ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN TRANSMEDIA
Position Number: 22586BR
Appointment: Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2021
Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin February 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
The Texas Tech University J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts in collaboration with the School of Art is accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of transmedia. This position seeks a dynamic and talented artist with a commitment to helping to guide the new transmedia program and nurture the next generation of artists enrolled in our BFA program. The successful candidate will begin service at the beginning of the 2021 fall semester.
Diversity and Equity in education are broad concepts that encompass all the unique characteristics that students, staff, and faculty can bring to an institution. At the School of Art, we are committed to inclusive excellence. Within your letter of application, we highly encourage applicants to explain how your previous and potential contributions enhance a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, creative activity and/or service.
Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply.
Qualifications: MFA in Digital Media or related field; active exhibition record and/or other evidence of creative/critical practice; a significant portfolio of creative work; proficiency of industry-standard software and workflows such as Adobe Creative Suites (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, After Effects), Cinema 4D, Z-brush, Unity, etc. (more than one is preferred). Commitment to quality, student-centered education and working as a team member. A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations.
Ideal candidates will have a mastery of professional hardware equipment and multiple software applications, experience in the creative industry. One or more years of teaching related to the position of hire is highly desired along with experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students.
The successful candidate will:
- Demonstrate ability to teach all levels of undergraduate and graduate Transmedia courses including digital imaging and computer graphics, digital video production, 2D and 3D animation, and motion graphics.
- Collaborate with students and faculty from different studio art and design programs within the School of Art, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration across the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the university.
- Demonstrate proficiency in industry-standard software and workflows
- Actively participate in reviews, outreach, student advising, and recruitment activities.
- Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.
The School of Art is NASAD accredited and offers the BA in Art History, BA in Art, the BFA in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Visual Studies (teacher certification), the MAE, the MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History, and the Ph.D. in Fine Arts with a major in Art termed “Critical Studies and Artistic Practice.” A faculty of 31 full-time professors serves approximately 250 undergraduate students and 60 students involved in graduate study. The School has many prominent alumni, including Caleb Bennett, John Hitchcock, Rob Wilson, Ken Little, Real Musgrave and Lana Rigsby. Technical and administrative support includes a total of 13 staff positions. The School’s Visual Resource Center maintains art reference books, current art periodicals, instructional media, digital classrooms, and a legacy slide collection, as well as an expanding collection of digital images for teaching and research. Additional images are available through ARTStor and online at the university library. The program also supports the Landmark Arts Galleries and the Standing Room Only Photography Gallery (SRO). For more information, visit www.art.ttu.edu.
The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts comprises the School of Art, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre & Dance, accredited by NASAD, NASM, NAST, and NASD, respectively. TTU is the only public university in the state accredited in all four arts areas, and boasts many acclaimed alumni, including Susan Graham, Terry Cook, Ann Sanders, G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin, Jennifer Smith, Scott Dadich, Susanne Klotz and D.J. Stout. With more than 120 faculty members and approximately 1,100 students, the College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the terminal M.F.A., D.M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. Our unique Ph.D. program in Fine Arts provides interdisciplinary education in the visual & performing arts combined with philosophical aesthetics. For more information, visit www.vpa.ttu.edu.
Texas Tech University, established in 1923, is a Carnegie Highest Research Activity university and the largest comprehensive institution of higher education in the western two-thirds of the state (a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 states). Texas Tech University is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The university’s 1,839-acre Spanish Renaissance style campus, which serves approximately 36,000 students, is the only one in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school. Lubbock, the hub of the South Plains, has a multicultural area population of almost 300,000 and offers a quality living experience with a semi-arid climate and housing costs below the national average. The city supports a symphony orchestra; several museums; the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts; numerous galleries; and a variety of music, dance, and theatre performances. Lubbock’s airport offers direct flights to Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Denver, and Las Vegas.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:
As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.
Apply online at http://www.texastech.edu/careers/
Please provide the following with your application:
1. Letter of Application. Please briefly address all qualifications related to research, teaching, and service for the position as well as your previous and potential contributions to enhance a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in these areas.
2. One-page Research Statement, one-page Teaching Philosophy
3. Curriculum Vitae
4. College Transcripts
5. List of three references with contact information
6. Other Documents: Portfolio of creative/academic/professional work (a single PDF file with 20 images and/or video links.)
7. Portfolio of representative student work (a single PDF file with 20 images and/or video links.) Sample syllabi if available
Complete job description: http://www.art.ttu.edu
Contact: Associate Professor Jiawei Gong, Chair of the Transmedia VAP search committee for more information.