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Assistant Professor of Emerging Media, Design, and Development

Ball State University

Last Updated: 9/22/22

Job Description

The School of Journalism and Strategic Communication invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development available August 2022. The teaching emphasis will be in user-centered experience design, interaction design, graphic design and web design and development.

The Center for Emerging Media Design and Development is Ball State’s interdisciplinary storytelling lab that combines human-computer interaction, usability and user experience, design thinking, and transmedia storytelling to develop innovative strategic communication projects. An in-person and hybrid-online master’s degree program and an undergraduate minor bring students from across disciplines to work collaboratively with diverse university units and their communities. Faculty research interdisciplinary topics in usability and user experience, virtual and augmented reality, prosocial communication, and socially-concerned storytelling both individually and cooperatively through the School’s Unified Research Lab. The ACEJMC-accredited School of Journalism and Strategic Communication at Ball State University offers undergraduate majors in strategic communication: advertising, strategic communication: public relations and journalism with concentrations in photojournalism, magazine media, news writing and reporting as well as graduate programs in journalism, public relations and emerging media design and development. The School is also home to the new Unified Research Lab where faculty and graduate students collaborate on research which focuses on research in eye tracking, virtual reality, psychophysiology, and gaming studies.

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate should have the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in user experience design, usability and user experience research methods, web design, data visualization, interaction design, graphic design, and /or design thinking. The successful candidate should also be proficient in front-end web and mobile design. Knowledge of coding languages is also preferred. Teaching and advising requirements exist at multiple locations.

Minimum Qualifications:

ABD in user experience design, human-computer interaction, media informatics, information systems, computer science, visual communication or related field from an accredited institution by date of appointment; PhD from an accredited institution required within one year of appointment.
OR
MFA in user experience design, human-computer interaction, media informatics, information systems, computer science, visual communication or related field from an accredited institution.

Employer will consider sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. or MFA in user experience design, human-computer interaction, media informatics, information systems, computer science, visual communication or other related field from an accredited institution by date of appointment; one year of professional experience in human-computer interaction, project design and client management, human-centered experience design, strategic communication or a related field; graduate-level teaching experience; record of creative endeavors with successful peer review or a scholarly research record with corresponding publications.

Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/29542. Include the following documents with your application: curriculum vitae and cover letter addressed to Jennifer Palilonis. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through March 31, 2022.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit: https://cms.bsu.edu/About/AdministrativeOffices/HumanResources/Jobs/Benefits-and-Community/Faculty

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.



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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...