The Department of Communication in the College of Arts & Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Media Arts & Game Development beginning August 2018. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses in media arts and game development, research, and service to the university and community. Research expertise should complement existing faculty expertise and may include a focus on game studies and design, creative coding, game development, or other emergent/computational media practice.
The successful candidate will be able to teach courses focused on the creative use of technology for the conceptualization and development of computer-based media and game development applications. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate students, results in publications, and contributes to advancing the MAGD program, department, university, the profession, and society. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace the principles of diversity and inclusion as a member of the university community.
Ph.D, M.F.A, or other relevant terminal degree is required. (ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2018, if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2019 in advance of their first scheduled review.) Candidates for this position will have the academic preparation and/or demonstrable experience to teach undergraduate courses in some of the following areas: game studies and design, creative coding, game development, or other emergent/computational media practice. The candidate should also have an active research and/or creative agenda within one or more of these areas. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate students, clear evidence of scholarly potential, commitment to working with diverse populations and serving as active member of the university community. Salary is commensurate with academic preparation and experience.
An interest in creating courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise and determining the future direction of the program are considered assets for this position. We welcome applications from those who consider themselves creative practitioners as well as research practitioners in any of the areas above.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Candidate must be interested in or have the ability to develop skills necessary with students on game development projects, as this is a core component of our program.
Full-time teaching responsibilities include commitment to a research or creative activities agenda relevant to work in the Media Arts and Game Development program. Normal teaching responsibility is four courses per semester. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities. Service responsibilities include committee service at the departmental, college, and university level as well as participation in community organizations as relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online and/or in a hybrid format or courses in the evenings. Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminar or University Learning Communities, or participate in other programs geared toward improving to student success.
The Media Arts and Game Development program is an innovative interdisciplinary program that brings together departments across multiple colleges and emphasizes the creative use of technology for the conceptualization and development of computer-based media and game development applications. The program serves a diverse population of students, and embraces the principles and practices of Inclusive Excellence that are reflected in the University of Wisconsin System’s commitment to diversity and educational opportunity. The program works with cutting edge labs including a fabrication space and a Motion Capture studio, and sponsors a range of activities including the annual MAGD Expo, multiple events in the College’s Diversity Forum, gallery showings, weekend-long game jams, and guest speakers and artists.
The Department of Communication is the largest department in the College of Arts and Communication and one of the largest at the University. The department serves more than 600 students who major in one of our seven emphases: Advertising, Broadcast/Print/Web Journalism, Corporate and Health Communication, Electronic Media, International Journalism, Media Arts and Game Development, and Public Relations. The department’s graduate program serves a diverse population of recent undergraduates and returning professionals. We actively seek candidates who possess the interest and ability to work with students from diverse socio-economic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds.
UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of university design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.
UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).
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UW-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model. New faculty are provided with additional resources to ensure a strong start in their teaching and research activities. A first-year professional development program is also provided to all new faculty, including participation in ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices (http://acue.org). UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).
TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION:
Applications received by December 8, 2017 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.
If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding the position please contact:
Jeff Herriott, Search Chair
Professor of Music and Communication
Coordinator, Media Arts and Game Development Program
McGraw Room 104
Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents: