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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) and Lecturer/ Instructor (Non-Tenure Track), Narrative Design

University of the Pacific
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Aug 24, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) and Lecturer/ Instructor (Non-Tenure Track), Narrative Design

Primary Purpose and Essential Functions:
The University of the Pacific invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) and a three-year renewable Lecturer/Instructor (non-tenure-track) position in Narrative Design. Up to two (2) positions may be available, one (1) tenure track and one (1) non-tenure track.

The College of the Pacific is hiring across multiple fields this year and seeks to bring in a cohort of new faculty to build upon and elevate our existing interdisciplinary focus areas: Environment and sustainability; Law and policy; Physical and mental health and wellness; Communications, art and design. The successful candidate in the Department of Art, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) will collaborate with colleagues to further develop student-centered programs in one or more of those interdisciplinary areas. In addition to teaching a range of courses within the AMPD Department, the successful candidate will teach in the College's first-year seminar program, develop general education courses with broad appeal, and advance a narrative design curriculum across different media. Our faculty are dedicated teachers, mentors and advisors who value collaboration and who develop innovative pedagogies to enhance student learning in addition to engaging actively in scholarship and service. We are excited to welcome new colleagues who are eager to be part of our vibrant academic community and to contribute to the College's growth and development.

The BA in Media X is an interdisciplinary major designed for students who are interested in pursuing creative combinations of coursework in subjects such as graphic design, English, business, theater arts, digital and visual art, film studies, communication, computer science and engineering, and music industries. The Department of Art, Media, Performance and Design provides the BFA degree with the concentrations in Art and Graphic Design, and a BA degree in Media X as well as minors in Art History, Graphic Design, Media X, Studio Art, Film Studies and Theater.

The Department of Art, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) is committed to excellence in undergraduate education, offering future artists, designers, performers and media makers a rewarding program in a personal, supportive and collaborative environment. Our department is integrated within the College of the Pacific's distinctive liberal arts program, the historical hallmark of our university.

Full time tenure track faculty teach a minimum of twenty (20) units (typically 5 courses) per year, advise students, conduct research/creative activities and participate in departmental and program service. One (1) of the classes serves the university first-year program.

Full time non-tenure track faculty teach a minimum of twenty-four (24) units (typically 6-7 courses depending on units) per year, advise students, participate in departmental and program service. Coursework may include foundation, intermediate and advanced courses in art and media. Relevant professional experience is a plus.

The ideal candidates for the Narrative Design positions would demonstrate the ability to teach courses in some of the following areas:, interactive design, game design, filmmaking, VFX/motion graphics, or 3D animation contributing to BA in Media X major.
The College of the Pacific is also conducting searches for tenure-track assistant professors in Biological Sciences; Communication; Health and Exercise Sciences; Media X (multimedia design and production); Psychology; and Sociology. We seek to bring in a strong cohort of dynamic colleagues to join our current faculty in building on our existing strengths and developing programs, curricula and learning experiences that prepare our students for success.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in animation, film, interactive design, VFX, digital media or relevant fields.
  • Teaching Experience in digital media.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of teaching experience as instructor of record in higher education.
  • Evidence of creative activity and/or research.
  • Evidence of professional experience.
  • Interest in interdisciplinary learning, making, and/or scholarship.
  • Interest in multi-cultural and/or cross-disciplinary visual culture.
  • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.
  • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.

Physical Requirements:
University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty and staff.

The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
Schedule is dependent on department need.

Special Instructions:
We will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2023, and the posting will remain open until both vacancies have been filled.

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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.

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