Tenure-Track Assistant Professor: Immersive Communication (AR/VR/XR)Campus:
College of Information and CommunicationsDepartment:
CIC Sch of Journ and Mass CommAdvertised Salary Range:
Commensurate with experiencePart/Full Time:
Full TimeHours per Week:
Full-time Equivalent (FTE)Basis :
9 monthsWork County:
Tenure-Track/TenuredJob Search Category:
FacultyAbout University of South Carolina:
From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.Diversity Statement:
At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.Advertised Job Summary:
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the Visual Communications sequence with a specialization in Immersive Communication to begin by January 1, 2024 or August 16, 2024.
The candidate will have expertise in immersive visualization and communication, and a promising research or creative agenda constructing immersive environments with user-experience and user-interface design strategy. This includes the ability to merge communication and design practices within interactive and immersive fields, such as virtual reality, mixed reality experiences, location based augmented reality, autonomous or networked virtual environments, digital puppetry, motion capture and photogrammetry.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications
- Develop and teach relevant courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including the ability to teach courses such as Introduction to Visual Communications, Design of Online Content and Senior Portfolio.
- Conduct either scholarly or creative work.
- Provide service.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications currently enrolls approximately 1,700 undergraduates and 100 graduate students in journalism, advertising, public relations, visual communications and mass communications. The SJMC offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and mass communication and a Ph.D. in mass communication. The faculty consists of a collegial group of researchers and educators with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. The school houses two professional video studios, a photography studio, and five Mac labs. We extensively use Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop in our classes. As part of our program, every student has a subscription to Adobe Creative Suite.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is committed to the mission of the College of Information and Communications and the University of South Carolina to foster a diverse and vibrant academic environment, embrace diversity in its various forms and create a welcoming environment that encourages all to excel.College of Information and Communications
The College of Information and Communications is home to two nationally recognized schools, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Information Science. The college provides outstanding teaching, research and community outreach. As such, it is one of only a few universities to combine its communications and information science programs, two rapidly evolving — and converging — fields united by a shared belief that information accessibility is the cornerstone of self-governance. The College has approximately 1,800 undergraduates, 500 graduate students, and more than 100 faculty and staff members. New assets available to faculty and students in both schools include the Social Media Insights Lab and the Biometrics and User Experience Lab. Both are designed to facilitate the study of issues related to data, media and their impact on society.The University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina in Columbia is the major research institution of the University of South Carolina system and its largest campus, enrolling approximately 35,000 students. The university offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional program levels. Founded in 1801, it is among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities and is one of only 32 public universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s top-tier designations in both research activity and community engagement. South Carolina’s capital city is currently undergoing several urban revitalization projects and offers residents a growing range of artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities.Required Education and Experience:
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s has both research and creative paths within the tenure-track. Faculty applicants on the creative path must hold at least a master’s degree in mass communications by the start date of employment plus 3 years of relevant work experience. Faculty applicants on the research track must have a terminal degree (ABDs considered) by start date of employment and evidence of scholarly promise.Preferred Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with the ability to utilize user-experience and user-interface (UX/UI) design strategies, and data analysis and visualization. We also welcome applicants who have promise of securing external funding, and interest in working in the college’s Biometric and UX Lab.Desired Start Date:
01/01/2024Job Open Date:
06/30/2023Open Until Filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicant:
Application review begins September 15, 2023. This position is open until filled. For further information about this position, please contact Visual Communications Search Committee Chair, Linwan Wu (LINWANWU@mailbox.sc.edu).
Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This position is open until filled. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.
- Cover Letter
- Current Vitae or Resume.
- List of three references (including name, phone number, and email).
- Link to a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency in immersive design or development, app or web design.
- Three letters of recommendation (solicited prior to start date) – listed as optional documents, while the three letters are required prior to start date, letter may be uploaded with application, but it is not required.
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