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Head of Innovative Media Studios

Virginia Commonwealth University

Posted on November 22, 2019

2 - 3 years Qatar - Qatar

Bachelor of Arts(Other). Any Nationality

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VCUarts offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in design, fine and performing arts, art history, and art education, with a unique emphasis on creative immersion. Far more than receiving simply an education or preparation for a career; students leave VCUarts with the practical, professional and personal skills needed to make a life in the arts, no matter how they define it. That is why VCUarts programs emphasize both doing and knowing: why the majority of its faculty are working artists, designers, scholars, and performers and why they encourage students to take advantage of the many academic and intellectual opportunities that come with being part of a research university. Today, VCUarts graduates can be found throughout the academic and professional fields and have been recognized with everything from Emmys to MacArthur Fellowships.
VCUarts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Virginia Department of Education, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education.
VCUarts and VCUarts Qatar are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural and inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from all racial/ethnic, gender and social identities.
The school includes more than 3,000 students, and has become known as a pillar of artistic creation and expression. Its emerging artists explore their potential and strive for high standards set by faculty members acknowledged for their inspiration and achievement.
Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal
VCUarts Qatar (http://www.qatar.vcu.edu/) seeks a Head of Innovative Media Studios. Established in 2010, (https://www.qatar.vcu.edu/library/services/innovative-media-studios-ims), the Innovative Media Studios support the creative production of students and faculty in all of the school s programs and majors. The studios are comprised of a Green Screen production studio, a photography studio, an editing suite, an acoustics room, and a virtual reality station. The studios also support a large and expanding inventory of photography and video equipment. The successful candidate will be a critically-engaged practitioner whose work advances the creative and critical possibilities of time-based and emergent media forms. Areas of emphasis might include, but are not limited to: time-based media, virtual reality, augmented reality, and/or physical computing. We are looking for a candidate with demonstrated teaching abilities and a commitment to the art and design context. The successful candidate will provide leadership and vision for the Innovative Media Studios, teach a 1-1 course load, and engage in creative practice and/or scholarly research that speaks to their own areas of interest. Our ideal candidate will have experience applying innovative media proficiencies to interdisciplinary applications.
Position Responsibilities
Leadership and vision for a media studio that supports computational-based, interdisciplinary design investigation through video, photography, and interactive experiences in areas that could include virtual reality, augmented reality and/or physical computing;
Develop and teach courses on topics relevant to areas of expertise, with a willingness to teach courses across the academic departments. Courses may be taught at the undergraduate and/or graduate level;
Teach 1-1 course load in ARTS topics or other elective course areas;
Facilitate the development and support of interactive media resources and instruction across an art and design curriculum;
Ability to develop a holistic programmatic initiative through which to include workshops, demonstrations, tutorials, community outreach, research collaborations and entrepreneurial engagements;
Expand the scope of the IMS services to build immersive environments using virtual and augmented reality technologies, which will provide unique possibilities for innovative teaching and research;
Provide individual technical and instructional support for students and faculty in the six undergraduate programs and the MFA Design Studies program;
Supervise IMS technician who oversees day-to-day operational aspects of the IMS;
Responsible for generating reports on the IMS including, but not limited to, usage statistics and annual activities.
Required Qualifications
A master s degree in art/design/interactive media and demonstrable, relevant technical experience in time-based media, virtual reality, augmented reality and/or physical computing;
Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, with a minimum of two (2) years experience teaching at an undergraduate and/or graduate level English-language university setting is required;
A record of creative and/or artistic achievement;
An ability to think across academic disciplines;
A demonstrated commitment to university service;
An ability to design courses relevant to art and design students at the undergraduate and graduate level;
Ability to stay abreast of emergent developments in equipment, hardware and software;
A thorough understanding and ability to provide tutoring with key software packages that may include Unity, Arduino and relevant Adobe packages;
Ability to quickly pick up and learn new software or hardware skills as needed;
An independent ability to install and maintain all equipment, and install, configure and troubleshoot software;
Excellent communication skills to work with faculty, students, staff, vendors and service providers;
Ability to work with a diverse team in a fast-paced environment;
Enthusiasm and the ability to thrive in an atmosphere of constant change.
Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities;
Excellent time management skills, ability to multitask and work to tight deadlines;
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCUarts Qatar.

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