Assistant Professor, Digital Media Design

Florida Gulf Coast University
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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Summary

The Digital Media Design (B.A.) curriculum at FGCU focuses on the intersection of design and innovation. Accordingly, starting Fall 2022, the DMD program will be housed within the Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship (ranked #22 nationally by the Princeton Review). This exciting transition will bring together faculty and students from both disciplines. The curriculum will further strengthen its emphasis on technology, design thinking, and emerging disciplines such as social media, UX/UI, AR/VR, Mixed or Extended Reality and video game design. Students of the DMD program are well prepared to begin careers in the design field or pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a strength in teaching design courses in the DMD department as well as design-centric entrepreneurship courses. The ideal candidate is expected to continue to develop their professional practice as a designer with research, exhibitions and/or client-based creative work. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be able to contribute to the diversity and development of the program by offering different perspectives and unique approaches to their practice and teaching methodologies. The candidate must be prepared to teach and mentor students from diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.

At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.

Job Description


The candidate should be able to teach across a variety of design disciplines, media platforms and entrepreneurial subject matters such as:

  • 3D Animation
  • Interactive Design
  • Web design
  • UI/UX design
  • Video game design
  • Physical Computing
  • App design
  • Motion Graphics
  • VR/AR/MR applications
  • Design Thinking
  • Video production and/or VFX
  • Design theory and/or design history
  • Visual Communications/Graphic Design

Typical duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Teaches 9 credit hours per semester of undergraduate courses in Digital Media Design.
  • Engages in research and publication in discipline.
  • Prepares syllabi, instruction materials, coordinates lectures, tests, and evaluates students and maintains the highest possible standard of instruction.
  • Engages in reflective self-assessment of teaching styles and methods to ensure consistently effective instructional performance.
  • Actively serves on university committees.
  • Actively participates in institutional meetings.
  • Assists with the development of curriculum.
  • Continued professional development activity is expected at a level commensurate with the mission of the University. Community, institutional and professional service in furtherance of FGCU’s mission is expected of all faculty.
  • Other duties may be assigned by the Director/Chair.

Additional Job Description

Minimum Qualifications

  • MFA/Ph.D. or equivalent from a regionally accredited university.
  • Evidence of ability to work with professional design studios or non-profit organizations and build relationships for internships, funding and student careers.
  • Must meet the University criteria for the appointment to the level of Assistant Professor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three years of years teaching experience at BA, BFA or MFA level.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Experience or commitment to the use of technology & university teaching. Interest in collaborating both within and outside the University in the development and delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning. Must value continued scholarship and service to the school and university.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2022.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

Documents Needed to Apply

  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Research Statement of experience with students in research or scholarship as it fits discipline.
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Five (5) Professional References

Salary commensurate with education and experience

The position is listed as “open until filled”, however applications received by March 11, 2022 will receive priority consideration.

For more information on Florida Gulf Coast University, the FGCU Digital Media Design Program, and the Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship, please visit:

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