Occidental College’s Media Arts & Culture Department (MAC) seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Emerging Media for a 1-year full-time, terminal appointment.
The successful candidate would be a critically-engaged scholar/practitioner with demonstrated teaching/mentoring abilities and a compelling body of project and/or publication-based research that advances the creative and cultural possibilities of emergent media forms. Given the rapid pace of technological change, we leave the definition of emergent media intentionally broad, but areas of emphasis might include: VR/AR (virtual reality, augmented reality, immersive media), speculative design and worldbuilding, game studies and design, transmedia storytelling, and interactive and computational media forms. A terminal Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree in media studies or media practices is required, in hand, at the time of appointment.
We seek a candidate who can engage with both production and critical media majors and expand ways in which the liberal arts context can uniquely function as a space to both imagine and critique such emergent media practices, grounding new forms within larger histories, ethical frameworks, and questions of access, agency, and activism. We are particularly interested in exploring ways that emergent media can expand the diversity of perspectives, identities, and voices represented through media and how these experiences and stories can reach and engage audiences.
The successful candidate will help us to expand the forms that research and creative practice can take in our department and to forge interdisciplinary connections and collaborations across the College. The position entails teaching a 3/2 course load, with courses to be listed under the following thematic headings: Narrative Design and Worldbuilding; Media, Bodies, Space; Topics in Digital Culture; or Topics in Media Theory and Practice. One of these classes will be an interdisciplinary team-taught course to be developed in collaboration with a Computer Science faculty member as part of a Mellon Arts & Technology initiative. In addition to these courses, the position also requires curating a semester of the Oxy Cinematheque event series, mentoring of honors projects, and serving as a second reader/consult on senior comprehensives projects.
Our ideal candidate will help us continue developing and supporting a signature approach to media arts and cultural studies that leverages Occidental’s location in Los Angeles and manifests our commitments to local/global dialogues, community-based learning, undergraduate research, co-curricular curation and exhibition, and social justice.
Position start is August 12, 2019 and includes medical benefits package. For more information about the College and the Media Arts & Culture Department, please visit the MAC website at http://www.oxy.edu/mac
The deadline for receiving application materials is Monday, February 4, 2019. Please submit the following as a single electronic file (PDF) to Dr. Broderick Fox (email@example.com): (1) a cover letter detailing your professional activity and pedagogical experience, as well as how each resonates with the position criteria and your interest in teaching in a liberal arts environment; (2) a current CV; (3) a link to a professional work sample; (4) a course syllabus from a past class; and (5) names and contact information of three professional references.