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Assistant Professor

Employer
Washington State University
Location
Pullman, WA

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-10-01
Req: R-2818

Title:

270-NN - Assistant Professor

Business Title:

Assistant Professor

Additional Titles:

Location:

Employee Type:

Faculty

Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, as a condition of employment, all WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation no later than October 18, 2021. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified no later than October 18, 2021. If the effective date of appointment is October 18, 2021 or later vaccine or approved accommodation status will be verified prior to first day of employment. Please reach out to Human Resource Services (HRS) at hrs@wsu.edu or 509-335-4521 if you have questions regarding this.

Summary of Duties:

The Digital Technology and Culture (DTC) program at Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for a permanent, full-time, nine-month, tenure track faculty position with a focus on Game Design and Development at the Assistant Professor rank. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin the appointment on August 16, 2022. This position is located on the Pullman, WA campus.

The Digital Technology and Culture program is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Arts and Sciences emphasizing humanistic understandings of technology, publicly engaged research, and creative production emphasizing social justice, anti-racist pedagogies, and decolonial methodologies. DTC faculty combine creative production and critical inquiry with an emphasis on community engagement in various formats. The DTC program is a growing unit with several undergraduate tracks and a graduate certificate. Students in any track in the program receive instruction on engaged practice and critical approaches to a wide breath of theory, technology, and media.

We are especially interested in candidates using digital technologies, computational methods and creative practices that cross disciplines and that explicitly examine issues related to systemic racism and structural inequities in many forms and modalities including critical play. The program values creative, collaborative, and publicly engaged scholarship that places an emphasis on explicitly anti-racist pedagogies, practices, and production in teaching, research, service, and scholarship that work to advance racial justice, reconciliation, and repair. The faculty member in this position will also be expected to assist in the refinement and expansion of the DTC program.

The successful applicant will teach undergraduate courses within their area of expertise, courses in the Game Studies track for DTC majors and students from across campus in the undergraduate Game Studies and Design certificate. They will also teach within the introductory core undergraduate course curriculum (DTC 101: Introduction to Digital Technology and Culture, DTC 201: Methods for Digital Technology, and DTC 206: Digital Inclusion); teach within the graduate certificate in the unit; aid in the management and development of collaborative practices, spaces, and projects that engage the university and other publics; be an active part of the DTC faculty; engage in creative production and research in their areas of expertise; and support current and emerging research, teaching, and creative activities in digital research on campus, to external communities, and within the region. The DTC program is committed to the retention of new faculty and as such the successful candidate will be provided with a faculty mentoring committee within the College of Arts and Sciences and have access to university programs such as the External Mentor Program (https://advance.wsu.edu/externalmentors/).


Required Qualifications:

1. MFA, MDe, MAD, MGraph, or Ph.D. in Game Studies, Integrative Technologies, Information Design, Digital Media, Media Arts, Interactive Media, Data Visualization, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Digital Humanities, or related area by time of appointment;

2. Successful classroom and/or individual instruction, mentorship or internship leadership;

3. Willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds;

4. Emergent and productive research program or creative production appropriate to the position.

5. Emergent secondary area of specialization complimentary to the unit including, but not limited to, graphic design, visual communication and literacy, user experience/user interface design web design and development, and/or audio production.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Professional experience in game design and development, interactive media, immersive technologies, VR/AR/XR, or related technology industries;

2. Experience working in a studio, lab or collaborative production spaces, on collaborative projects, and/or within collaborative programs;

3. Commitment to retention of underrepresented students and student-success initiatives;

4. Experience with, or willingness to, teach online.

Additional Information:

Area/College:

College of Arts and Sciences

Department Name:

Digital Technology and Culture Program

City, State, Zip:

Pullman, WA 99164

Department Link:

https://dtc.wsu.edu/

Monthly Salary:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

FTE:

100%

Tenure Track: Yes

Permanent/Temporary:

Permanent

Screening Begin Date:

Review of applications will begin November 26, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Direct inquiries via email to Alana Willett, DTC Administrative Assistant: alana.grimaldo@wsu.edu

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Application Instructions:

Ensure that all the required and preferred qualifications that apply are addressed in your application submissions.

Required Documents:

1. A cover letter explaining your interest in the position;

2. Research statement addressing your creative production or research areas and work to date, collaborative experience, and links to relevant portfolios or projects;

3. Teaching statement (2 pages max) addressing your experience, philosophy, and pedagogical approaches;

4. A statement (2 pages max) addressing your competency engaging with diversity, equity, and anti-racist approaches to research and creative production;

5. Curriculum Vitae; and

6. Names and contact information of three (3) professional references able to provide a letter addressing qualifications relative to this position. References will not be contacted without first informing the candidate.

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

9 Month - Summer

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

Organization

Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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