Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, Emergent Digital Practices – University of Denver

The Emergent Digital Practices program brings together art, design, media, culture and technology studies in a hands-on, collaborative environment. Technology links academic disciplines with professional fields and joins shared communities with our personal lives in many new and exciting ways. To understand and explore this landscape, we infuse the digital practices of making and writing with contemporary critical approaches to cultural technologies, media philosophy, the critique and investigation of electronic and new media arts, and studies in science fiction, trans-global politics and science.

Position Summary

The Emergent Digital Practices program is accepting applications for two non-tenure track, one-year Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in Emergent Digital Practices to being in Fall 2019. Positions may extend for an additional year, contingent on continued need and funding. EDP especially encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. We seek an artist/scholar who is creatively and critically engaged in the practices and discourses of New Media. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for excellent teaching and will have a creative practice utilizing digital tools. We are looking for candidates with capabilities to teach across our foundations courses in as many of the following areas as possible: Digital Imaging (raster, vector), Time-based Media, and Creative Coding. In addition, candidates will need to teach a cultural/critical class (broadly defined as the history, aesthetics, and theory of various making subcultures in the digital realm) to majors and students across the University. We will be looking to fill two Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor positions for the upcoming academic year. Responsibilities of the positions will differ slightly. One position will include teaching seven 10-week classes per year and additional short workshops while the other position will teach eight 10-week classes per year. These classes will be within a program that serves undergraduate majors and minors, as well as MFA and MA graduate students in Emergent Digital Practices. The courses would include undergraduate foundation-level studio courses, an upper level elective studio tied to the practice of the candidate and a critically oriented class connected to discourses in Emergent Media in the interest/specialty or the candidate. Candidates interested in the position that includes workshops should include a brief list of six to ten possible topics for these one-time two hour workshops. Classes are taught in well-equipped Mac studios and several state-of-the-art creative and performative spaces.

For more information about the program, see The Emergent Digital Practices Program and the University of Denver are strongly committed to building an inclusive and diverse educational environment. Candidates must show a commitment to diversity and inclusion through the incorporation of ethnically and racially diverse content in their courses. We are looking for someone who can work effectively with ethnically/racially diverse populations and bring a multicultural perspective to our program and students.

Essential Functions

  • Teach seven or eight courses in the Emergent Digital Practices Program. These include: up to five sections in our foundation sequence: EDPX 2000 Imaging, EDPX 2400 Time, EDPX 2300 Systems, and/or EDPX 2100 Coding; and one or more sections of upper division classes within their area of specialty including teaching digital cultures courses (broadly defined as history, art, internet, and other subcultures in the digital realm). A series of short workshops will be taught throughout the year to EDP students.
  • The successful applicant will be required to teach at multiple levels of a curriculum that includes a BA, BFA, MA, and MFA.
  • Capture student outcomes in Canvas Learning Management System.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • The successful candidate will demonstrate through their portfolio of works an understanding of, and experience creating with, a range of digital tools.
  • For Imaging: creation and manipulation of images with raster and vector image editing software packages. We have adopted and teach with Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer.
  • Experience with other vector and raster software packages will be helpful but not required.
  • For Time-based media: creation and manipulation of sequences of images, audio, transitions, and basic video/audio editing. We have adopted and teach with Final Cut Pro and Audacity.
  • For Coding: scope and sequence appropriate for creative coding leading up to and including the manipulation of variables, arrays, classes and objects. We have adopted and teach with Processing and P5.Js.
  • For upper division classes: a portfolio of professional work that reflects experience in topic.

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD/MFA or equivalent terminal degree at time of appointment and a professional creative practice utilizing digital tools or Equivalent professional experience with a teaching background and a professional creative practice utilizing digital tools.
  • Candidate must be able to teach the basics of bitmap & vector visual imaging using Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer and teach the foundations of time-based media.
  • Candidate must also be able to teach the fundamentals of creative coding using Processing or P5.JS and web-based interactivity.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD, MFA or equivalent terminal degree in hand at time of application.
  • A professional creative practice utilizing digital tools.
  • Previous experience teaching Digital Imaging in a higher education setting.
  • Previous experience teaching the foundations of Time-based media in a higher education setting.
  • Previous experience teaching the foundations of creative coding in a higher education setting.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on May 31, 2019

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:

Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Artist’s Statement
  • A URL for documentation of your work (include a list of the specific works the committee should consider)
  • Candidates interested in the position that includes workshops should include a brief list of six to ten possible topics for these one-time two hour workshops.
  • Contact information for 3 references.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.



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