Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts

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Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts


Carson Ctr for Emerging Media Arts-9626

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The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts in moving image or cinema production.

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, a newly established $57M interdisciplinary center, research facility, and academic degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is re-envisioning the university for the 21st century and how students co-create and learn. Current areas of research interests within the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts include cinematic arts, virtual production + real-time filmmaking; motion capture; interactive + immersive storytelling; experience and speculative design; VR, AR, + XR; games, play + performance; embodied cognition; machine learning + blockchain technologies; sonic arts; IOT; physical computing; and entrepreneurship.

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts values diversity and believes it is critical to our success. To that end, we welcome the unique contributions that every candidate can bring to every interaction. The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts is the premiere destination for a faculty and student body seeking a fresh social vision that values inclusivity and diversity, plays to the innermost recesses of our imaginations, solves human-scale problems, and tells breathtaking stories that stimulate, provoke, and inspire. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the founding team and to set the culture and vision of the Carson Center.

DutiesDuties include teaching a variety of courses at an undergraduate, and eventually, graduate, level. As a tenure-track professor you will continue your outstanding creative work, furtherdevelop your research area, help us develop new curriculum, advise, and mentor students, and participate in university service and outreach. As part of our community, you will contribute to and promote a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. At Nebraska, every person and every interaction matters.

Tenure-TrackThis position will have an apportionment of 50% teaching, 40% research and creative activity, and 10% service.

We are looking for people who use their own research and creative work to inform and revise the curriculum. Our model for teaching and learning relies on collaboration to cultivate an environment in which exploration, analysis, risk, and failure can freely occur. Classes are hands-on, promote active learning, and encourage discussion of concept, content, technique, and impact. All faculty are expected to engage with students beyond the classroom through a culture of project assistance, advising, mentoring, and community.

This position includes a generous start-up package, a comprehensive benefits package, stipend to support research and creative activity, and competitive salary.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s city campus is situated in a dynamic downtown area that includes the state capitol and a growing tech industry as well as restaurants, coffee houses, movie theaters, clubs, bike trails, and urban residences. Lincoln has notably excellent public schools, a low cost of living, and has been nationally recognized for its high quality of life. It is a friendly, creative, intellectual, and vibrant community that loves the arts and is home to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Sheldon Museum of Art, and the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, an art house cinema that is part of the College, as well as numerous alternative spaces and venues for visual art and music. More information about the city and the campus can be found at

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree in cinema or a related field, or an undergraduate degree combined with a minimum of 5 years professional experience.
  • A portfolio of professional creative work demonstrating achievement in moving image or cinema production, as well as expertise with industry-standard tools, techniques, methods, and processes.
  • Clear evidence of creative research, professional activity, and engagement with the latest industry developments.
  • Demonstrated potential to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff, from the full range of diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with multiple post-production and emerging media workflows.
  • Experience in working collaboratively across disciplines.
  • Clear and demonstrable connections to industry.
  • Experience teaching at the college level or equivalent experience in a non-traditional setting.
  • Ability to learn and teach new software, course content and professional practices.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this Job.” Complete the information form and attach the following required documents:

  1. Cover Letter – include a description of your Creative Work/Research, Training, and Teaching experience.
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  3. Names and contact information of three references.
  4. Portfolio – Provide a link to your online portfolio specifically curated for the search committee, prioritized with your most accomplished work, with any writings/statements or notable reviews about your work.
  5. Artist Statement.
  6. Diversity and Inclusion Statement.
  7. Philosophy of Teaching Statement (Optional).
Statements (items 5, 6, and 7) will need to be combined into a single document and attached as “Other Document.”

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Megan McMasters
[email protected]

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Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

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Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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