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Assistant Professor of New Media (Creative Digital Fabrication)

Employer
University of North Carolina at Asheville
Location
Asheville, NC

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Professional Fields, Communication & Journalism
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Posting Number:

F0138

Department:

Assistant Professor of New Media (Creative Digital Fabrication)

Rank:

Assistant Professor

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Position Summary:

The Department of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville, the UNC system’s designated public liberal arts institution, seeks qualified applicants with expertise in New Media (Creative Digital Fabrication) for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position that will begin in the Fall semester of 2022. The person selected for this position must have a terminal degree in New Media or related discipline prior to July 1, 2022, and will be expected to teach 12 contact hours per semester (three classes); establish their scholarly activities involving undergraduates; and engage in service to the institution, the community, and the profession. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and experience at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate for this position will be able to teach creative digital fabrication (3D printing); foundational courses in New Media, including digital design principles as well as introduction to motion media (traditional, stop motion, and computer animation) to New Media majors and non-majors; and also teach senior level studio classes. Experience in teaching motion capture and digital fabrication involving glass, ceramics, jewelry, and textiles would be a plus. The person selected for this position will also help manage the New Media Gallery space.

In addition to having a passion for undergraduate teaching, research, and mentorship, the UNC Asheville faculty is committed to teaching through an inter- and multi-disciplinary lens and providing a premier liberal arts education. Faculty members also teach across the University’s Liberal Arts Core (LAC) program – our required interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum – in courses that include, but are not limited to: introductory (first-year) colloquia; diversity intensive courses that satisfy the Scientific Perspectives, Social Science courses, and Arts and Ideas requirements; courses within the Humanities Program; and LAC Senior Capstone courses.

UNC Asheville has been a national leader in undergraduate research for over 30 years, and over 60% of our students graduate each year having been involved in this important learning experience. The University fully embraces the idea of mentored undergraduate research being one of the highest forms of teaching, and the institution values success in this facet of a faculty member’s work. Therefore, the successful candidate for this position must be able to articulate a clear vision for a sustainable, highly productive, and preferably externally funded scholarly practice which includes undergraduates. UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Faculty members across campus are encouraged to lead the institution’s efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion in the areas of pedagogy, programming, and service activity. Therefore, candidates interested and experienced in teaching new media to and developing outreach activity for diverse student populations are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu. Complete applications require a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy that includes interest in or potential for interdisciplinary teaching outside of the department; statement of planned scholarship and creative activities; statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; undergraduate and graduate transcripts. The diversity statement should describe: (a) the applicant’s experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship, and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and © the applicant’s understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university. Each applicant should also request three letters of reference to be sent separately which address the candidate’s written, verbal, and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop successful, externally funded scholarly activities. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquires may be directed to Christopher Oakley, [email protected], Chair and Associate Professor of New Media.

UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants, or employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, or ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.

Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in creative digital fabrication or digital art, including software expertise (Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk Maya, AutoCAD, Fusion 360).
  • Working knowledge of motion capture, Z-Brush, Omax, digital fabrication of diverse media. Glass, ceramics, jewelry, and/or textile experience is a plus.
  • The ability to teach the following content: digital design principles, digital fabrication, introduction to motion media, traditional and computer animation, and motion capture. Special consideration will be given to applicants that have the ability to incorporate diversity topics into their courses.


Months per Year:

9 months

Division:

Academic Affairs

Department:

New Media

Special Instructions Summary:

Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu. The applicant will enter information into the application system which will automatically request three letters of reference to be sent separately and confidentially that speaks to the candidate’s writing and interpersonal skills and ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students. Please, do not submit reference letters directly to the search chair.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

Inquiries only may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Christopher Oakley, [email protected] Please do not submit any materials to this email address. All application materials, including letters submitted separately by references or portfolio services, must be uploaded via the application portal.

Posting date:

03/18/2022

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Organization

The University of North Carolina Asheville offers a singular experience for original minds.

We’re the original and only liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. We break down conventions, overcome obstacles, expand horizons. We dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility. When the world looks down, we look up.

We’re a public resource that draws on a deep history to make a profound impact—on our students and on the world. We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our STEAM Studio helped to produce the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer majors and concentrations that re-tool the liberal arts and sciences for new challenges and new opportunities. We live in one of America’s great small cities, a mountain town with wit and grit, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

We are the originals. We’re rooted in the Land of the Sky, at the intersection of what’s known and what’s possible. This is an education that’s affordable, adaptive, and endlessly relevant. This is an experience where every path leads to a new vista, where there’s room for every voice, and where the future is a frontier—vast and bright and close enough to touch.

UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its unique student-centric public liberal arts and sciences mission. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,300 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. More than 65 percent of UNC Asheville students conduct applied research alongside faculty experts. UNC Asheville consistently ranks as a national top 10 Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University by U.S. News & World Report, and on its list of Most Innovative Schools. UNC Asheville regularly earns several national top 20 rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges,” including Best Quality of Life, Town-Gown Relations, and UNC Asheville has ranked in the top two nationally for the “Best Schools for Making an Impact,” in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges that Pay You Back.”

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