Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, Emergent Digital Practices

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Emergent Digital Practices program (EDP) is a groundbreaking fusion of digital art, design, culture, and technology focused on building a better world.  Our visionary work combines creative making and critical thinking. Our faculty and students seek to better understand emerging technologies and their impacts on cultures and ecologies. We use those technologies in a hands-on, collaborative environment to contribute to more meaningful and equitable communities. Our faculty and students bring together inclusive digital design, electronic and new media arts and technology, and creative coding to contribute to our investigations of culture and society, the arts and sciences, media philosophy, science fiction, trans-global politics, and social justice.

For more information about the program, see The Emergent Digital Practices Program and the University of Denver are strongly committed to building an inclusive and diverse educational environment. Candidates must show a commitment to diversity and inclusion through the incorporation of ethnically and racially diverse content in their courses. We are looking for someone who can work effectively with ethnically/racially diverse populations and bring a multicultural perspective to our program and students.

Position Summary

The Emergent Digital Practices program is accepting applications for one non-tenure track, one-year Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor (VTAP) in Emergent Digital Practices to begin fall 2021. The University of Denver operates on a quarter system with classes beginning September 13th and ending on June 9th. EDP especially encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and veterans.

We seek an artist/scholar who is creatively and critically engaged in the practices and discourses of New Media. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for excellent teaching and will have a creative practice utilizing digital tools. We are looking for candidates with capabilities to teach our foundations courses in: Digital Imaging (raster, vector) and Time-based Media. In addition, candidates may need to teach a cultural/critical class (broadly defined as the history, aesthetics, and theory of various making subcultures in the digital realm) to majors and students across the University.

Essential Functions

  • Teach eight courses in the Emergent Digital Practices Program over three 10-week quarters, including up to six sections in our foundation sequence.
  • The VTAP would also teach one or more sections of upper division studio classes within their area of specialty, including digital cultures courses (broadly defined as history, art, internet, and other subcultures in the digital realm).
  • The successful applicant will be required to teach at multiple levels of a curriculum that includes a BA, BFA, MA, and MFA.
  • Classes on campus are taught in well-equipped Mac studios and several state-of-the-art creative and performative spaces.
  • Candidates should also be prepared to teach classes online if required by the University’s health guidelines.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding of relevant cultural issues and demonstrate, through their portfolio of works, an understanding of and experience creating with a range of digital tools.
  • Our Foundation courses have adopted Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Audacity, P5.js and other accessible and open source tools.
  • For upper division classes the candidate’s professional work should reflect experience in the topics of focus for the course.
  • Candidates should be able to effectively integrate diverse and inclusive perspectives into their courses.

Required Qualifications

  • MFA/PhD/MPS or equivalent terminal degree at time of appointment.
  • A professional creative practice utilizing digital tools or equivalent professional experience with a teaching background and a professional creative practice utilizing digital tools.
  • Candidate must be able to teach in more than one of the foundational areas, using the adopted digital tools of EDP.
  • Candidate must be able to teach classes that focus on cultural aspects of digital technology.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A professional creative practice utilizing digital tools.
  • Previous experience teaching one or more topics listed in this job posting.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by June 21, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $48,000 - $50,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV 
  2. Cover letter which includes the candidate’s forward-looking vision about how their practice/research complements the existing EDP program.
  3. Teaching statement: May include evidence of teaching excellence (such as a sample syllabus, a portfolio of teaching outcomes/student work, summary of course or peer evaluations, etc). Please combine all documents into one PDF document.
  4. Research/creative work statement with links to sample(s) of work.
  5. 1-2 page statement in which the candidate speaks about his/her experience with and commitment to Inclusive Excellence (see DU’s statement at:

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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