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Assistant Professor, Immersive and Interactive Media – Columbia College Chicago – Chicago, IL

Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, IL

  • Full Time

Columbia College Chicago

The Interactive Arts and Media Department of Columbia College Chicago seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty position in Immersive and Interactive Media with a focus on Extended Reality (XR) beginning August 2019. Successful candidates will demonstrate technical and critical expertise in their field, matched by a vibrant, complementary practice that directly contributes to the broader portfolio of applied media research and related civic tech initiatives in the School of Media Arts. The department serves as a research and development hub for the School, connecting emerging media forms to other areas of scholarly inquiry and practice, including film, television, audio arts and journalism. We are interested in candidates who can further the cross-industrial application of new technologies, and develop new applied practices that connect the liberal and creative arts, media, design, technology, programming and information science. We are looking for creative technologists, well-versed in crafting around intention.

Ideal candidates will have produced immersive media experiences that demonstrate the ability to leverage cutting-edge production technologies and design approaches. For this position we define immersive media to include software-driven, interactive experiences like real-time 3D, VR/AR, immersive video and audio, and location-based or location-aware content. Candidates must demonstrate substantive creative and collaborative work in any of the contributing creative media disciplines that may inform XR moving ahead. Candidates are also encouraged to emphasize any work in the areas of civic media or mission-driven content.

The candidate must exhibit excellent teaching and scholarly credentials and be passionate about undergraduate and graduate education. Intellectual curiosity, an ability to communicate and work well in teams, and an understanding of team production methodologies is essential. The candidate must have a proven track record of collaborative development and prototyping, successfully led projects with community, industry or research partners, and mentored student design teams where applicable. Of particular interest are those with proven leadership skills and experience in curriculum development.

The Interactive Arts and Media Department is one of four departments in the School of Media Arts, which includes Audio Arts and Acoustics, Cinema and Television Arts, and Communication. As a metropolitan campus with deep connections to Chicago’s diverse media and information landscape, faculty and students in the School of Media Arts are part of a connected city-wide learning laboratory that prepares them to be empowered voices, deeply skilled artists and cultural producers, and leaders in the future of our collective media industries.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teach at the undergraduate and graduate level in areas assigned by the Department Chair.
  • Engage with the broader scholarly and professional communities.
  • Supervise and advise students.
  • Contribute to the development, planning and implementation of a high-quality curriculum.
  • Commit to continuing professional development.
  • Actively follow and promote Columbia College Chicago policies.


  • MFA or other terminal degree in computer science, digital media, human computer interaction, computational media or other relevant field with related certification.
  • Professional experience and college teaching experience are highly desirable where applicable.

To apply for this position, submit the following materials:
  • A letter outlining the applicant’s background, qualifications, and vision for the position.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without prior consultation with the applicant.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About the College
Columbia College Chicago is a private not-for-profit college for creatives serving nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in downtown Chicago’s South Loop, the College is centered in one of the world’s most lively urban cultural areas. Its many competitive advantages include its strong reputation in the creative industries, outstanding faculty and passionate students, impressive technological and physical resources, and a sincere commitment to bringing diverse voices and experiences into close proximity with each other to shape new forms of creative practice.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.

At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

Additional Information
Position subject to a background screening.
This is a non-union position.
This position is overtime exempt.

Columbia College Chicago actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as vitally important to its present and future success. These principles are essential to the educational experiences of our students, staff, and faculty. We seek faculty with a demonstrated ability to work with students from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds, and whose creative, scholarly and/or professional work aligns with our commitment to dismantling systems of privilege and oppression. Each of the individuals hired, along with holding faculty rank in their respective departments, is expected to advance the College’s DEI mission. For more information on the office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion please visit:

Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

Primary Location
: United States-Illinois-Chicago

: Faculty

: Full-time

: Day Job

Job Type
: Standard

Job Level
: Manager without Direct Reports

: No


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Assistant Professor, Immersive and Interactive Media – Columbia College Chicago – Chicago, IL

Columbia College Chicago job in Chicago, IL

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