Job # 076058
Job Title Assistant Professor - Visual Communications (Area: Interactive
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
FLSA Status Exempt
As determined by department chair and senior associate dean
Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University
invites applicants to apply for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in
the Visual Communications (VIS) department to begin August 21, 2023. The
successful candidate will primarily teach interactive design, user experience
design, human-centered design, as well as foundational design theories and
practice. Expertise in designing Voice User Interfaces and/or Extended Reality
The successful candidate must demonstrate the potential to engage ambitious
undergraduate, graduate and military program students in one of the preeminent
visual communications programs in the country. The ideal candidate should
specialize in at least one of the following areas:
- User Experience Research
- User Interface Design
- Immersive Design: Extended Reality
- Designing beyond screen interactions
- Voice User Interfaces
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate potential for conducting
academic scholarship or producing industry-related creative activity that will
position the hire as a well-known expert in the field. Participation in
service and committee work for the department, the Newhouse School, and
Syracuse University is expected.
A master's degree or higher is preferred. Candidates must have significant
professional experience in the practice of design as a product designer,
design researcher, UX designer, interaction designer, experience designer, or
information designer. They should also have knowledge and practice of
accessible and inclusive design practices. Previous teaching experience is a
plus, but not required.
The successful candidate will share in Newhouse's commitment to diversity,
equity, inclusion and accessibility.
Job Specific Qualifications
Candidates should demonstrate their ability to instruct others by drawing upon
their experience with current industry technologies and equipment utilized by
professionals. Being versed in current technological trends as well as being a
problem solver and a good team player are essential, as one of the key values
and strengths of the school lies in collaboration and interdisciplinary praxis
for students and faculty.
The candidate should demonstrate an ability to bring a forward-thinking
philosophy to the design program. This hire should also be willing to explore,
innovate and potentially teach with experimental and emerging platforms.
Courses the faculty member would teach range from: basic, intermediate and
advanced design courses for our undergraduate and graduate programs to basic
and advanced courses for our military students; as well as other topics that
reflect evolving practices in the design industry.
The VIS department highly values designing for social good in and out of the
classroom curriculum. Top candidates will have ideas how to best augment this
for the various VIS programs and its student populations.
In addition to an academic year teaching load and pursuing a research/creative
agenda that brings national visibility to the school, this faculty member will
also engage in a variety of service duties, including academic and career
advising of undergraduate and graduate students, school and university
committee service, departmental curriculum development and assessment, and
community/industry outreach such as the department's Pixels & Print Design
About the Newhouse School
Widely regarded as the nation's leading school of communications, the S.I.
Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is home to
approximately 2,000 undergraduates, 200 residential master's degree students,
200 online master's degree students and 15 doctoral degree students. They are
among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a
highly competitive admissions process. The typical admitted first-year student
has a 3.8 GPA and an SAT score in the 1300s
The school's 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge
learning environment where students are exposed to the tools and technologies
used by professionals in the field. Features include Dick Clark Studios, a
high-tech entertainment production facility that rivals many Hollywood
studios; the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center, complete with a
contemporary news set, a green screen, state-of-the-art lighting systems and
cameras; the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, a creative hub where
Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest
media technology and programming trends; the Emerging Insights Lab, a state-
of-the-art social media command center; and the Collaborative Media Room, home
the student-produced multimedia news site, The NewsHouse.
In January 2020, the S.I. Newhouse Foundation announced a $75 million gift to
the Newhouse School, the largest donation to Syracuse University in its
150-year history and one of the largest ever to any communications school.
To learn more about the Newhouse School, visit https: // newhouse.syr.edu.
About the Visual Communications Department
The Visual Communications Department (VIS) is regarded as one of the best in
the nation. Its 10 full-time faculty/staff members, complemented by a
specialized adjunct force, prepare future leaders in visual storytelling
industries — primarily video production, motion graphics, photography, graphic
design, and immersive storytelling (AR/VR) — by introducing students to
principles, theories and strategies of storytelling; practices and systems of
production, distribution and exhibition; as well as the economic, political
and social impact of their work on the world.
We value a global perspective and experiences, which are exemplified through
The Alexia Grants and The Center for Global Engagement, both of which are run
by VIS faculty members.
The Visual Communications department (VIS) is one of the most versatile in
the Newhouse School. With slightly over 50 undergraduate photography majors,
60 undergraduate design majors, and 18 graduate students, its size helps
foster a tight-knit community, yet is large enough to allow for a variety of
collaborative projects and workshops — both in Syracuse and around the world.
Our program consists of a mix of core requirements and an extensive selection
of elective coursework, which empowers students to customize their programs of
study. Majors also can study abroad — over 100 programs in 60 countries. VIS
students annually earn national recognition of their creative work through a
variety of video, photography and design competitions and film festivals.
Alumni pursue a wide variety of careers that include work as filmmakers, film
editors, cinematographers, documentary photographers, visual producers,
picture editors, photojournalists, commercial/advertising photographers,
designers (motion graphics, UIUX, immersive design, traditional graphic
design), and media educators. They are found in numerous leadership positions
and often return to campus to share their knowledge.
For close to 50 years, we have also taught an array of skills to advanced
photojournalists from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines through the
Military Visual Journalism Program.
To learn more about the Visual Communications department, please visit:
Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest which includes three
1. Teaching – The Newhouse School prides itself on the high quality of
education it provides and its ability to get students job-ready Day One.
Please describe your teaching interests and philosophy of how students best
2. Diversity and Inclusion – Please describe how your past experience has
prepared you to contribute to the School's and the University's strategic
commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in higher
3. Research/Creative Activity - The Newhouse School values both
scholarly research and creative activity. Scholarship can include peer-
reviewed journal articles, grant procurement, conference presentations and
book development. Creative activity can include, as examples, industry trade
or consumer media/news articles, and media production, development or
multimedia storytelling (photo/video, film, sound, web design, apps,
scriptwriting). Please describe how your experience will help you contribute
to the University and School's commitment to research and creative
In addition to the cover letter, applications should include :
resume/vitae, and cover letter
portfolio website URL
list of four academic or professional references with contact name, title,
address, and email/phone information.
Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with priority consideration given
to those received by November 30th. However, the department will continue
to consider applications until this position is filled.
The Newhouse School encourages candidates to apply who will help us broaden
the diversity of our faculty. Syracuse University is an Affirmative
Action/Employment Opportunity Employer and has a long history of engaging
veterans and the military- connected community through its educational
programs, community outreach, and employment program.
About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with
distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit.
Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint,
and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential
The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering
history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors
offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and
5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160
countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries.
For more information, please visit www. syracuse.edu.
About the Syracuse area
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York
State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area
population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living
and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks,
museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping
venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal
recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking
in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the
Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.
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the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions,
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Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans
Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-
connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and
employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more
than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally
transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is
today. The University's contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this
historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on
making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of
veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the
employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve,
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values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At
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appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of
people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds,
religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities,
sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to
promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity
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Job Posting Date 10/22/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration 12/31/2022
Job Category Faculty
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