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Assistant Professor, (Pre)visualization/spatialization – ASU @ Mesa City Center

School of Arts, Media and Engineering

Job description:

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks to hire an Assistant Professor in (Pre)visualization/spatialization. This full-time, academic year, tenure-track position will begin August 2021 and will be a joint appointment between the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Polytechnic School of the Fulton Schools of Engineering. The person hired into this position will be a leader in the development of new graduate curricula and research/creative programs in extended realities practices and immersive experience design as part of the new ASU @ Mesa City Center facility, the emerging media technologies center opening in May 2022. 

This joint appointment between the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (tenure home) and the Polytechnic School will have duties primarily related to the ASU @ Mesa City Center facility and its programs, including the teaching and mentoring of graduate students, the development of curricula across and between disciplines (including online and hybrid deployment courses), and instruction of courses in (pre-)visualization, spatialization, sensing, machine vision, VR/XR technologies/practices, and related areas. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain a program of research and/or creative activity commensurate with a tenure-track appointment in the fields of immersive experience design and/or virtual/extended reality (potentially including but not limited to: entertainment design, architecture, game design, simulation, and/or experimental applications of XR technologies), including cultivation of transdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary collaborations, successful grantseeking/sponsored project development, and other collaborations with industry and community partners.

About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the School of Arts, Media and Engineering

The School of Arts, Media and Engineering offers a dynamic, cross-campus, student-customizable curriculum that prepares students with tangible skills in new media, AI, games, wearable technology and more. We believe the liberal arts degree for the 21st century needs to create citizens who are conversant with hard skills in emerging technology as well as with the soft skills that employers increasingly demand. The School of Arts, Media and Engineering trains students to be socially aware, critically thinking global citizens who strive to bring about positive change, in a society that will be increasingly shaped by incoming revolutions in emerging and new technologies. For more information on the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, visit artsmediaengineering.asu.edu.

About ASU @ Mesa City Center

Arizona State University has joined forces with one of the nation’s fastest growing cities to build a digital innovation center in Mesa. ASU @ Mesa City Center will open doors for students in emerging industries while helping transform Mesa’s downtown area into a bustling innovation district. Once fully developed, this 118,000 square-foot space will leverage its soundstages, audio laboratories, immersive laboratories, screening theaters, fabrication labs and design studios to encourage collaborations aimed at solving problems today and in the future—from visualizing new systems of urban transportation to testing new designs for hospital rooms. This world-class media production site will host hundreds of students making films, video games and other immersive media, as well as extended reality experiences of all kinds. Our inclusive programming will train some of the best storytellers and media entrepreneurs in the world, and the facility will also be an open and inviting place for the public as well as a source of inspiration, entertainment and education.

About the Fulton Schools of Engineering (FSE)

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive engineering programs in the United States. Our students represent 135 countries, all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We create engineers and inspire innovation. We are agile, dynamic and dedicated to continuous innovation, student success, faculty excellence, and cultivation of an environment that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. We offer the Fulton Difference, encapsulated by these principles:

  • We focus on student success in the classroom and beyond.
  • We accelerate use-inspired research and entrepreneurial engagement.
  • Our faculty are dedicated to transformational research and engineering education.
  • We engage our stakeholders in industry and the community.
  • We make global impacts.

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University seek creative and entrepreneurial faculty having backgrounds and interests aligned with our research themes and who have passion for educating and mentoring the next generation of engineers and high-tech workforce.

About the Polytecnic School

The Polytechnic School focuses on learning through making and solving real-world challenges through collaboration. We believe how you learn and teach is as important as what you learn and teach. Located in the dynamic, growing Gateway region on the southeast edge of the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area, ASU’s Polytechnic campus is 600-acre campus is built in a beautiful desert arboretum and is home to more than 6,300 undergraduate and graduate students. The academic facilities are among the best that ASU has to offer and were designed specifically to support the learning and discovery environment. The school is home to one of the most innovative engineering programs in the country and some of the most advanced learning laboratories available to students on any university campus.

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

Candidates for this position must have demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching (need not be in a formal, higher education setting). They must demonstrate dedication to equity, diversity and inclusion. Candidates must have an established national/international profile in the fields of visualization/spatialization, extended reality technologies, and/or sensing/machine vision and have a commitment to or interest in transdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary collaboration. They must also have completed a terminal degree in engineering, design, media arts, computer science, or related field.

Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

Highly-qualified candidates for this position will possess:

  • Detailed knowledge of established and experimental workflows for extended reality and immersive technologies and awareness of emerging developments in the field(s)
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching and developing curricula for extended realities and/or emerging media (this need not be in a formal higher education setting)
  • Clear and demonstrable awareness of and connections to the fields/industries of engineering, technology, design, and/or the arts/entertainment
  • Experience teaching online or creating resources for education/training in an online environment
  • Demonstrated experience in transdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary teaching, learning, research and/or creative activity
  • Commitment to research, creative activity and/or scholarship that has public impact outside of the academy, including work related to community engagement, social justice, communication of science, cross-cultural communication or similar endeavors.
  • Demonstrated expertise in designing for user experiences/interaction in a variety of modes and technology platforms
  • Experience in applying the technologies and practices of extended realities/simulation/visualization to other applications and modes, including but not limited to: training/workforce development, crisis preparedness, healthcare/rehabilitation, immersive entertainment/performance, public policy, science communication.
Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

Please submit:

  1. CV
  2. A letter of interest
  3. A statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or racial justice will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
  4. A statement of teaching philosophy.
  5. A statement describing your program of research.
  6. The names and contact information for three professional references.
  7. Portfolio of creative and/or research work submitted electronically, as a website or via a downloadable link or application or publication sample (file size limit 100mb).

All applications must be submitted electronically via apply.interfolio.com/81888.

Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is February 1, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.


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