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TWO ASSISTANT PROFESSORS – 3D MODELING/ANIMATION/GAME DESIGN/IMMERSIVE UX

Northern Kentucky University is seeking applicants for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Media Informatics to begin in August 2017.

We see Media Informatics as the highly engaged process through which media is created and experienced, and our program provides the foundation for our students to build stories through emerging media and across platforms. At the intersection of communication and computer science, we seek two faculty members with teaching/research/creative expertise in one or more aspects of media informatics, more specifically in three-dimensional modeling and animation, video game design, and/or immersive user experiences. The successful candidates will expand our existing strengths in thought-provoking research and meaningful content creation in trans-disciplinary media. A strong portfolio in peer reviewed academic and/or creative work that demonstrates expertise in applying theory to practice with skills in programming, design, and/or production is required. Each position is expected to take our existing curriculum and collaboratively guide its refinement, evolution and integration with other departmental and university-wide offerings.

Media Informatics, part of the Department of Communication, is housed in the College of Informatics, which, along with Computer Science and Business Informatics, centers around the nexus of finding and conveying meaning through information. This integration of communication and computation allows for ample interaction with each of the disciplines that impact mediated storytelling – from the code and structure of Computer Science, to partnerships with NKU’s School of  the Arts, to the traditional side of the media spectrum with our sister program in Electronic Media and Broadcasting. We are physically located in Griffin Hall, a flexible learning facility with state-of-the-art classroom technology and includes a network of integrated media and research labs alongside the Digitorium, a large-scale teaching, interactive and performance space.

Media Informatics professors are expected to teach undergraduate courses, conduct an active research and/or creative program, and engage strongly with our students and region. As such, each candidate should be able to demonstrate teaching effectiveness, scholarship, and service related to the fast-changing world of new media. A Masters degree in the emerging/immersive/digital media, informatics or other field directly related to Media Informatics is required; an MFA or Ph.D. in such a field is preferred.

If a highly engaged and ever-evolving academic career teaching and creating media in a thriving tech-friendly cultural center appeals to you, upload a letter of application, select examples of creative or scholarly work, CV, copies of recent teaching evaluations (qualitative and quantitative), and three letters of reference to http://hr.nku.edu/jobseekers/facjobs/co_faculty_jobs.html. (Direct link: http://jobs.nku.edu/postings/4952) Questions regarding the use of the website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at jobs@nku.edu .  Questions regarding the nature of the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Chris Strobel at chris.strobel@nku.edu . Review of applications will begin on October 21, 2016 and continue until the position has been filled.

Any candidate who is offered one of these positions will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Established in 1968, Northern Kentucky University is a 15,000-student, nationally recognized and growing metropolitan university located seven miles from Cincinnati, Ohio. Greater Cincinnati offers an outstanding quality of life, vibrant arts and technology communities, and an affordable cost of living. NKU is committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of over two million people.

It is Northern Kentucky University’s policy to ensure equal employment opportunity for all persons and to recruit, employ, train, promote, and retain qualified faculty and staff. The University is committed to intercultural competence, inclusive excellence, and initiatives that advance the success of underrepresented groups. In fact, Minority Access Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and decreasing disparities, awarded Northern Kentucky University the Role Model Award as "an institution committed to diversity for 2015.” Toward that end, members of protected and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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