Dorothy and Dale Thompson Missouri Professorship in the Arts in Interactive Design and Emerging

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Art History, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

Hiring Department

College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Arts & Art History

Job Description

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is conducting a search for the Dorothy and Dale Thompson Missouri Professorship in the Arts, an open rank, full-time, benefit-eligible 9-month position, with a focus on interactive design and emerging creative technologies. Specifically, we are seeking applications from candidates who possess an understanding of the critical, historical and theoretical aspects of technology within visual arts. The ideal candidate will demonstrate proficiency with current industry tools, processes, methodologies, standards, and practices in areas such as UI/UX, motion graphics, interactive design, game design, AR/VR, experiential design, data visualization, mobile applications and other emergent technologies for artists and designers. The candidate should be especially insightful to the ways in which these areas can enhance community and culture through storytelling.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an exceptional approach to their own creative research, developing and maintaining a national and international reputation through projects, writings, lectures, and other creative outlets. The selected candidate will also have a fundamental role in shaping the future of studio art and design at UMKC and its relationship to the university, and the local/global design community. They will also have an important role in mentoring underserved students. They will be expected to participate in developing a new curriculum around their expertise.

The Department of Art and Art History programs provide students with tools to develop creative and critical thinking skills, visual and verbal communication abilities and versatility in professional and personal situations. We serve a variety of students from non-majors to the professionally oriented with minors and BA degrees in studio art along with additional BA and MA degrees in art history. Our faculty includes accomplished and nationally exhibiting artists, as well as dedicated and actively publishing art historians. The department’s own UMKC Gallery of Art, visiting artists and scholars and gallery exhibitions supplement coursework and provide unique interactive learning opportunities outside of the classroom. We engage students in high-impact learning trips such at local artists’ studios and active art hubs across the country. Physical proximity and professional connections to museums, studios and organizations in Kansas City offer students additional opportunities for internships, access to visiting artists and enrichment programs to enhance their education.

Minimum Qualifications

An MFA degree in a related field is required. Prior teaching experience at the college levels is helpful but not essential.

Full Time/Part Time

Full time, Benefit eligible, Tenure Track or Tenure eligible, 9-month academic position


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted online at . Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Please upload a letter of interest addressing qualifications and teaching philosophy, a curriculum vitae, a list of three academic and/or professional references with full contact information, and a portfolio documenting creative, academic, and/or professional experience. Please note that the maximum file size is 11MB for each document.

Questions can be directed to the search committee via Barry Anderson, at . Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


UMKC is the University of Missouri System and is located on a beautifully landscaped campus in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City is the heart of the Midwest with major sports teams, arts district, yet 2-3 hours from some of the best lakes, rivers and hiking in the country. Our cost of living is low compared to east and west coasts.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity

UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure. For more information on our diversity mission, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website:

UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area. Our students come from all 50 states and over 85 countries, enriching our community with diverse perspectives. With more than 125 academic areas, our students have a lot of opportunities to explore on their way to discovering and creating their perfect career. We are at the heart of a thriving urban area where the city’s life and energy influence everything that happens here. We are Kansas City’s university and we can’t wait for you to join us! Find out more about UMKC in the About UMKC section of our website.

Details about UMKC’s community and the benefits of being an employee can be found on our careers page.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to UMKC’s mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, Latino, Italian, Irish, German, Native American, Slavic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City, and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection, and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students, and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace, and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand learn the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion

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