Assistant Professor of Practice in Immersive Media

University of Texas at Austin

The Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies (AET) in the School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT) at The University of Texas at Austin seeks a faculty colleague with a focus in Immersive Media. This is a non-tenure track position at rank of Assistant Professor of Practice. Salary commensurate with experience. Position requires relocation to Austin, TX.

We are cultivating a team of future-focused collaborators committed to transforming education for a diverse community of creators. AET has become the largest undergraduate program in the College of Fine Arts, with student interest increasing year over year. Young and vibrant, AET is home to 400 energetic students who embody a diversity of interests, backgrounds, and lived experiences.

We’re making great strides – graduating successful students who’ve been hired at top-shelf companies, establishing partnerships with big industry names, and sustaining high-impact university collaborations. Our curriculum is well positioned to partner with industries defining the future of creative technologies.

Responsibilities

Faculty responsibilities include:

  • Developing and teaching both solo and interdisciplinary team-taught undergraduate courses at introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels.
  • Overseeing and coordinating courses and curricula that prepare students for careers and integrate with the various disciplines practiced in AET and SDCT; cultivate clear student outcomes and promote an inclusive student experience. Collaborating within the college/university for interdisciplinary goals.
  • Collaborating with the community/industry for student career opportunities.
  • Service activities such as department, college, and university committees.
  • Supporting and advising students on senior projects, independent studies, honors coursework, student showcase, and other culminating activities.
  • Teaching interdisciplinary team-taught courses which enroll students from multiple specializations and/or university departments.
  • Teaching courses in various formats, including face-to-face, hybrid, or online, with small and large enrollment.
  • Teaching accessible, inclusive, and diversity-aware content in courses.

Qualifications

To be considered for this position, candidates must hold a terminal degree in your field by date of hire, OR possess a record of equivalent professional experience or creative achievement.

Demonstrate expertise in:

  • Working with students or communities underrepresented in video games, user interface design, or related professional fields.
  • Development and execution of public events that integrate visualization, virtual and augmented reality, experience design, storytelling, physical computing, audio, video, lighting, interactivity, and other forms of immersive media for entertainment or commercial purposes.
  • Integrating creative coding and sensor/sensing technologies such as motion capture, live data, digital/physical space, and live human performance.
  • Developing and building custom electronics and physical fabrication for live/interactive experiences.
  • Industry standard processes and collaborations with practitioners from disciplines such as Digital Experience Design, Immersive Media, Themed Entertainment, and Immersive Art.
  • Developing coursework and/or teaching materials for beginning through advanced college-age learners.

Application Instructions

To apply for the position, please submit the following to Interfolio by clicking the “Apply Now” button:

  • A letter of interest describing your qualifications and most significant professional/creative work and accomplishments as an instructor. Include information about your experience and skills related to positively supporting a diverse community of colleagues and students.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or professional résumé.
  • A link to or pdf of a portfolio of recent creative coding or relevant professional work.
  • Contact information for three references (letters will be requested only for finalists).

Applications received by December 31, 2022 will be assured a full review. Applications received after that date will be reviewed as needed until the position is filled. Due to current travel restrictions, we expect to conduct all interviews remotely.

Questions about the application process and Interfolio may be directed to SDCT Executive Assistant Mr. Cameron Weed at cweed@austin.utexas.edu; questions about the positions themselves may be directed to search committee chair Prof. David Cohen at ds.cohen@austin.utexas.edu.

If you are excited about the possibilities of working in the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies, but don’t fit this particular job description, please see our open call for faculty at https://apply.interfolio.com/114390.

About The University of Texas at Austin (UT)

The University of Texas at Austin is a flagship, comprehensive research university of over 50,000 students that is routinely ranked in the top 50 universities globally by U.S. News and World Report, Times Higher Education, and the Center for World University Rankings. UT is located in Austin, the capital of Texas, a city justly renowned for its vibrant cultural life and its thriving creative and tech industries. Austin is routinely included in top-ten lists of best US cities for new college grads, for young professionals, for future job growth, and for outdoor activities, urban forests, and family friendliness.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

To apply for this job, visit this link:
https://faculty.utexas.edu/career/106730

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