The Department of Film & Media Arts seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor in the research area of media arts production. The successful candidate will have experience working with a range of contemporary digital storytelling tools and methodologies, including immersive and interactive media and other emerging media formats; a record of ongoing creative work in media arts; and a record of teaching media arts production at the postsecondary level. Candidates will be expected to teach our introductory media arts production course, and to develop and teach intermediary and advanced undergraduate courses in immersive mediamaking (using mixed, augmented, and virtual reality technologies), as well as in additional subjects that could include 360° photographic techniques, ambisonic audio design, interactive installations, user interface and experience design, transmedia storytelling, and video art. The successful candidate will also take a leading role in the oversight and continued growth of our Media Arts Lab. We enthusiastically welcome applications from talented individuals from diverse creative backgrounds. The Department of Film & Media Arts values diversity of both artistic practices and perspectives, including those held by people from different ethnic, religious, ideological, and geographic backgrounds.
The successful candidate will join a growing and dynamic faculty that includes award-winning filmmakers, animators, media artists, and scholars. The Department of Film & Media Arts is the largest unit the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts, with over 700 undergraduate and graduate majors studying all aspects of film, animation, and media arts production. The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation, and is one of 65 members of the prestigious American Association of Universities. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. Routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S., Salt Lake City is the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately one million residents, extensive arts and cultural activities, unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, and a major international airport.
· M.F.A. or other terminal degree in media arts, digital media, film, or a related field.
· Evidence of successful college-level teaching.
· Ability to teach introductory media arts production, and to develop and teach intermediate and advanced undergraduate courses in immersive and interactive media and other emerging media formats.
· An active record of creative work, evidence of which may include professional credits and festival or gallery exhibitions.
· Interest in and evidence of potential for securing external grants and funding.
To apply, please submit the following:
· An application letter, not to exceed two pages, addressing the position’s required qualifications and the candidate’s approach to teaching.
· A current CV including names and contact information for three references.
· Portfolio of creative work.