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University of Utah Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00080 - Film and Media Arts

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2022


The Department of Film & Media Arts seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor in the research area of media arts production. The successful candidate will have experience working with a range of contemporary digital storytelling tools and methodologies, including immersive and interactive media and other emerging media formats; a record of ongoing creative work in media arts; and a record of teaching media arts production at the postsecondary level. Candidates will be expected to teach our introductory media arts production course, and to develop and teach intermediary and advanced undergraduate courses in immersive mediamaking (using mixed, augmented, and virtual reality technologies), as well as in additional subjects that could include 360° photographic techniques, ambisonic audio design, interactive installations, user interface and experience design, transmedia storytelling, and video art. The successful candidate will also take a leading role in the oversight and continued growth of our Media Arts Lab. We enthusiastically welcome applications from talented individuals from diverse creative backgrounds. The Department of Film & Media Arts values diversity of both artistic practices and perspectives, including those held by people from different ethnic, religious, ideological, and geographic backgrounds.

The successful candidate will join a growing and dynamic faculty that includes award-winning filmmakers, animators, media artists, and scholars. The Department of Film & Media Arts is the largest unit the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts, with over 700 undergraduate and graduate majors studying all aspects of film, animation, and media arts production. The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation, and is one of 65 members of the prestigious American Association of Universities. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. Routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S., Salt Lake City is the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately one million residents, extensive arts and cultural activities, unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, and a major international airport.

Required qualifications

· M.F.A. or other terminal degree in media arts, digital media, film, or a related field.

· Evidence of successful college-level teaching.

· Ability to teach introductory media arts production, and to develop and teach intermediate and advanced undergraduate courses in immersive and interactive media and other emerging media formats.

· An active record of creative work, evidence of which may include professional credits and festival or gallery exhibitions.

· Interest in and evidence of potential for securing external grants and funding.

To apply, please submit the following:

· An application letter, not to exceed two pages, addressing the position’s required qualifications and the candidate’s approach to teaching.

· A current CV including names and contact information for three references.

· Portfolio of creative work.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 10/05/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00758CF

Type Faculty