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Job TitleCo-Director of Innovation Lab and Associate Professor of Interactive MediaBeginsJanuary 2020About the CollegeSpelman College seeks teacher/scholars dedicated to excellence in teaching and to the continued enhancement of the academic environment for students and colleagues. Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a private four-year liberal arts college located in Atlanta, GA. The oldest historically Black college for women in the United States, Spelman is a member of the Atlanta University Center Consortium and Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education. All tenure-track candidates are expected to have a demonstrated interest in liberal arts and sciences education, contribute effectively to undergraduate teaching, assist in curriculum development, provide service to the department and College, as well as be active in scholarly, creative, and/or research productivity appropriate to a liberal arts environment.
Position SummaryThe Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College invites applications for an Innovation Lab Co-Director to begin January 2020. As Co-Director, this position reports to the Chair of the Division of the Arts. As faculty, this position reports to the Chair of the Department of Art & Visual Culture.
The Innovation Lab (IL) at Spelman College is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) makerspace for the entire Spelman community to create, experiment, play, and iterate through rapid ideation and prototyping. The lab aims to increase the infusion of leading edge technologies into the liberal arts curriculum in order to enable every student who attends Spelman to achieve a level of mastery in the use of use of 21st century technologies. The current position is an upper-level management position in this dynamic, academic unit of the College that serves students, faculty and staff. The position reports to the Division of the Arts chair and works closely with the Lab’s other Co-Director and Program Manager. The IL also works with internal and external partners to facilitate access to the resources of the IL and to coordinate, organize, and execute workshops, lectures, hack-a-thons and other student engagement programs. As the Co-Director, the successful candidate will be the primary strategist and budget officer for the Innovation Lab, alongside the other Co-Director.
The IL plans to augment and amplify its expertise and resources by establishing key academic and industry partnerships. One of the roles of the co-Director is to work with these partners to develop enriching educational experiences. Examples might include courses, hack-a-thons, internships and field experiences for students, faculty and student research opportunities, faculty development opportunities and opportunities for experts to teach at Spelman.
The IL will also work with the college’s developing interest in entrepreneurship.
The Co-Director will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the innovation curriculum. The Co-Director will identify faculty necessary to teach, keep learning outcomes up to date and identify equipment and resources necessary to delivery of the curriculum.
This tenure-track, Associate Professor appointment requires a 2/2 teaching load, as long as this position is also fulfilling the Innovation Lab Co-Director duties. Otherwise, this faculty position has a 3/3 teaching load. Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring undergraduate students primarily in the new academic major, interactive media, but also other students who are interested in taking Interactive media coursework, maintaining a well-articulated creative research/scholarship, service to the department and the college, and contributions to the overall mission of Spelman College.
ARTS@Spelman includes the departments of Art & Visual Culture, Theater & Performance, Dance Performance & Choreography, Music, the Digital Moving Image Salon, the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the Spelman College Innovation Lab. The College is planning a new innovation and arts building, which will be an interdisciplinary environment that supports and advances experimentation, collaboration, active play, research and the imaginative use of digital technologies.
Essential duties and responsibilities for Co-Directors:
●Lead the mission, vision, and strategy for the Innovation Lab.
●Serve as the primary budget officers for the Innovation Lab.
●Advise the College of the needs of the physical learning environment
●Manage and oversee the Innovation Lab Manager.
●Promote the Innovation Lab by networking with the key players in Atlanta’s Innovation and Tech scene, as well as by speaking at conferences, summits, symposia, etc.
●Identify key strategic partners
●Solicit and maintain relationships with potential industry and educational partners.
●Provide content, supervise, conduct and/or assist with conducting workshops, hack-a-thons, lectures and other events hosted by the lab (organized by the lab’s Program Manager). This includes, but is not limited to hosting the sessions and/or providing technical support for the sessions.
●Alongside the Lab Manager, the Co-Directors will collect lab usage data for end-of-year reporting. The collected data may include, but is not limited to, lab usage, project type, patron classification, majors, curriculum integration metrics and other.
●Develop, lead, manage and oversee a new academic major in Interactive Media
●Develop and teach courses in the new academic major and minor.
●Hire, supervise, and assign future faculty to new interactive media courses.
●Advise students enrolled in the new academic major and minor.
Required QualificationsCandidates must hold an MFA or higher with a specialization in interactive media, media and technology, interaction design, interactive design, human-computer interaction, ideation and prototyping, digital fabrication, creative coding, interactive storytelling, physical computing, AR/VR, and/or art and technology. Familiarity with laser cutting, 3D printing, AR/VR, physical computing and basic computer programming are particularly desirable.
The Co-Director role requires strong mechanical and digital technical skills and the ability and willingness to continuously acquire new skills as the holdings of the Lab increases. This role also requires strong management skills, excellent oral, written, verbal and time management skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks. A professional demeanor with the ability to interface with internal and external patrons and partners is essential. Independent judgment is necessary to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload with attention to detail. Leadership abilities with excellent strategic, analytical and detail oriented skills are critical to success in this role. The ability to work effectively under pressure, be proactive, demonstrate initiative, and promote teamwork is a key asset in the role.
The Co-Director role requires strong mechanical and digital technical skills and the ability and willingness to continuously acquire new skills as the holdings of the Lab increases. This role also requires strong management skills, excellent oral, written, verbal and time management skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks. A professional demeanor with the ability to interface with internal and external patrons and partners is essential. Independent judgment is necessary to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload with attention to detail. Leadership abilities with excellent strategic, analytical and detail-oriented skills are critical to success in this role. The ability to work effectively under pressure, be proactive, demonstrate initiative, and promote teamwork is a key asset in the role.
Preferred QualificationsFamiliarity with laser cutting, 3D printing, AR/VR, physical computing and basic computer programming are particularly desirable.
RankAssociate ProfessorEmployment StatusTenure TrackFull Time/Part TimeFull-time Posting Detail Information
Posting NumberF151POpen Date07/25/2019Close DateSpecial Instructions to ApplicantsEEO StatementSpelman College is an EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Title IX Employer and we participate in E-Verify. We are a smoke-free campus
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Documents Needed To ApplyRequired Documents
- Cover Letter of Interest
- Curriculum Vitae
- Teaching Philosophy
- Sample Syllabus
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