Visiting Teaching Assistant Prof, Emergent Digital Practices

Colorado, USA, Denver
May 23, 2017
University of
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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 a non-tenure track, one-year Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in Emergent Digital Practices with capabilities to teach across our foundations courses in Digital Imaging, Time-based Media and Creative Coding. The position may be renewed for an additional year, contingent on continued need and funding. An MFA or equivalent is required. We seek an artist/scholar who is creatively and critically engaged in the practices and discourses of New Media. We are especially interested in candidates who are creative coders and visual artists. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for excellent teaching and will have a creative practice utilizing digital tools. Some of the responsibilities of the position include teaching eight 10-week classes per year in a program that serves undergraduate majors and minors in Emergent Digital Practices, as well as MFA and MA graduate students. The courses would include undergraduate foundation-level studio courses, an upper level elective studio tied to the practice of the candidate. Begin fall 2017. For more information about the program, see here.

Essential Functions

Teach eight courses in the Emergent Digital Practices foundations sequence: three sections of EDPX 2000 Imaging, one each in the fall, winter and spring quarters; three sections of EDPX 2400 Time, one each in the fall, winter, and spring quarters; either one section of EDPX 2100 Coding or EDPX 2300 Systems; and, one section of EDPX 3701/4701 Topics in the area of their specialty. The successful applicant will be required to teach at multiple levels of a curriculum that includes a BA, BFA, MA, and MFA.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The successful candidate will demonstrate through their portfolio of works an understanding of, and experience creating, experimental digital art that is also beautiful.

  • 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, transitions, and basic video editing. We have adopted and teach with Affinity Photo and Final Cut Pro.
  • 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 Topics: a portfolio of professional work that reflects experience in topic.

Required Qualifications

  • MFA or equivalent required at time of appointment.
  • Professional creative practice utilizing digital tools.
  • Ability to teach the basics of bitmap & vector visual imaging using Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, and teach the Foundations of Time-based media.
  • Ability to teach the fundamentals of Creative Coding using Processing or P5.JS and web-based interactivity.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience teaching Digital Imaging in a higher education setting.
  • Previous experience teaching Foundations of Time-based media in a higher education setting.
  • Previous experience teaching Foundations of Creative Coding in a higher education setting.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. For questions about this position, please contact Rafael Fajardo at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover Letter (include a URL for documentation of your work)
  2. CV (including software proficiencies)
  3. One page statement on how the candidate can contribute to DU's inclusive excellence (diversity, equity, and inclusion) mission (See
  4. Teaching philosophy statement.
  5. Artist's statement (include a list of specific works the committee should consider).

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

In addition to the online application, have three letters of recommendation sent directly to:

EDP Search CommitteeSchool of Art HistoryUniversity of Denver2121 East Asbury AvenueDenver, CO 80208

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