Assistant Professor, Interactive Arts and Media

Chicago, Illinois
Nov 01, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Columbia College Chicago is searching for four tenure-track positions in a cluster hire focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to begin in Fall 2018. We will be searching for positions in History, Theatre, Cinema and Television, and Interactive Arts and Media. We seek individuals in these fields whose work specifically addresses the lives and experiences of communities of color in the United States, and whose work delves into an artistic or scholarly engagement that articulates the cultural productions and nuances of these communities and examines how their contributions and this body of knowledge can help expand our College’s curriculum. Each of the individuals hired in these positions, along with holding a faculty line in their respective departments, will work alongside the Dean of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to help expand the curricular offerings of the college and move forward our initiatives on DEI. For more information on the office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion please visit:

Game Design/Programmer AR, VR, MR

The Interactive Arts and Media Department seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in Game Design or Programming for Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality. Successful candidates will demonstrate technical and critical expertise in either field as well as expertise in issues of race, representation, and related structural absences in interactive media industries. The candidate’s knowledge in a specific media field (game design or programming) should be matched by a vibrant, complementary practice that directly contributes to the broader portfolio of applied media research and related civic tech initiatives in the School of Media Arts.

The department serves as a research and development hub for the School, connecting emerging media forms to other areas of scholarly inquiry and practice, including film, television, audio arts and journalism. We are interested in candidates who can further the cross-industrial application of new technologies.

The candidate must exhibit excellent teaching and scholarly credentials and be passionate about undergraduate and graduate education.  Intellectual curiosity, an ability to communicate and work well in teams, and an understanding of team production methodologies is essential.  Of particular interest are those with proven leadership skills, experience in curriculum development, and an interest in coordinating one of the above-mentioned fields.

As a metropolitan campus with deep connections to Chicago’s diverse media and information landscape, faculty and students in the School of Media Arts are part of a connected city-wide learning laboratory that prepares them to be empowered voices, deeply skilled artists and cultural producers, and leaders in the future of our collective media industries. We seek candidates who are similarly invested in the intersections between media, technology and civic capacity building.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teach three courses per semester
  • Additional responsibilities include departmental and college-wide committees.


  • MFA or terminal degree in a field relevant to the position.

To ensure consideration, applicants should submit the following as one document (.doc .docx or .pdf):

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  •  of Teaching Philosophy
  • Sample Publication (if appropriate)


Candidates considered for interviews will be asked to provide three letters of reference and evidence of successful teaching at the time of invitation.

Review of applications will begin November, 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

Additional Information

Position subject to a background screening.

This is a non-union position.

Candidates from underrepresented minority groups and who have a strong commitment to enhancing diversity in academia and an interest in mentoring diverse students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Columbia College Chicago is an EEO Employer

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