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Assistant Professor - Visual Communications (Area: Interactive Design)

Syracuse University
New York, United States
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Posted Date
Sep 29, 2022
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Job # 076058 Job Title Assistant Professor - Visual Communications (Area: Interactive Design) Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours
As determined by department chair and senior associate dean Job Type Full-time Rank Assistant Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description
The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University invites applicants to apply for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Visual Communications ( VIS ) department to begin August 21, 2023. The successful candidate will primarily teach interactive design, user experience design, human-centered design, as well as foundational design theories and practice. Expertise in designing Voice User Interfaces and/or Extended Reality is preferred.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the potential to engage ambitious undergraduate, graduate and military program students in one of the preeminent visual communications programs in the country. The ideal candidate should specialize in at least one of the following areas:
- User Experience Research
- User Interface Design
- Immersive Design: Extended Reality
- Designing beyond screen interactions
- Voice User Interfaces

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate potential for conducting academic scholarship or producing industry-related creative activity that will position the hire as a well-known expert in the field. Participation in service and committee work for the department, the Newhouse School, and Syracuse University is expected. Qualifications
A master’s degree or higher is preferred. Candidates must have significant professional experience in the practice of design as a product designer, design researcher, UX designer, interaction designer, experience designer, or information designer. They should also have knowledge and practice of accessible and inclusive design practices. Previous teaching experience is a plus, but not required.

The successful candidate will share in Newhouse’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. Job Specific Qualifications
Candidates should demonstrate their ability to instruct others by drawing upon their experience with current industry technologies and equipment utilized by professionals. Being versed in current technological trends as well as being a problem solver and a good team player are essential, as one of the key values and strengths of the school lies in collaboration and interdisciplinary praxis for students and faculty.

The candidate should demonstrate an ability to bring a forward-thinking philosophy to the design program. This hire should also be willing to explore, innovate and potentially teach with experimental and emerging platforms.

Courses the faculty member would teach range from: basic, intermediate and advanced design courses for our undergraduate and graduate programs to basic and advanced courses for our military students; as well as other topics that reflect evolving practices in the design industry.

The VIS department highly values designing for social good in and out of the classroom curriculum. Top candidates will have ideas how to best augment this for the various VIS programs and its student populations. Responsibilities
In addition to an academic year teaching load and pursuing a research/creative agenda that brings national visibility to the school, this faculty member will also engage in a variety of service duties, including academic and career advising of undergraduate and graduate students, school and university committee service, departmental curriculum development and assessment, and community/industry outreach such as the department’s Pixels & Print Design Workshop.

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About the Newhouse School
Widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is home to approximately 2,000 undergraduates, 200 residential master’s degree students, 200 online master’s degree students and 15 doctoral degree students. They are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. The typical admitted first-year student has a 3.8 GPA and an SAT score in the 1300s

The school’s 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge learning environment where students are exposed to the tools and technologies used by professionals in the field. Features include Dick Clark Studios, a high-tech entertainment production facility that rivals many Hollywood studios; the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center, complete with a contemporary news set, a green screen, state-of-the-art lighting systems and cameras; the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends; the Emerging Insights Lab, a state-of-the-art social media command center; and the Collaborative Media Room, home to
the student-produced multimedia news site, The NewsHouse.

In January 2020, the S.I. Newhouse Foundation announced a $75 million gift to the Newhouse School, the largest donation to Syracuse University in its 150-year history and one of the largest ever to any communications school.

To learn more about the Newhouse School, visit

About the Visual Communications Department

The Visual Communications Department ( VIS ) is regarded as one of the best in the nation. Its 10 full-time faculty/staff members, complemented by a specialized adjunct force, prepare future leaders in visual storytelling industries — primarily video production, motion graphics, photography, graphic design, and immersive storytelling (AR/VR) — by introducing students to principles, theories and strategies of storytelling; practices and systems of production, distribution and exhibition; as well as the economic, political and social impact of their work on the world.

We value a global perspective and experiences, which are exemplified through The Alexia Grants and The Center for Global Engagement, both of which are run by VIS faculty members.

The Visual Communications department ( VIS ) is one of the most versatile in the Newhouse School. With slightly over 50 undergraduate photography majors, 60 undergraduate design majors, and 18 graduate students, its size helps foster a tight-knit community, yet is large enough to allow for a variety of collaborative projects and workshops — both in Syracuse and around the world. Our program consists of a mix of core requirements and an extensive selection of elective coursework, which empowers students to customize their programs of study. Majors also can study abroad — over 100 programs in 60 countries. VIS students annually earn national recognition of their creative work through a variety of video, photography and design competitions and film festivals.

Alumni pursue a wide variety of careers that include work as filmmakers, film editors, cinematographers, documentary photographers, visual producers, picture editors, photojournalists, commercial/advertising photographers, designers (motion graphics, UIUX, immersive design, traditional graphic design), and media educators. They are found in numerous leadership positions and often return to campus to share their knowledge.

For close to 50 years, we have also taught an array of skills to advanced photojournalists from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines through the Military Visual Journalism Program.

To learn more about the Visual Communications department, please visit:

Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest which includes three important areas:

1. Teaching – The Newhouse School prides itself on the high quality of education it provides and its ability to get students job-ready Day One. Please describe your teaching interests and philosophy of how students best learn.

2. Diversity and Inclusion – Please describe how your past experience has prepared you to contribute to the School’s and the University’s strategic commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in higher education.

3. Research/Creative Activity - The Newhouse School values both scholarly research and creative activity. Scholarship can include peer-reviewed journal articles, grant procurement, conference presentations and book development. Creative activity can include, as examples, industry trade or consumer media/news articles, and media production, development or multimedia storytelling (photo/video, film, sound, web design, apps, scriptwriting). Please describe how your experience will help you contribute to the University and School’s commitment to research and creative initiatives.

In addition to the cover letter, applications should include :
  • resume/vitae, and cover letter
  • portfolio website URL
  • list of four academic or professional references with contact name, title, address, and email/phone information.
Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with priority consideration given to those received by November 1th . However, the department will continue to consider applications until this position is filled.

The Newhouse School encourages candidates to apply who will help us broaden the diversity of our faculty. Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Employment Opportunity Employer and has a long history of engaging veterans and the military- connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment program. About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit About the Syracuse area
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal. EEO Statement
Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities. Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans
Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members. Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community
Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity. Quick Link Job Posting Date 09/29/2022 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration 11/11/2022 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants
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