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Digital Media Assistant Professor – Department of Art & Art History, UNCW

Assistant Professor – Art & Art History

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Art & Art History Department within the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts (CHSSA) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), invites applicants for a full-time Assistant Professor, tenure track position in Digital Media, to begin August 2024.

The position requires primary teaching responsibilities in fundamental graphic design courses that should also incorporate a wide range of emerging technologies, with secondary opportunities to propose original courses that explore new directions in Digital Media.

Successful applicants will demonstrate evidence of teaching ability appropriate for the undergraduate level, professional accomplishments in the field, and evidence of knowledge related to contemporary advances in graphic design, digital arts, and technology. Responsibilities include teaching six courses per year, engaged research, advising, and service at department, college, and university levels.

We welcome candidates who are actively engaged in advancing equity and inclusion in their teaching as related to the strategic goals of the University.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Master of Fine Arts in a studio discipline
  • Prior experience teaching at the undergraduate level

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Research focus in Graphic Design, Digital Arts, and/or Emerging Technologies related to Digital Media

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Department of Art & Art History currently has fifteen full-time and five part-time faculty members. We offer B.A. degrees in Art History, Digital Arts and Studio Art and house the CAB Art Gallery that hosts a range of exhibitions from student to nationally recognized artists. Beyond the major, the Art History faculty and curriculum play a central role in both the DA and Studio Art degrees and are indispensable contributors to the departmental mission:

The Department of Art and Art History cultivates aesthetic decision making through creative problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, and an understanding of the importance of visual arts in the human experience.

College/School Information
The College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts (CHSSA) is home to 14 academic departments and offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs including the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Public Administration as well as combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs in Spanish and English. The CHSSA also houses the Gender Studies and Research Center, an interdisciplinary and intersectional community of students, scholars, and advocates committed to social justice and equity.

In addition, the CHSSA offers a full complement of minors including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, American studies, Asian studies, classical studies, European studies, forensic science, journalism, Latin American studies, medical humanities, Middle East and Islamic studies, Native American studies, and women and gender studies. Undergraduate certificates for professional writing and publishing, as well as a number of post-baccalaureate certificates such as conflict management and resolution, emergency and disaster management, forensic science, science and medical writing, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and Hispanic studies are a part of the college’s offerings.

The CHSSA contributes significantly to the curriculum that comprises UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The CHSSA strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Graduate programs in the CHSSA are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts. Each of the CHSSA’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations.

Upon completion of their studies, all CHSSA students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives. The College of Humanities, Social Science, and the Arts offers limitless opportunities to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary research and service while also making a positive societal impact. Come and join our vibrant academic environment that values discovery, innovation, and creativity.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Please apply online at https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/30236

Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on January 10, 2024, the posting closing date.

To apply, please complete the online application process available at https://jobs.uncw.edu/ and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  • Cover Letter: a 1-2 page letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy: 1–2 pages
  • Three professional references
  • Portfolio/Work Sample: a portfolio that includes 20 examples of professional work and 20 examples of student work
  • If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.

Please note that a minimum of three references are required for all applications.

Letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

For questions about the position or online application process, contact Melisa Akande, akandem@uncw.edu

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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