Kinetic Imaging | Instructor

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Position F29120
Full-time, Non-tenure track 12-month position

To apply: Applications are due by Friday, February 10, 2017

About the Department:

The Department of Kinetic Imaging is for motivated students with vivid imaginations and inexhaustible curiosity, attracted to media traditionally referenced as video, sound or animation art. Critical thinking and innovation are vital as these historical definitions are reexamined in the context of ever-evolving media theory and technological possibilities. Students develop the technical skills required for professional work in a variety of media industries, but more importantly, learn critical thinking and observation, creative self-expression, and the application and significance of media being defined in the digital age. Specifically, students learn how to use video, animation, and sound for art creation, self-expression and experimentation while studying alternative video as well as 2D and 3D animation.

About the Opportunity:

The Department is seeking a dynamic and creative colleague to support the needs of undergraduate and graduate-level teaching, and oversee the instructional and safety needs of the students using the department’s digital and technology studios. This position is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure eligible faculty position at the rank of Instructor. The faculty member will have skills and interests that complement and expand the existing expertise of the faculty and staff in the department. The position includes the opportunity to teach, at the Chair’s discretion, based on the particular skills of the successful candidate.

Additional duties include:

  • Research and identify new and appropriate technology for an emerging media program.
  • In collaboration with the Chair and department faculty, plan the acquisition and use of new and emerging technology, while also maintaining and keeping viable traditional technologies that remain relevant to the curriculum and research potential.
  • Stay abreast of state and university purchasing and fiscal policies; serve as fixed asset custodian for the department.
  • Collaborate with other faculty on methods to incorporate and utilize the technology and digital studios in the departmental curriculum, both in the undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Instruct students on the proper and safe use of complex and specialized equipment, software, hardware, and related procedures.
  • Manage the department equipment checkout system and control access to buildings, facilities, software, and equipment; hire and supervise student workers to support equipment checkout and events.
  • Supervise the technology and installation of special exhibitions and events, including coordination of visiting artists’ technology needs.
  • Collect/document student work for archiving and dissemination.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to VCUarts and University technology and media offices.
  • Identify and develop technology-based community engagement opportunities.

Requirements:

  • MFA in a related field.
  • Minimum of three years of teaching experience.
  • Minimum of two years of demonstrated expertise, including increased responsibility, managing a wide variety of equipment and related facilities, preferably in arts higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience working with emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
  • Experience teaching in a Kinetic Imaging program, or in a comparable digital arts program. (Preferred)
  • Experience teaching in a fine arts and/or design program in an accredited arts school. (Preferred)
  • Experience supervising graduate students. (Preferred)

Application Process:

Submit the following application materials via VCU eJobs at vcujobs.com:

  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • CV/Resume
    • Include at least four professional references familiar with the applicant’s record as an instructor, and/or creative professional, including names, addresses, and phone numbers—no letters—(references will not be checked prior to candidates’ approval)
  • Link to website if available
  • Portfolio of your work, including 10 images and a slide script. For video: upload to http://vimeo.com/ and include link on your slide script – 3 minute maximum.

Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted. The Cover Letter and Teaching Philosophy should be submitted as one PDF in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs; the CV/Resume should be submitted as a PDF in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs (including references and a link to a professional website if being included); and the Portfolio of your work should be submitted as one PDF in the “Other Document” section in eJobs.

Applications are due February 10, 2017.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

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