Assistant Professor - Visual Communications

Assistant Professor - Visual Communications JOB#076058

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University invites applicants to apply for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Visual Communications (VIS) department to begin August 21, 2023. The successful candidate will primarily teach interactive design, user experience design, 3D Design using Blender and Unreal Engine, as well immersive design. Expertise in designing for Extended Reality is preferred.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the potential to engage ambitious undergraduate, graduate and military program students in one of the preeminent visual communications programs in the country. The ideal candidate should specialize in at least one of the following areas in the field of communications:

  • 3D Design
  • Immersive Design: Extended Reality
  • User Experience Research
  • User Interface Design
  • Designing beyond screen interactions

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate potential for conducting academic scholarship or producing industry-related creative activity that will position the hire as a well-known expert in the field. Participation in service and committee work for the department, the Newhouse School, and Syracuse University is expected.

About the Newhouse School Widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is home to approximately 2,000 undergraduates, 200 residential master’s degree students, 200 online master’s degree students and 15 doctoral degree students. They are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. The typical admitted first-year student has a 3.8 GPA and an SAT score in the 1300s

The school’s 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge learning environment where students are exposed to the tools and technologies used by professionals in the field. Features include Dick Clark Studios, a high-tech entertainment production facility that rivals many Hollywood studios; the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center, complete with a contemporary news set, a green screen, state-of-the-art lighting systems and cameras; the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends; the Emerging Insights Lab, a state-of-the-art social media command center; and the Collaborative Media Room, home to the student-produced multimedia news site, The NewsHouse.

In January 2020, the S.I. Newhouse Foundation announced a $75 million gift to the Newhouse School, the largest donation to Syracuse University in its 150-year history and one of the largest ever to any communications school.

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About the Visual Communications Department at Newhouse The Visual Communications Department (VIS) is regarded as one of the best in the nation. Its 10 full-time faculty/staff members, complemented by a specialized adjunct force, prepare future leaders in visual storytelling industries — primarily video production, motion graphics, photography, graphic design, and immersive storytelling (AR/VR) — by introducing students to principles, theories and strategies of storytelling; practices and systems of production, distribution and exhibition; as well as the economic, political and social impact of their work on the world.

We value a global perspective and experiences, which are exemplified through The Alexia Grants and The Center for Global Engagement, both of which are run by VIS faculty members.

The Visual Communications department (VIS) is one of the most versatile in the Newhouse School. With slightly over 50 undergraduate photography majors, 60 undergraduate design majors, and 18 graduate students, its size helps foster a tight-knit community, yet is large enough to allow for a variety of collaborative projects and workshops — both in Syracuse and around the world. Our program consists of a mix of core requirements and an extensive selection of elective coursework, which empowers students to customize their programs of study. Majors also can study abroad — over 100 programs in 60 countries. VIS students annually earn national recognition of their creative work through a variety of video, photography and design competitions and film festivals.

Alumni pursue a wide variety of careers that include work as filmmakers, film editors, cinematographers, documentary photographers, visual producers, picture editors, photojournalists, commercial/advertising photographers, designers (motion graphics, UIUX, immersive design, traditional graphic design), and media educators. They are found in numerous leadership positions and often return to campus to share their knowledge.

For close to 50 years, we have also taught an array of skills to advanced photojournalists from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines through the Military Visual Journalism Program.

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Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest which includes three important areas:

  1. Teaching – The Newhouse School prides itself on the high quality of education it provides and its ability to get students job-ready Day One. Please describe your teaching interests and philosophy of how students best learn.
  2. Diversity and Inclusion – Please describe how your past experience has prepared you to contribute to the School’s and the University’s strategic commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in higher education.
  3. Research/Creative Activity - The Newhouse School values both scholarly research and creative activity. Scholarship can include peer-reviewed journal articles, grant procurement, conference presentations and book development. Creative activity can include, as examples, industry trade or consumer media/news articles, and media production, development or multimedia storytelling (photo/video, film, sound, web design, apps, scriptwriting). Please describe how your experience will help you contribute to the University and School’s commitment to research and creative initiatives.

In addition to the cover letter, applications should include : • resume/vitae, and • portfolio website URL • list of four academic or professional references with contact name, title, address, and email/phone information.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with priority consideration given to those received by November 11th. However, the department will continue to consider applications until this position is filled.

Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Employment Opportunity Employer.

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