Faculty Position in Digital Writing and New Media Production

Rochester Institute of Technology¨College of Liberal Arts
Position Title: Instructional Faculty
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Faculty Type: Tenure Track
Department: English
Requisition: 1324BR
Application Deadline: November 8, 2014
Anticipated Start Date: August 14, 2015

Situated within a vibrant technological university, the English Department seeks a scholar in digital writing and new media production for a tenure-track position. Qualifications: Ph.D. or MFA in English or related field in Digital Humanities at time of appointment, evidence of outstanding college teaching, including the production of and experience using creative or critical digital projects in the classroom. Candidates should also have a developing research agenda and publication record. The candidate will specialize in one or more of the following: hypertext poetry and/or prose, interactive fiction, digital storytelling, game studies, or locative narrative, as well as having experience teaching with visual media such as film, television, and graphic art. We seek candidates who approach their subject matter using cross-disciplinary perspectives. Teaching assignments include digital writing courses, visual media, and literature as well as general education offerings, with opportunities to develop courses in areas of specialization. The teaching load for new faculty is 2/3. Applicants should demonstrate a fit with our departmental commitment to collaborate with colleagues across the university on curricular and research initiatives. We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to Student Centeredness; Professional Development and Scholarship; Integrity and Ethics; Respect, Diversity and Pluralism; Innovation and Flexibility; and Teamwork and Collaboration.Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and diversity commitment.

● PhD or MFA in English or related field in Digital Humanities
● Specialization in digital writing and new media (hypertext poetry and/or prose, interactive fiction, digital storytelling, game studies, or locative narrative)
● Evidence of college teaching experience, including the production of creative or critical digital projects in the classroom and having experience teaching with visual media such as film, television, and graphic art
● Developing research agenda and publication record
● The applicant should demonstrate a fit with our departmental commitment to collaborate with colleagues across the university on curricular and research initiatives
● Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

The English Department offers a wide range of courses in the faculty’s areas of expertise in Creative Writing, Digital Humanities, Language Science and Computational Linguistics, and Global Media. Department faculty invite students to explore literary texts, digital artifacts, games and other emerging media, with courses ranging from Text and Code, Storytelling across Media, Games and Literature, Global Cinemas, and Graphic Novel. Creative Writing faculty teach digital and traditional workshops in poetry, nonfiction, short fiction and genre prose, including fantasy and speculative fiction. Literature faculty teach courses in contemporary literature and world literature, including Russian, Caribbean, and Iranian literature. Linguistics faculty teach introductions to language science and natural language processing, and courses in Language Technology and advanced linguistic topics. English faculty have been instrumental in the development of an undergraduate degree program in the digital humanities, which would be among the first of its kind in the nation. The College of Liberal Arts is one of nine colleges within Rochester Institute of Technology. The College has over 150 faculty in 12 departments in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The College currently offers twelve undergraduate degree programs and five Master degrees, serving over 800 students. Undergraduate degrees include Advertising and Public Relations; Criminal Justice; Economics; International Studies; Journalism; Museum Studies, Professional and Technical Communication; Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy; and Urban and Community Studies. The graduate degrees are in Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology (Experimental Psychology); Communication and Media Technologies; School Psychology; Criminal Justice; and Science, Technology, and Public Policy.

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 a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. 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” byForbes†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.”

Apply online at http://careers.rit.edu/faculty. Search: 1324BR. Please submit your cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; a vita; brief statement of teaching philosophy; writing sample/portfolio; contribution to Diversity Statement; and the names, addresses and phone numbers for three references.

Dr. John Roche, Chair, Search Committee, Department of English, Rochester Institute of Technology, jfrgla@rit.edu.

The application deadline is November 8th, 2014.

The committee will be conducting initial interviews on Skype or at MLA in January 2015. 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 orientations, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.


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