Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Tenure-Track Faculty Discipline: Interactive Games & Media, Motion Picture Sciences Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor Employment Category: Fulltime Anticipated Start Date: 14-Aug-2019
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Detailed Job Description
The RIT School of Interactive Games and Media and the RIT School of Film and Animation, in collaboration with the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity (RIT MAGIC Center), invite candidates for multiple, college-based tenure-track positions at assistant, associate, and full professor ranks with expertise and collaborative potential in one or more of the following: experimental media-centric experiences, game development, game animation, virtual reality, digital media, 3D animation, and interactive film. These positions are being filled as a part of a strategic hire in collaboration with the MAGIC Spell Studios effort, a new public-private partnership at the university focused on growing the regional, state, and national economy through entrepreneurial and creative engagements with the digital media sector. Successful candidates are expected to contribute broadly to the goals of the MAGIC Center, as well as one or more of the academic programs in the respective colleges. Multi-disciplinary approaches are highly encouraged, and each position will be eligible for tenure in the most appropriate college while being affiliated with, but not employed by, MAGIC Spell Studios.
About the RIT MAGIC Center and MAGIC Spell Studios: The MAGIC Center is the university's multi-disciplinary hub for the exploration and production of digital media by the RIT community. It represents a conscious and deliberate effort to blur the lines between the arts and the sciences, between technology and expression, between the study of the creation of media and its impact and effect on society and the human condition. The MAGIC Center is designed to bridge the gap between research and prototyping, a common output of academia, and the ability to bring industry polish and commercial scale and support to associated projects. At the MAGIC Center, faculty, staff, student researchers, artists, and practitioners come together to create, contextualize, and apply new knowledge in a multitude of related fields and disciplines as appropriate not only to STEM, or the Arts & Humanities, but their intersection.
Founded in 2013 through the Office of the President, the RIT MAGIC Center and MAGIC Spell Studios represent a university-wide strategic effort and focus on digital media research and development across the university and in collaboration with multiple programs, departments, centers, and community efforts. The center and studio are directly intertwined to support both exploration and research in digital media with early-stage commercialization and entrepreneurially focused mentorship for the entire campus community, and report directly to the Office of the Vice President for Research. It was further designated one of 3 NY State Games Hubs' in 2016 along with RPI and NYU, with regional and state-wide opportunities and responsibilities through this network, and has already published numerous games, apps, and collaborative projects, including the first Xbox One game ever published directly by a college or university. The university has further partnered with state and community partners for the construction of the MAGIC Spell Studios building, a new $25M facility that helps provide a home for these activities at the university, opening in fall 2018. The facility contains a 7000 sq ft sound stage that qualifies for use under the NY State Film Tax Credit, a 185-seat 4K theatre, three digital media labs, a commercial incubation lab, a VR/AR/MR lab, stop-motion rooms, 2D and 3D animation classrooms, numerous other labs and facilities, as well as offices and workspaces for affiliated faculty and staff. More information about the center, the studio, and various projects and efforts therein is available at magic.rit.edu.
Required Minimum Qualifications
Terminal degree in a relevant field (PhD., MFA)
Demonstrated academic and/or commercial achievement in one or more of the following: film making, animation, digital games, simulation, cinematography, virtual or augmented reality application development, interactive media, editing, production or associated technology research pertinent to these disciplines.
Ability to contribute to economic development goals and research objectives of MAGIC Spell Studios and the RIT MAGIC Center.
Ability to contribute to curricular, research, and service opportunities in one or more of the associated schools and academic programs.
Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the universitys continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.
Required Minimum Education Level MFA, PhD
Required Application Documents Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Please submit: your curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:
A statement of teaching philosophy
The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
Statement of Diversity Contribution
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.
Additional Details The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Careers@rit.edu. RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.
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THE UNIVERSITY AND ROCHESTER COMMUNITY:RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 79th largest city in the United States and the third largest metropolitan area in New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to over one million people, is rich in cultural ...and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 16% African and Latin Americans and another 7% of international origin. It is also home to the largest deaf community per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 3rd among the best metropolitan regions for “raising a family" by Forbes Magazine; 6th among 379 metropolitan areas as “Best Places to Live in America” by Places Rated Almanac; 1st in Expansion Management Magazine’s ranking of metropolitan areas having the best “quality of life in the nation”; and is among Essence Magazine’s “Top 10 Cities for Black Families.”