Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts (Virtual Production)

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Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts (Virtual Production)


Johnny Carson School-Theatre & Film-1033

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Description of Work:

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Emerging Media Arts that has experience in one or more areas, including but not limited to: 3D rigging and animation, motion capture, game design/development, or other area of virtual production. The candidate must have a professional industry experience in film, television, games or associated industries. We are looking for outstanding and potentially unconventional candidates.

We invite applications from candidates with diverse research and teaching perspectives based on non-traditional educational backgrounds or from their personal experiences as members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts opened its doors in the Fall of 2019. We seek to be a pre-eminent interdisciplinary program in the emerging media arts, to attract and support visionary creative leaders, and to transform our world through technology and powerful storytelling in order to ensure a brighter and sustainable future for civilization. We have world-class international industry connections. We inspire people to dream bigger.

The ideal candidate will:
•Create courses and teach in the Carson Center’s undergraduate and, eventually, graduate programs
•Mentor undergraduate students
•Have experience in multi-disciplinary collaborations
•Commit to contributing to and promoting a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging including in teaching, research, creative practice, and service

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts believes that diversity is important. We envision a faculty that will serve an increasingly diverse student body. To that end, we seek a diverse pool of candidates.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

•MFA or other terminal degree in film, animation, games, computer science, digital arts, or related field; or equivalent industry experience (a minimum of 5 years professional experience).
•A record and portfolio of professional experience in one or more of the following fields: 3D rigging and animation, game design/development, motion capture, or other area of virtual production.
•Demonstrated expertise with multiple tools for authoring media in virtual environments, potentially including but not limited to: Unity, Unreal, Adobe, 3D modeling/animation applications, rigging, motion capture, coding/scripting languages.
•Demonstrated potential to achieve national or international recognition in creative research.

Preferred Qualifications:

• An approach to virtual creation through modes of interactive narrative, storytelling, worldbuilding, critical gaming or design research processes.
•Experience in simulation, AI, or procedural animation using C#, Python, or other scripts in concert with visual, 3D, or interactive platforms.
•Clear and demonstrable awareness of and connections to the entertainment, technology, design and/or the arts industries.
•Experience in teaching, even if not in the formal setting of higher education.
•Ability to learn and teach new software, course content, and professional practices.
•Strong interest in working collaboratively across disciplines.
•Strong commitment to a progressive emerging media arts education and active engagement with the latest industry developments.
•Demonstrated commitment to contributing to and promoting a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging including in teaching, research, creative practice, and service.

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How to Apply:

Click on “Apply for this job,” complete the information form, and attach the following:
• Cover Letter – include description of Research, Training and Teaching experience.
• Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
• Names and contact information of three references.
• Artist Statement and Portfolio – Upload a PDF document that includes a list of links OR one link to your online portfolio specifically curated for the search committee, prioritized with your most accomplished work with any writings/statements or notable reviews about your work (Upload as “Online Portfolio”).
• Philosophy of Teaching Statement (Optional – upload as “Other Document”).

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Megan McMasters
[email protected]

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Posted: 4/14/2021
Application Due: 7/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time