Associate Professor, Visualizing Futures/Worldbuilding - ASU at Mesa City Center

School of Arts, Media and Engineering

Job description:

The School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) at Arizona State University seek a diverse pool of dynamic thinkers and creators for a joint, full-time, tenure-eligible associate professor appointment focused on visualizing futures and worldbuilding, which will play a central role in the ASU at Mesa City Center emerging media technologies center opening in fall 2022. This position will have a leadership role in the development and running of the MS in Futures and Design, a cross-disciplinary degree program focused on leveraging emerging/XR technologies and practices to imagine, analyze and create discourse/engagement around futures scenarios and alternate realities. This position will begin Fall 2022.

The primary responsibilities for this jointly appointed position will be developing and running the MS in Futures and Design and teaching in and collaborating with the other programs of ASU at Mesa City Center; these make up a cross-disciplinary trio of graduate programs bringing together researchers, designers and engineers to leverage XR technologies and practices for public impact. In addition to leading the MS in Futures and Design program, the successful candidate will be expected to develop an independently funded and collaborative research program; teach and mentor students; participate in professional and university service; engage stakeholders in the university and the community, and demonstrate national and international leadership in their field. ASU at Mesa City Center serves a community and a university that represent a broad range of racial, cultural, and other forms of diversity. We enthusiastically welcome applications from individuals of all races, cultures, nations of origin, abilities, and gender identities.

Required qualifications:

Candidates for this position must have

  • Demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrate dedication to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • A PhD or other terminal degree in a relevant field.
  • Candidates must demonstrate experience and expertise in future-focused research or practice. This could be linked to, for instance foresight, future studies, strategy, speculative design or anticipation, as well as demonstrated experience in the use of creative tools and methods in the conception and communication of imaginative futures as a means of analyzing and guiding decision-making under conditions of uncertainty. Work experience may range from speculative and provocative to more practical, community, or policy-based interventions.

Desired qualifications:

Highly-qualified candidates for this position may possess

  • Evidence of ability to inspire and instruct learners from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively in and across multiple disciplinary cultures.
  • Expertise in engaging multiple viewpoints and audiences in a variety of formats. 
  • Experience collaborating with colleagues from different disciplines to develop and grow dynamic research and academic programs.
  • Demonstrated skill in teaching and mentoring early career researchers, including graduate students and/or early career faculty.
  • Experience in one or more creative technologies or practices, including but not limited to: visual art/design, creative writing, story-telling, experience design, game design/development, media production, interactive media, 3D modeling/animation.
  • Experience using futures practices or methodologies. 
  • Demonstrated experience in working with external stakeholders and communities in a highly collaborative or co-creative manner.
  • Commitment to research, creative activity and/or scholarship that has public impact outside of the academy. This could include work related to community engagement, social justice, communication of science, cross-cultural communication or similar endeavors.
  • Experience teaching online or creating resources for education in an online environment.

Application deadline:

The application deadline is January 3, 2022. 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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Applicants may also be interested in the following positions within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts that are posted now or will be posted soon. Please consider applying to any and all positions that fit your qualifications. All applications must be submitted separately.

Instruction to apply:

Please submit:

  1. A C.V.
  2. A letter of interest/cover letter that includes a description of the applicant's research and teaching interests and addresses their potential alignment with the stated values and mission of ASU and the relevant departments.
  3. A statement addressing how the applicant’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or racial justice will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
  4. Contact information for at least 3 professional or scholarly references.
  5. Portfolio or repository of evidence related to research and creative activity. This could take the form of a website, link to cloud-based downloads (1GB maximum file size), or a simple document with links out to previous projects.

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