Assistant Professor of Game & Interactive Media

Location
Arkansas, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted
Feb 12, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

About Arkansas Tech
Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech is a state supported comprehensive institution, maintaining regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and classification as a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) level III institution. It is the third-largest in the state with an enrollment close to 12,000 students. The Russellville campus, located in the scenic Arkansas River Valley between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, is just one hour from the capital city of Little Rock and boasts a charming blend of historic and modern architecture, including beautiful grounds and greenery.  Offering over 100 undergraduate degree programs and more than 25 graduate degree programs across seven academic colleges and two campuses, Arkansas Tech strives to provide a solid educational foundation for life-long learning to a diverse community.  For more information about Arkansas Tech University and the surrounding community, please visit our website at www.atu.edu/hr to find our “Live Here” informational resources.

Position Summary
Assistant Professor of Game and Interactive Media Design. This is a nine-month tenure track appointment with a start date of August 2, 2021. We are seeking a Game and Interactive Media Specialist to complement our existing faculty. Teaching responsibilities are 3 studio courses per semester with additional expectations for scholarship and service. The successful candidate will hold, at minimum, a Master's degree with experience in the field, though a Master of Fine Arts or Doctorate in a related field is preferred. Arkansas Tech offers a benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, and participation in TIAA-CREF retirement plans.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
•Develop, teach, and assess undergraduate (and graduate when appropriate) courses in Game, Interactive Media, and Art.
•Engage students in high-impact learning practices.
•Effectively advise/mentor students at the undergraduate (and graduate when appropriate) level.
•Develop a sustainable scholarship program including seeking external funds to support the program.
•Provide impactful departmental, college, university, and professional service to the university, community, and state.
•Demonstrating a commitment to excellent teaching, scholarship.
•Participation in departmental and university-wide committees.
•Student advising, assessment, recruitment, and retention.
•Maintaining computer labs and equipment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
•Proficient in modern in programming or scripting languages for development on multiple platforms, such as web, mobile, or games.
•Experience in game development, modeling, and texturing characters using ZBrush,   Mudbox, Autodesk Maya, and Photoshop (or equivalent 3D and 2D programs).

 Minimum Requirements
The successful candidate will hold, at minimum, a Master’s Degree with experience in the field.

Preferred Qualifications
•A Master of Fine Arts or Doctorate in a related field degree.
•Proficient in modern in programming or scripting languages for development on multiple platforms, such as web, mobile, or games.
•Experience and skills related to aesthetic design for interaction.
•Experience in game development, modeling, and texturing characters using ZBrush, Mudbox, Autodesk Maya, and Photoshop (or equivalent 3D and 2D programs).
•Demonstrate a solid understanding of form, silhouette, color, and lighting.
•Solid texturing and painting skills. 
•Demonstrate evidence of being a theorist and practitioner.
•Evidence of or potential for fostering an inclusive environment for diverse populations.

Work Location, Environment, and Physical Demands
The Game and Interactive Media Design labs are located in the Norman Hall Art building, and the Game and Interactive Media annex; both labs are dedicated to game and interactive media students.  

What to Submit
•Letter of application indicating qualifications for the position
•Curriculum vitae
•Contact information for 3-5 professional references
•Teaching philosophy 
•Link to a portfolio/ related work and examples of student work
•Unofficial copy of transcripts

To be considered for the position of Assistant Professor of Game & Interactive Media, all applications must be received and processed through our applicant tracking system Cornerstone prior to the closing date on March 15, 2021 before 6:00 pm central time.

Please go to https://atu.csod.com/ats/careersite/search.aspx?site=1&c=atu to apply now.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Arkansas Tech University is an AA/EOE employer committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

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