We’re hiring an Assistant Professor of New Media
New Media seeks a new, tenure-track faculty member as dynamic as the program itself. Our faculty have published books from prestigious presses like MIT and been featured a dozen times in The New York Times. They’ve contributed to a sustainable initiative declared the Green Project of the Year, won the first Prize for Writing on Digital Art, and built innovative courseware that Wired magazine called “a daring leap.” Our students have exhibited work in prestigious worldwide festivals like Ars Electronica, designed interfaces for Apple, and built interactive skirts for Katy Perry.
If you’re looking to bring insights and energy to an agile program that values creativity and collaboration, read on to see if this job could be right for you.
The University of Maine School of Computing and Information Science (SCIS) seeks applicants for a New Media tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of September 3, 2024. A start date of January 1, 2024 may also be possible.
We seek candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: user experience design, augmented and virtual reality, physical computing, computational media, digital design, and game design. Creators willing to explore experimental and cutting-edge approaches, such as the application of artificial intelligence to these fields, are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a strong record of research and or creative practice, a willingness to take risks, a desire to look beyond traditional disciplines, and a dedication to making a difference in the world. This position will join a multi- and interdisciplinary faculty.
Essential duties and responsibilities
The successful candidate will be expected to be an effective and engaging teacher, to show a strong commitment to the development of new media design curricula, to develop and conduct a coherent, productive research program with national and international impact, to advise and mentor undergraduates in pursuit of their academic and research goals, engage in activities to promote inclusive excellence, and to collaborate with colleagues to increase student success and to recruit students. The typical teaching assignment is five courses per year at the undergraduate level. Substantial service to the School, College, University, and profession is expected.
The School of Computing and Information Science invites faculty to participate as full and equal partners in curriculum development, projects and committees related to the educational mission, and School governance. We support the professional goals and development of teaching and research faculty.
About the University
The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System’s flagship institution. UMaine is the state’s public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine.
The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.
UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.
• MFA or PhD in digital design, computational media, or a related discipline is required by date of hire.
• Documented successful creative practice and research as well as college-level teaching as instructor or assistant.
• We are particularly interested in candidates who can teach a wide range of New Media foundation courses from the introductory to advanced undergraduate levels.
• Documented participation in activities promoting inclusive excellence and/or real-world impact.
• A record of effective collaboration and/or success in obtaining external grants.
You will need to create a profile and application, and upload the following:
1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references
4.) narrative supplements that describe your
a.) research directions,
b.) teaching philosophy, and
c.) approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.
Review of applications to begin: October 15, 2023
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: October 23, 2023
On-site/finalist interviews to begin no earlier than: November 7, 2023
Tentative start date: January 1, 2024 or September 3, 2024
For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Nick Giudice.
The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.
In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 127 Alumni Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207-581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).
Academic Year (Sept-May)
Cover Letter, Diversity Statement, References, Research Statement, Resume/CV, Teaching Statement