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Assistant Teaching Professor of Digital Arts and Media Design

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 17, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Teaching Professor of Digital Arts and Media Design

The School of Visual Arts within the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park campus) invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor of Digital Arts and Media Design focusing on interactive 3D Game Development beginning August 2022.

This is a full-time, 36-week non-tenure track appointment funded for one year with excellent possibility of reappointment.

We are particularly interested in qualified candidates with excellent interpersonal skills, a collaborative disposition, and a strong commitment to teamwork who can contribute, through their teaching and creative activity, to all levels of the Digital Arts and Media Design curriculum and majors.

The College of Arts and Architecture is working to establish a culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression that embraces individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion, and promotes equity through curricula, values, standards, ideals, policies and practices. The ideal candidate will provide evidence of their experience with, and interest in, contributing to these goals.

Position Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong design and production skills in interactive digital media with analytic strength. We specifically seek someone with expertise in electronic games and 3D animation. Experience in developing 3D applications using game engines such as Unity/Unreal is desired, as well as programming/scripting in languages among C++, C#, Java/Processing, and JavaScript. Experience with AR/VR, VFX, and Concept Art are also desirable.

Candidate should have an active engagement with game design, new media art, and/or in the interaction design industry and the critical and theoretical implications of the field.

The ideal candidate will work with existing program faculty to help shape the undergraduate experience of the Digital Arts and Design majors, related emphasis areas/tracks, and teach a wide range of coursework in Interactive Art and Media Design.

  • A terminal degree: MFA, Ph.D., or equivalent in Digital Art, Digital Design, New Media, or related field.
  • College-level teaching experience and commitment to undergraduate instruction.
  • Experience in curriculum development including new courses and revising, assessing, and maintaining existing courses.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creative activity, knowledge of digital art and design, and new media technologies as applied to critical and contemporary practice and of contemporary art/design theory and criticism.
  • The successful candidate must be fluent in English and possess a strong commitment to keeping abreast with the latest developments in the field of digital arts and media design.
  • Evidence of equitable considerations, awareness, and practice with regard to contemporary curricula development, inclusive practices in educating diverse student bodies and working with a diverse faculty and staff, along with evidence of working collectively to cultivate a culture that supports success and enables all members of a college community to thrive.
  • Teach additional courses related to their area of expertise
  • Participate in the guidance and assessment of program majors, portfolio development, independent studies, internships
  • Advise on capstone thesis projects

The Pennsylvania State University seeks applicants that respect and understand diversity in society. Applicants who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to an inclusive climate are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas. Women and members of historically excluded and oppressed groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure: Screening of applicants will begin at the begin on December 10, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applications should be completed online and should include:
  • Cover letter stating your interests and qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of practice and creative activity

Teaching philosophy with reference to creating an inclusive learning environment, and addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, access, sustainability, and belonging in their field academic experience.
  • Names, titles, and contact information of three references
  • Link to professional website with examples of creative work

The School of Visual Arts

The College of Arts and Architecture:

Penn State

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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