The College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland invites applications for the position of Associate Director of Digital Cultures and Creativity, a new living/learning program for first- and second-year undergraduate students.
Designed for the highly motivated 21st century student who was born into a world of windows and the web, Digital Cultures and Creativity (DCC) provides an innovative curriculum and a residential learning community that combines art, imagination, and global citizenship with new media and new technologies. Depending on individual interest, DCC students pursue activities as varied as digital music and video production, digital art, computer game design, creative electronic writing, virtual worlds, and developing online communities. DCC is housed within the Honors College and sponsored primarily by the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU), with co-sponsorship from the iSchool, the Department of Computer Science, and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).
The University of Maryland is a “Top 20” ranked major public research university, located in the Washington DC/ Baltimore metroplex, five miles from the District of Columbia, with its concentrated cultural, artistic, research, and public policy resources. As the flagship university, the University of Maryland’s academic programs are sought after as partners for a wide variety of initiatives with such cultural institutions as the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the galleries and theatres of the nation’s capital.
The position is initially for 3 years with possibility of renewal. Appointment is to the faculty rank of lecturer. Salary: $55,000 plus benefits. This is a 12-month appointment and some evening and weekend work will be expected on an as-needed basis. An appropriate terminal degree in hand is required. Academic work must include a significant focus on digital research, scholarship, and/or creative practice and further research activity and professional development are expected. Experience teaching and/or advising at the college-level required. Must have extensive knowledge and use of digital technologies in the classroom. Excellent organization and communication skills required.
Position Description and Duties:
Teaching and Advising
The Associate Director will staff one course per semester in the program, such as Introduction to Digital Cultures and Creativity, History of Machine-Encoded Creative Expression, Research Practicum, or a new course designed with DCC staff. The Associate Director will also devote significant time to advising and counseling individual students, including their transition from the program to a regular major.
Admissions: Coordinate and implement programming at all stages of the annual recruitment cycle, including open houses, information sessions, etc. Serve as the primary contact person for prospective students and their families during the recruitment cycle. Play a primary role in the selection of students for the incoming class, which includes serving on the general Honors College admissions committee. Work with Resident Life, Honors College, College of Arts and Humanities and other campus units in the development of recruitment materials and publicity for DCC.
Programming and Planning: Design and implement DCC co-curricular programming and special events with the director and DCC fellows.
Management: Supervise program interns, teaching assistants; supervise, with the director, all graduate assistants.
General Administration: Work with scheduling officers in ARHU and Honors College to develop each semester’s course offerings and to approve selected Honors (HONR) courses for the DCC citation. Attend administrative meetings across the campus, including Undergraduate Program Director’s group meetings in ARHU and Resident Life Living-Learning Program directors meetings. Process basic financial paperwork, including reimbursement and simple procurement (e.g., ordering office supplies, printing orders, copy machine program, etc.)
For best consideration, interested candidates should apply by June 15. It is expected that the appointment will beginAugust 1, 2011. Please send a letter of application detailing scholarly/creative work and teaching experience and interests; a CV; names and contact information of three references; and an URL to samples of research or creative activity to Professor Hasan Elahi, Director of Digital Cultures and Creativity Program via e-mail at helahi@umd. edu. Electronic submissions preferred. Hard copy applications can be sent to Professor Elahi at Department of Art, 1211E Art/Sociology Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1311. The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.