Assistant Professor: Interactive Media Design

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Assistant Professor: Interactive Media Design
Art and Design/Journalism and Media Studies

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Oct 20, 2022

The San Diego State University School of Art and Design and School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) invite highly qualified candidates to apply for a tenure-track appointment in the area of interactive media design at the Assistant Professor level, to commence in Fall 2023. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities: We seek a candidate who will engage in collaborative relationships with both faculty and students to advance curricular offerings in interactive media design and emerging media. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research and/or teaching that engages with the interconnected fields of motion graphics, media arts, user experience design (UX), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), and/or Virtual Reality (VR) across the Schools of Art and Design and Journalism & Media Studies.

The position includes teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses centered on design and technological expertise, emerging media, creativity, innovation, and cross-disciplinary investigation. The candidate will also have the opportunity to create and teach classes aligned with their particular research interests, including upper division/graduate level classes. The candidate will work collaboratively with faculty in each school to develop and deliver curriculum, and to implement assessment of degree programs related to interactive media design and/or media arts. Faculty will share administrative responsibilities in the School of Art and Design and the School of Journalism and Media.

Both Schools are committed to increasing diversity within its curriculum, support programs, as well as in its faculty, staff, and student populations. As we aim to promote an inclusive and supportive environment, we encourage applicants to apply and to identify their strengths in this area. Successful candidates must have the clear potential or demonstrated ability and/or related research to work effectively with and benefit underrepresented populations.

Required Qualifications: A terminal degree in art, media studies, communication, learning design & technology, or related discipline in hand by the beginning of the Academic Year 2023-2024, is required. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both teaching and research, in line with SDSU’s teacher-scholar model. Candidates should possess comprehensive and current knowledge in the fields of interactive media design, as well as creative activities and research abilities related broadly to the fields of emerging media technologies and/or interactive media design . Ability to teach courses on interactive media design, UX/UI, Augmented Reality and/or Virtual Reality at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the content area and/or evidence of professional experience is required.

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a track record of teaching courses at the graduate level. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise and/or experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative research.

The ideal candidate should have experience coordinating courses with part-time faculty and/or graduate teaching associates; working with staff and student assistants; supervising campus technology labs.

The candidate must be able to deliver a curriculum that addresses the related curricular needs of the two schools. Evidence of commitment to teaching, mentoring, and service to underrepresented populations is desirable as evidenced by the candidate’s research/creative agenda, mentorship of underrepresented students, and/or engagement with underrepresented communities.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity, inclusiveness, and excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates with demonstrated experience working with, teaching or mentoring students from under-represented communities.

Candidates should address how they meet two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in your cover letter and diversity statement how you meet at least two or more of these criteria

Rank and Salary: This is a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. Appointment to the position requires that the candidate’s terminal degree be earned by the appointment start date in August 2023. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions
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Applications: Review of application materials will begin November 21, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio: Candidates should submit:
  1. Candidate statement / cover letter – summarizes their qualifications in teaching, research and service
  2. CV
  3. Teaching Philosophy (1-2 pages)
  4. Diversity Statement – response to Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria as listed in the job description
  5. Reference list of three individuals familiar with the candidate’s professional experience (please include current contact information for each).
  6. Three to five projects demonstrating candidate’s skills for interactive media design with strong emphasis in AR, VR as used in video games, animation, web design, art and/or design installations.
  7. Three to five examples of student work from courses recently taught demonstrating interactive media projects.
  8. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (can include sample syllabus, teaching evaluations, etc.)

All additional inquiries should be addressed to: Arzu Ozkal, Interactive Media Design Search Committee Chair, Associate Professor, School of Art and Design San Diego State University, [email protected]

About the School of Art and Design: The School of Art and Design is a creative learning community of 15 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, more than 50 lecturers, and graduate teaching associates who serve approximately 900 majors and 19 graduate students. The School encourages all students to develop their practice as artists, designers, and art historians who work in and across media while enhancing their visual, material, and conceptual thinking. Located on the Pacific Rim and at the border with Mexico, the School is dedicated to the integration of art, design, and community building in alignment with the School’s commitments to social and environmental justice and innovative entrepreneurship. Through both discipline-specific and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning, we support students to innovate solutions, express ideas, imagine possibilities, and interpret the world through historical, cultural, and global contexts. The School of Art and Design believes representation matters. Through our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program, led by a collaborative team of students, faculty, and staff, we endeavor to create a safe, inclusive, and diverse academic and creative environment where students of all cultures, races, genders, religions, and sexual orientations can learn and create. We work to promote diverse communities and new cultural experiences that inspire students to break down barriers and transform lives, and with our guidance and support, help them navigate academic, personal, and professional success to emerge as dynamic artists and designers of tomorrow.

About the School of Journalism and Media Studies: The successful candidate will become part of a school with 18 tenured and tenure-track faculty, about two dozen non-tenure-line lecturers, and more than 600 majors, pre-majors, and graduate students. Marquee programs in the School include bilingual media writing, digital/social media research and curricular initiatives, media entrepreneurship, and the Center for Science and Media. Undergraduate program areas include advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations. The School offers a master’s degree program in mass communication and media studies, as well as a Master’s degree program in Learning Design and Technology (LDT). The School is also part of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, one of seven colleges that serve a university community of 35,000 students in a fast-growing, culturally rich, metropolitan area with a loyal regional base and strong national and international relationships. For more information, visit:

About the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA)

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership, and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU’s and PSFA’s strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity. PSFA website:

About San Diego State University:

San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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