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Assistant Lecturer in Department of Media


Department of Media

Assistant Lecturer in Department of Media

Ball State University

We are seeking a dynamic and talented individual to join our faculty in the Department of Media. This position will teach in the field of visual effects and virtual production and be housed in the Department of Media with collaborative teaching responsibilities in the School of Art.

The Assistant Lecturer will be a part of a department teaching in newly renovated studio spaces and will be critical to our department and college XR initiative, and teaching virtual production using LED technology.

Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State University’s ambitious goals for our second century:

• We pledge to provide a premier educational experience for every student.
• We pledge to partner with the community to improve the lives of our neighbors.
• We are dedicated to having a lifelong presence in the lives of our alumni.
And when we complement these promises with our commitment to our 
enduring values, we define that which makes our University and its culture distinctive.

Our faculty are collegial, collaborative, innovative, inclusive, and adaptive, both within and beyond one’s home unit. These attributes include commitments to collaborative discourse, interdisciplinary inquiry, and enterprising learning practices.

Our faculty are expected to be innovative, adaptive, engaging teachers across modalities; producers of impactful creative and/or scholarly work; leaders in meaningful service activities to multiple communities. We seek faculty members who are strategic thinkers, engaging our dynamic communities. We are committed to student and faculty success, impact, and access, within an environment that prioritizes inclusive excellence. We inspire each other to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens, so that we can pursue fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.

Ball State University lives the values of Beneficence. We invite you to be part of our community.

At Ball State University, inclusiveness is one of the enduring values and informs all of our work. We define ‘inclusiveness’ as a commitment ‘to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.’ As such, this value incorporates a commitment to inclusive excellence and freedom of expression.

Duties and Responsibilities: Candidates will teach undergraduate visual effects and virtual production courses, with the possibility of teaching in our graduate program. The candidate must have good interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work in a department that is cooperative and collegial. Qualified candidates should also have an interest in teaching classes related to media ethics and/or diversity, equity and inclusion. Teaching responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) courses in Visual Effects, Digital Composition, 3-D animation and Video Production for VFX/Virtual Production.

Minimum Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in Media, Visual Effects, Animation or related field, or a Bachelors in a related field with five to eight years industry experience. Proficiency in industry-standard VFX software (e.g., UnReal Engine, Houdini or equivalent, compositing software such as Nuke, After Effects or Fusion is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have a Ph.D. or M.F.A. in Media Production, Visual Effects, Computer Graphics, Animation or a related field and have at least one year of teaching experience at the college level.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through 1/17/2024

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: Curriculum Vitae and in support of your application for this position, please prepare and submit a cover letter that describes how your qualifications and experiences align with the elements of the position description (or leadership profile). In your cover letter, please also describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to our University’s enduring values, including inclusiveness, which we define as a commitment ‘to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.’

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.