Digital Media & Design, University of Connecticut

Position ID:UConn-DigitalMedia&Design-2017215 [#8625, 2017215]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Residence Web and Mobile Design and Development
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Digital Media & Design / Web Design & Development, Interaction Design
Appl Deadline: (posted 2016/11/23)
Position Description:    

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Assistant Professor in Residence Web and Mobile Design and Development


The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/) and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (http://issuu.com/uconnprovost/docs/academic-plan-single-hi-optimized_1).  As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years.  We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for faculty positions in the Department of Digital Media and Design. Digital Media and Design is a fast-paced interdisciplinary department within the School of Fine Arts, comprised of 380 undergraduate students, 15 graduate students, and 19 faculty members.

This position is a full-time, nine-month non-tenure track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in Residence in the area of Web and Mobile Design and Development.  The position starts on August 23, 2017 and is renewable on an annual basis.

The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses with a creative focus on Web Design and Development, Interaction Design, Scripting, and Mobile Application Development. Some of these courses may include “Introduction to Web Design,” “Advanced Web Design,” “Introduction to Mobile Application Development,” “Advanced Mobile Application Development,” as well as additional courses that the candidate develops in her/his area of specialty.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research & scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, performances & exhibits (in disciplines where applicable), national recognition as through honorific awards.  In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Additionally, the successful candidate will advise undergraduate and graduate students in the Web and Interactive Design concentration. The incumbent will also support faculty collaborations conducted through the Digital Media Center, which drives innovation in the commercial space for purposes of business communications, marketing, branding, advertising and entertainment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BFA, BA or BS in Art, Digital Media, Web Design & Development, Computer Science, or other related fields. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  • Professional experience in Web Design and Development;
  • Experience with Search Engine Optimization;
  • Experience with Git/GitHub or similar source code versioning tools;
  • Experience with web design/development technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, backend web development languages, databases, and emerging technologies;
  • Experience with the effective integration of social media and analytics tools and techniques;
  • A strong digital portfolio demonstrating ideation, design, and final project implementation in the field of interactive design with significant professional web and interaction design experience;
  • Demonstrated comfort with the Adobe Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, AfterEffects, etc;
  • Demonstrated professional expertise designing dynamic and engaging screen-based experiences, mobile applications, web sites, web applications, and/or digital kiosks.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MA, MFA, or PhD in Art, Animation, Digital Media or other appropriate fields.
  • Experience with one or more of the major mobile programming languages such as:  Swift, Objective-C, and/or Java -- experience with cross-platform mobile development is also desirable;
  • Experience with modern techniques in web development: LESS/Sass, containerized development, devops techniques, and emerging frameworks (AngularJS, React, etc.);
  • Fluency in one or more backend web development language: PHP, Ruby, Perl, Python, etc.;
  • Knowledge of the complete interactive design process including conceptualization, wireframes, flow charts, prototyping, user testing, analytics, and project management;
  • The ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience through innovative research, teaching, and public engagement;
  • A record of teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate/graduate level.

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, nine (9)-month, non-tenure track appointment. Salary is competitive and based on qualifications and professional experience. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the UConn Storrs campus; however, faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload.

To Apply

Select “Apply” and submit the following materials via Academic Jobs Online: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); sample digital portfolio/work, code samples (GitHub Profile, hosted works, etc.), and journal articles or books. Three letters of reference should be sent to: Faculty Search Committee, Search # 2017215, 1 Bishop Circle, Storrs, CT 06269 or e-mailed to Stacy.Webb@uconn.edu.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2017215)

For more information regarding the Department of Digital Media and Design please visit the department website at http://dmd.uconn.edu.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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Further Info:
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University of Connecticut
Digital Media
368 Fairfield Road
Unit 2141
Storrs, CT 06269-2142

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