE –
Go to the CUNY website cuny.jobs to see the complete position description and job requirements in CUNYfirst under Job Opening ID #24853. You can view and apply for this job in CUNYfirst via the following direct link to the posting https://cuny.jobs/new-york-ny/assistant-professor-new-media-arts/5E6AFD358E4341DCA1A9E6984E6694EC/job/
To be considered for this position, please submit your application online by clicking on “Apply Now” below. Candidates should provide:
- Cover letter
- Statement on Research Interests
- Portfolio (Candidates may choose between submitting a link to a professional website or a portfolio of 20 examples of professional work in a single PDF file. Time based media may not exceed 5 minutes total.)
- Teaching Philosophy
- Statement on Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Sample Syllabi (maximum 2 at different levels)
- Examples of student work (maximum 12)
- Names and contact information for three references
STEP TWO – Go to https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/hrref/
All applicants are required to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted electronically by their references as described below.
Please go to https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/hrref/ and enter the contact information for three (3) references. The online system will automatically send your references a request to submit a letter via the system. Full instructions will be provided.
Emailed or hard copy applications will not be considered.
Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2022, and priority will be given to applications received by that date. The position will be open until filled. (REVISED)
CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.