Assistant Professor of Emerging Media

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Boston, MA

The Department of Visual and Media Arts invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Emerging Media with an appointment in the Department of Visual and Media Arts. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through teaching, other forms of engagement with students outside of the classroom, creative work and service activities. The appointment begins September 1, 2019 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 22 & 23, 2019.

Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity-in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

The Department of Visual and Media Arts is a vibrant and engaged community of artists, scholars and professionals, with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members and 1700 majors. The department offers general education courses in art history, a BA degree that includes media studies and media production tracks, a BFA in media production, a bi-coastal low-residency MFA in writing for film and television, and an MFA in film and media art.

Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to cultural resources, arts institutions, and research centers. Emerson College enrolls over 4,446 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 52 countries and all 50 states.

Qualifications:
Candidates should have an MFA in art or media, a terminal degree in a related field, or significant professional experience comparable to a terminal degree.

We welcome applications from candidates engaged in an active, high-impact creative practice focused on emerging media, such as virtual/augmented reality or 360 filmmaking. We are particularly interested in someone with a deep understanding of current and potential uses of AR/VR technology and immersive storytelling in multiple settings–art, advocacy, addressing social issues, understanding consumer behavior, education, and play. College or university teaching experience, specifically production courses in AR/VR or 3D modeling, is strongly preferred. Experience with coding languages and middleware relevant to immersive and interactive applications is also preferred. Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Experience creating work relevant to underrepresented communities is desirable.

Responsibilities will include developing and teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in AR/VR, immersive cinema, and coding for media projects. Some courses will serve students from across the college in addition to VMA. The successful candidate will work in the School of the Arts newly constructed Emerging Media Lab and Studio and help curate the space’s use. They will also be encouraged to form collaborations across campus and throughout the community. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, support for admissions, and serving on department and college committees.

How to apply

Applicants should submit should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and contact information for three references (not to be contacted without applicant’s written approval). Creative work samples (a list of links on a pdf) in order of preference are also required. Examples of teaching evaluations are highly recommended. Please submit through the applicant portal @ https://emerson.peopleadmin.com/postings/18317.

The position will remain open until filled.

Established in 1880, Emerson College is named for its founding president, Charles Wesley Emerson, an orator, preacher, and teacher. Over the years, the institution has evolved from a small New England school of oratory to a multifaceted college with an international reputation.