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Assistant Professor of New Media

  • Deadline:
    March 17, 2014, 10:20 a.m.
  • Location:
    University of Maine, 426 Chadbourne Hall, Orono, Maine, 04469, US

Assistant Professor of New Media

The University of Maine seeks a tenure-track, academic-year Assistant Professor for the New Media Department and Intermedia Program, effective August 2014. We seek a candidate with an established career in one or more areas related to installation, interactive or participatory media, interactive technologies, or digital design and prototyping as well as work in, or knowledge of, Intermedia. The responsibilities of the position will be to teach between the New Media undergraduate program and the Intermedia MFA program, serve on or chair graduate MFA thesis committees and oversee undergraduate research projects, conduct an active and ongoing program of research and creative work, serve on program committees for both units and actively provide service to the New Media department. We are a faculty that supports work-life balance.

Candidates are expected to have a track record as change agents, the ability to inspire students in their creative endeavors, a strong record of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level, and the flexibility to adapt to changing times and an evolving curriculum emphasizing creativity, critical thinking and applied innovative practices. The position involves a willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues in multiple departments and engage in research and teaching that crosses specializations/disciplines, creating new hybrid practices. The candidate’s background will prepare her or him for taking advantage of the audiovisual and fabrication facilities in the University of Maine’s new Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center (http://IMRCcenter.com), with emphasis on real world engagement and contributions to the local economy.

While technical and design fluency in one or more areas central to digital culture, including software development is needed, candidates should also understand the aesthetic, economic, political, and ethical implications of maker culture. A Ph.D. or MFA in a creative field is required, with the exception of candidates with extraordinary, internationally recognized experience in a creative capacity.

To apply, applicants will email to application@umit.maine.edu a single PDF attachment consisting of:

• Letter of application.
• CV including a URL to a personal portfolio or Web site.
• Statement of teaching philosophy.
• Up to 3 sample syllabi.
• Names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of 3 references.

Written references should be provided upon request of the search committee. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Appropriate background checks are required. Applicants who advance beyond the initial stage of the search may submit large files on a USB drive, but for the initial review the portfolio and related materials must be viewable online. Please direct questions to application@umit.maine.edu or mscott@umit.maine.edu

About the Department

Founded in 1993, UMaine’s New Media program serves over 150 undergraduate majors and offers a related Intermedia MFA. Its faculty hail from art, engineering, journalism, and literature, and accordingly the department highly values interdisciplinary scholarship and engagement. More information at http://newmedia.umaine.edu/.

As an NSF ADVANCE institution, UMaine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples. It is our intention to create an environment that is inclusive of individuals who are diverse in ability/disability, age, economic status, ethnicity, gender, language, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Therefore, UMaine aspires to become a more diverse community in order to extend its enriching benefits to all participants. An essential feature of our community is an environment that supports exploration, learning, and work free from bias and harassment, thereby improving the growth and development of each member of the community.

UMaine is a tobacco-free campus. Information regarding UMaine’s tobacco-free policy is online at http://umaine.edu/tobaccofree/.

The University of Maine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to diversity and inclusiveness among its employees and in its programs.