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Senior Instructional Professor (Open Rank) and Assoc. Director, Major/Minor in Media Arts and Design

The University of Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 6, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Media Studies
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The Department of Cinema & Media Studies and the Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago are accepting applications for a Senior Instructional Professor (open rank) and Associate Director of the program in Media Arts & Design, who will manage the major/minor in Media Arts and Design, and teach a minimum of four courses a year in that curriculum (course load dependent on additional duties). This is a full-time position with a three-year or five-year renewable term, depending on rank, to start September 1, 2022.

In consultation with the Faculty Director of the major/minor in Media Arts and Design and the Chair of Cinema & Media Studies, the Associate Director will be responsible for planning, staffing, and coordinating all Media Arts and Design courses, including the supervision and evaluation of unionized lecturers. Teaching and the pedagogical mentoring of lecturers are central to this position, and we seek candidates proven to be highly effective teachers across the media arts. Possible course offerings might include media theory, history, and/or practice, as well as the Media Arts and Design Capstone Colloquium for fourth-year undergraduate students. In conjunction with the Faculty Director, the Associate Director will also develop the profile and mission of the major/minor in Media Arts and Design. The Associate Director will help to enable Media Arts and Design programs in the University more broadly, to develop on-campus programming with local organizations, and to explore opportunities for student career pathways. Course assignments and other duties of the Associate Director will be determined annually by the Faculty Director of Media Arts and Design and the Chair of Cinema & Media Studies.

An MFA or PhD in media arts or adjacent fields is required. Applicants must have a robust digital or networked media art practice, or experience in fields such as videogame design, as well as extensive teaching experience at the university or post-secondary level.

Applicants should submit their applications through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website, and upload a current curriculum vitae; a cover letter of no more than three pages that addresses professional experience, relevant media arts practice and/or scholarship; a teaching portfolio that includes previous teaching experience and a teaching statement; and the names and contact information [email, regular mail, and telephone] for three references whose letters of recommendation may be solicited.

Applications are due by January 9, 2022. Only complete applications will be considered. The position is contingent upon budgetary approval. Please contact Patrick Jagoda,, with any questions.

The Department of Cinema & Media Studies and the Media Arts and Design program are committed to fostering equity and inclusivity in our study and practice of the arts. We believe that reckoning with the pervasive biases of our cultural structures, including our aesthetic paradigms, is crucial to our work. We seek a Senior Instructional Professor who wishes to engage with and contribute to this mission.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.


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