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Assistant Professor - Interactive Media Design


The Communication Department at Northern Kentucky University seeks outstanding candidates with expertise in designing engaging interactive media for a tenure track Assistant Professor position. The candidates are expected to excel in the classroom, be forward thinking in their creative and/or research agenda, and enthusiastically engage with the public and university. They will embrace the opportunity to augment our faculty’s strengths in 3D content creation and traditional media while shaping the evolution of our forays into interactive media, digital imaging, visual effects, and/or augmented and virtual reality storytelling. This position is key to bridging creative and conceptual alliances with other departmental traditional media and university-wide arts and computer programming programs. 

A strong portfolio in peer-reviewed academic and/or creative work that demonstrates expertise in applying theory to practice in media creation is required. Applicable skill sets and academic focus will vary, but it is expected that applicants will be experienced in and passionate about media design, production, augmented or virtual reality, and/or front end programming.

Successful candidates are expected to teach undergraduate courses in our Media Informatics program (see Program Description and Full Catalog of Courses), conduct an active research and/or creative program, and engage deeply with our students and region. As such, each candidate should be able to demonstrate teaching effectiveness, scholarship, and service related to the fast-changing world of media. A Masters degree in the emerging/immersive/digital media, informatics or other field directly related to media creation is required; an MFA or Ph.D. in such a field is preferred.

As our most dynamic and quickly evolving major, Media Informatics strives to prepare our graduates for professional futures in mediated storytelling using cutting edge technologies. The program serves over 125 undergraduate majors and minors studying 3D animation, visual effects, video game and production design, and effective user interface experience. It is housed in the College of Informatics, which focuses upon making information useful and meaningful. The College’s integration of communication and computation allows for ample interaction with each of our disciplines that impact mediated storytelling – from the code of Computer Science, to partnerships with NKU’s School of the Arts, to the traditional side of the media spectrum with our companion program in Electronic Media and Broadcasting. We are physically located in Griffin Hall, a flexible learning facility with state-of-the-art classroom technology and includes a network of integrated media and research labs alongside the Digitorium, a large-scale teaching, interactive and performance space.

If a highly engaged and ever-evolving academic career teaching and creating media in a thriving tech-friendly cultural center appeals to you, please apply online at A complete application will require: a letter of application, select examples of creative or scholarly work, CV, copies of recent teaching evaluations (qualitative and quantitative), three letters of reference, and a diversity statement. The diversity statement should provide the candidate’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional career. (In line with the University’s Affirmative Action Policy, candidates are not expected to disclose their identity or membership either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. Demographic information is solicited through the application process; however, those data are confidential and are not provided to members of the search committee.) Any candidate who is offered a position at NKU will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law. Questions regarding the use of the website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at Questions regarding the nature of the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Chris Strobel at Review of applications will begin on November 22, 2019 and continue until the position has been filled.

Established in 1968, Northern Kentucky University is a 15,000-student, nationally recognized and growing metropolitan university located seven miles from Cincinnati, Ohio. Greater Cincinnati offers an outstanding quality of life, vibrant arts and technology communities, and an affordable cost of living. NKU is committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of over two million people.

It is Northern Kentucky University’s policy to ensure equal employment opportunity for all persons and to recruit, employ, train, promote, and retain qualified faculty and staff. The University is committed to intercultural competence, inclusive excellence, and initiatives that advance the success of underrepresented groups. In fact, Minority Access Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and decreasing disparities, awarded Northern Kentucky University the Role Model Award as "an institution committed to diversity for 2015.” Toward that end, members of protected and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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