Assistant Professor, Digital Media (Web)

University of Central Florida in Florida

Deadline April 17, 2014
Date Posted February 14, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

This is a repost position. Previous applicants are still being considered and do not need to reapply.

The School of Visual Arts and Design, College of Arts and Humanities, University of Central Florida seeks an assistant professor for teaching and research in digital media. This is a nine-month, tenure-earning position the duties of which include teaching three courses per semester, research, and service. Teaching responsibilities include contributing to the curriculum and coverage of the web design and development specialization within the school.

Digital media faculty actively collaborate with UCFs Institute for Simulation and Training. In addition, school faculty have an active role in UCFs Center for Emerging Media located in downtown Orlando.

Digital media faculty conduct creative research in areas related to interactive entertainment and learning (e.g., online; computer, mobile, and console-based computer games; virtual worlds; military simulation) and develop new techniques, content and applications in support of the arts and cultural heritage preservation.

UCF offers undergraduate B.F.A. and B.A. degrees as well as M.F.A and M.A. degrees. The School of Visual Arts & Design has approximately 2,700 majors across four areas that include architecture, digital media, film, and studio arts. The school encourages multidisciplinary collaborations that explore new combinations of story, imagery, sound, and interaction as well as technical development and critique. Faculty members are expected to actively pursue and obtain external funding and to develop projects that achieve peer reviewed recognition for innovation and excellence.

The position has an anticipated start date of August 2014, pending the availability of funding.

Minimum: At the time of appointment, the applicant must hold a terminal degree in an appropriate discipline such as digital media, computer science, engineering, digital art, or a media-related discipline from an accredited institution. The applicant must possess strong written communication skills. The applicant must also have developed a project with at least one web-based scripting or programming language (e.g., JavaScript, PHP, or Ruby). The candidate must also have experience working with HTML and CSS. For this position, knowledge in one or more web technologies such as HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript is important.

Preferred: Candidates with teaching experience at an accredited institution of higher education. They will provide evidence of successful work completed in software development (programming) for the web using a scripting or programming language within the last three years. A minimum of three years of experience working with HTML/CSS. They will also aspire to a research agenda focused on an appropriate area for the school such as interactive media development, game design, mobile development and publishing, 3-D modeling and animation, simulation, or virtual and augmented reality. Potential to secure external research funding is strongly desirable. Knowledge of XML, JSON, MySQL, Ruby, Python, and/or mobile app programming and development is additionally useful. The ideal candidate is both a theorist and practitioner who combines technical expertise with a strong grounding in the visual arts and the humanities.

The university requires that all candidates apply online. To apply for position number 37096 go to https://www.jobswithucf.com/ and upload the following individual PDF documents: 1) letter of application, 2) CV, 3) teaching philosophy, 4) statement about scholarly or creative projects, and 5) contact information for three references. In addition, applicants must also submit a single multi-page PDF that includes examples of personal work and examples of student work (if available) with descriptions for each project (i.e., personal contributions, title, date, media, and relevance to criteria outlined in the position description).

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be uploaded at that time. The site will not accept more than 10MB total per applicant. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit documents at a later date. Complete applications must be received by April 17, 2014. Finalists will be asked to provide official transcripts. Direct search related inquiries to: Dmwp37096@ucf.edu.

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. As an agency of the state of Florida, UCF makes all application materials, including transcripts used in final screening, available to the public upon request.

The School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) http://svad.cah.ucf.edu/ is housed in the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) at the University of Central Florida. UCF is one of the most dynamic universities in the country. Offering 212 degree programs, it has become an academic and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, science, hospitality management and digital media. UCF and its 12 colleges provide opportunities to 60,000 students from all 50 states and 140 countries. Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF is the nations second-largest university. UCF is called a Top Up-and-Coming national university by U.S. News & World Report, a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplingers, and one of the nations most affordable colleges by Forbes.

How To Apply

You can apply for this position online at http://www.jobswithucf.com:80/postings/37548