Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art and Performance 


The School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies and the Interdisciplinary Art and Performance (IAP) Program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, at Arizona State University (ASU) invite applications for a tenure-track full-time Assistant Professor position with expertise in contemporary media production including one or more of the following areas: high-quality motion video and sound, video editing and production for multiple platforms, video art, documentary, interactive media, experimental animation, 3D modeling, real-time video coding (VJing, projection mapping, etc.), and/or other fields in new media arts. We seek an interdisciplinary candidate with a growing record of excellence in the conceptually driven and humanistic understanding of technology, specifically whose practice-based work critically engages with theoretical, social, and historical contexts for technology in contemporary visual art and/or performing arts. The successful candidate’s artistic practice will demonstrate their expertise with industry-standard tools, techniques, methods, and processes.

We seek an artist and researcher whose expertise falls within the purview of interdisciplinarity, new media, performance, humanities, cultural studies, and social practice. This candidate should be able to have a demonstrated ability to bring a concept or script to life and an ability for creativity and knowledge in the process of presenting narratives, both short and long. Candidates should have the ability to critique diverse categories of social and/or cultural interaction and provide a framework for students to experiment with and revise prevailing distinctions between creative and intellectual fields while engaging in open dialogue about topics in contemporary art, media, and culture.

The anticipated teaching portfolio of the successful candidate will include undergraduate and may include graduate courses in some of the following: video, digital editing, media literacy, 3-D modeling, digital graphic design, and other media, including familiarity with systems of knowledge outside of the field of art. Candidates must be invested in art-making and aesthetic theory as forms of critical inquiry integrating research and interdisciplinary problem-solving. The position could include supporting the teaching of our online IAP program, which mirrors the immersion program.

The IAP program allows students to develop intellectual and creative strengths towards future careers that revolve around contemporary art, media, and culture. IAP facilitates individual educational and professional goals specific to each student that often combine critical thinking, problem solving, and conceptual development with other academic areas, from the humanities to digital arts, performance, philosophy, psychology, humanities, and cultural studies. The program facilitates experimental creation in the form of interdisciplinary exchanges and collaborations.

Teaching will encompass the entire curricular range from introductory courses for both prospective majors and general education students, to intermediate, advanced, and graduate courses focused on connecting material and immaterial art practices with current issues and theory. They will be able to offer students sustained access and rigorous exposure to interdisciplinary art practices in order to stimulate open consideration of the role of art in communities. Other areas involved in this conversation would necessarily include: the nature of audience-artist relationships; the softening of disciplinary boundaries; the potential for creative practice in political mobilization; and the role of art in society and across the arts, humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences in a liberal arts curriculum. Since our online IAP program is highly enrolled, it is critical that the successful candidate will have experience and/or interest in online education. Tenure-track candidates in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences typically teach two (2) courses per semester with a 20% service obligation, and 40% of their time on research.

The candidate will be expected to collaborate and contribute effectively within our community with a strong commitment to facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion. ASU’s faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

About the School:

Members of the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (SHArCS) in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences are committed to excellence in teaching and research, and SHArCS is proud of the accomplishments of our faculty, students, and graduates. We are a research-oriented school where our priority is the discovery of new knowledge in all of our degree areas. Faculty in SHArCS contribute to the master’s programs in Interdisciplinary Studies (now with an IAP concentration); Social Justice and Human Rights; and English. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty-student collaborative research projects, explore cross-cultural and global perspectives, employ the latest computer technology, and apply what they have learned in community-based internships. More information about the School, its faculty, and its degree programs can be found at https://newcollege.asu.edu/humanities-arts-cultural-studies-degree-programs.

ASU is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

New College strives to uphold values of cultural and intellectual diversity and to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment where all can thrive, share ideas, and pursue their goals.

Essential Functions of the Position:

Teach courses in digital/video editing (beginning and advanced levels), 3-D Modeling, graphic arts production, and digital/video art conception and production; these could include both in-person and online versions of these courses.

Pursue a trajectory of creative research that is recognized nationally and internationally

Participate in department, university, and professional service


Required Qualifications:

PhD or MFA or other terminal degree is expected by time of appointment

Desired Qualifications:  

Teaching expertise in two or more of the following areas: high-quality motion video and sound, video editing and production for multiple platforms, video art, documentary, interactive media, experimental animation, 3D modeling, real-time video coding (VJing, projection mapping, etc.), and/or other fields in new media arts.

Candidates must be invested in art-making and aesthetic theory as forms of critical inquiry integrating research and interdisciplinary problem-solving.

Teaching experience at college/university level.

Experience in online and in-person teaching of the arts.

Strong student success focus in teaching and mentoring.

Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including first-generation college students.

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: 

The initial application deadline is December 23, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. A background check and official transcripts are required prior to employment. 

Application Procedure:

Only electronic submissions via Interfolio will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit all application materials to apply.interfolio.com/116827.

Applications must contain:

Cover letter that addresses the required and desired qualifications

Curriculum vitae with contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address

Evidence of teaching effectiveness – e.g., student evaluations, syllabi, peer observation, annual evaluations, etc. 

One-page statement of philosophy statement of teaching in the arts and interdisciplinarity (two pages maximum)

Portfolio of artistic and creative research work, combined into a single PDF, which can include URLs to creative work that include no more than twenty images and/or ten minutes of media

Unofficial graduate transcripts

Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number)

A statement with specific examples and indication of impact that describes how your teaching interests and experience have intersected with and/or will contribute to matters of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

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