Applications are invited for the position of Department Head, Digital Media and Design and Donna Krenicki Endowed Professorship in Design and Digital Media in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut. The School seeks a dynamic leader with a distinguished record of creative and scholarly achievement, and a clear vision to shape the future of the department. Candidates should have a strong record in university education and administration, excellent interpersonal skills, and a national and international profile in research and/or creative practice deserving appointment as a full, tenured professor in the department.
Since its establishment in 2012, the Department of Digital Media and Design has grown rapidly to a current size of over 350 undergraduate and graduate students, a full-time faculty of fifteen, and a committed team of staff and specialist adjunct faculty. The department is dedicated to establishing, advancing and promoting programs of transdisciplinary education and research in digital media and design; commitment to experiential learning in the classroom prepares students to respond to real-world challenges that will distinguish them as thinkers, creators and innovators in the digital space. The department offers a wide range of degrees, and enjoys state-of-the-art facilities both at the main campus in Storrs and at UConn Stamford, which is located in the heart of a thriving business community with easy access to New York City. Both locations offer excellent opportunities for collaboration with a wide range of partners both within and outside the university: the department is involved in projects with a number of different schools, including Engineering, Business, and Medicine, and with numerous major corporations and other external entities, including National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Library and Museum Services, Boston Children’s Hospital, IBM, NBC Sports, Connecticut Innovations, and Cigna. It is also playing a leading role in the development of a Scholarly Communications Design Studio at UConn, funded by a major grant from the Mellon Foundation.
The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in one or more of the department’s six concentrations: 2-D Animation and Motion Graphics; 3-D Animation and Visualization; Game Design and Development; Web Design and Development; Digital Media Strategies for Business (including social media, marketing, advertising, branding, and data analytics); and Digital Humanities (including humanities computing, digital pedagogy, digital libraries, and public humanities). At the same time, they will show a willingness to embrace the diversity of digital media practice reflected in the department’s broad offerings. Accordingly, the search committee welcomes applicants from a diverse range of fields, including, but not limited to the fine arts, the humanities and social sciences, education, business, health, and the STEM disciplines. Candidates with a proven commitment to interdisciplinary research and practice are especially welcome.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, performances and exhibits, and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
The new Head will be expected to have a strong commitment to academic excellence in a major research institution, and to fostering diversity and inclusiveness at all levels of the academic enterprise, including faculty and staff hiring and student recruitment. They will work collaboratively with the Dean and other leaders within the School of Fine Arts, particularly the Heads of the other academic departments (Art & Art History, Dramatic Arts, and Music) to implement the strategic goals of the School and of UConn’s Academic Plan (http://academicvision.uconn.edu). The Head will oversee budget, personnel (including faculty promotion and tenure procedures), curriculum, and facilities, and work closely with faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and outside constituencies to support and promote the vision and mission of the department.
The state is home to a large number of international high technology companies. The Storrs campus is located in a beautiful area of New England, with a moderate cost of living and proximity to major cultural, recreational, and urban centers of the Northeast. The University community provides residents with a rich diversity of cultural, athletic, artistic, and historic experiences, and the surrounding area offers affordable quality housing and top schools for faculty and families.
Earned terminal degree as recognized in candidate’s primary field.
Distinguished record of research and practice in application of digital technologies in the candidate’s primary field of expertise, commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor at the University of Connecticut.
Demonstrated success in a leadership role in higher education.
Demonstrated success in obtaining and managing research funding from external agencies, including major grants and sponsored and entrepreneurial projects.
Demonstrated success in developing relationships with corporations, foundations, and other entities.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Record of successful teaching in higher education.
At least 3-5 years of experience in an academic leadership position, such as Department Head, Associate Department Head, Associate Dean, or Center Director.
Record of initiative in promoting diversity among faculty, staff, and students.
Record of interdisciplinary collaboration in research and/or curriculum development.
This is a full-time, 10-month tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2017. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Visit https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8921 to complete your application. Application packages should include: a cover letter; a full curriculum vitae; a two-page vision statement summarizing the candidate’s personal vision and goals for education and research in digital media and design, and their philosophy of academic leadership for achieving those goals; and names and contact information of five professional references. Submission of materials as a PDF is strongly encouraged. (Later in the search process shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit additional statements, on teaching, research, and commitment to diversity, as mandated by University policy.)
Review of applications will begin on Friday, March 17, 2017. The position is open until filled. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2017388)
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
The University of Connecticut is one of the nation's leading public research universities. UConn's main campus in Storrs is admitting the highest-achieving freshmen in University history. Student diversity continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice.