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Professor AR/VR, Media Arts, Social Engagement


The Department of Art+Design in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University invites applications for an open-rank (tenured or tenure-track) position in AR/VR, Media Arts and Social Engagement. We seek interdisciplinary candidates with international records of excellence in critically-engaged research and/or creative practice in virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and immersive media. Areas of secondary specialization may include interactive art installations, art games, indie games, interactive narrative, digital storytelling, digital sculpting, architecture, gamification, presence research, perceptual psychology, cognitive training, clinical training, rehabilitation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, procedural generation, sustainability, robotics, biomachine integration, social change, critical theory, resilience or (mis)information research.

Our department values accomplished designers and researchers with interests in creating powerful experiences for people through the design of artifacts, environments, and services, and advancing the field of design research and scholarship. We follow integrative and holistic approaches to design, grounded in cultural practices and behavioral arts, and embrace creative research questions of how technologically mediated action is lived, felt and valued. Our diversified faculty and student work explores perspectives on human experience as a process of making sense of the world, participating in culture, and engaging with community.

The position will be joint with another relevant Northeastern University College depending on the candidate’s profile and research interests. Potential joint appointments include the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, the College of Engineering or the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.


The ideal candidate will maintain a strong program of interdisciplinary research and collaboration, develop new curricula, mentor students at all levels, and participate in Department, College, and University service and outreach. Candidates should be able to teach a variety of courses in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including in Media Arts, Communication Studies, Game Design, Game Art and Animation, Experience Design, Game Development and Computer Science, Game Science, and Information Design.


The successful candidate will have a PhD degree or other terminal degree in a relevant field as described above by appointment start date. Candidates will be expected to gain visibility through peer-reviewed academic research publications and/or juried creative works. Priority will also be given to faculty members who pursue external funding to support their research and creative activity. Candidates are expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels and must have a well-developed research agenda that will inform and advance current trends in the field.

Additional Information

Complete applications received on or before January 21, 2022 will be guaranteed full consideration. Additional applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a CV, a research statement, a teaching statement and a statement of contributions to diversion, equity and inclusion through the Northeastern University Careers Portal.

Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Prof. Dr. Bob De Schutter.

All applicants have the right to accessibility support and accommodations. To request accessibility support and accommodations, please contact Julie Newmeyer, Personnel Administration Manager for the College of Arts Media and Design.

The College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) is a collaborative community within the university that acts as a catalyst for research, inspiration, and discovery. It brings together a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art+Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre. CAMD is also home to the Center for the Arts, the newly launched Center for Design and the Center for Communication, Media Innovation, and Social Change and the CAMD Media Studios Organization (MSO).

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

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