Job: Open-rank faculty position in Visual Narrative at North Carolina State University

Cluster Hire in Visual Narrative (Assistant/Associate/Full professor)

As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University (NCSU) seeks to fill an open-rank tenure track faculty position to provide key leadership in computer games research. We seek innovative and transformative academic leaders whose scholarship will advance NC State’s position as one of the premier universities of its kind. The successful candidate will build on a nationally leading, campus-wide strength in games research and will establish a vigorous research and teaching program in the science of computer games, emphasizing applications relevant to the generation or analysis of game play supporting the broad context of narrative and its visual presentation. The successful senior candidate is expected to be recognized as a pioneering leader in the development of new approaches to game-related technologies within the broad framework of visual narrative. The successful junior candidate will demonstrate strong potential for such leadership.

The Visual Narrative cluster aims to push the shared frontiers of engineering and humanistic research to set a new agenda for advanced multimodal scholarship, opening research pathways in image analytics, historical visualization, immersive experience, and computer games. Collectively, the cluster merges its research into new critical narratives about visuality and its digital transformations. It aims to broadly impact our notions of media through its interdisciplinary work and to prepare innovative applications of visual narrative for the emerging challenges of research and human communication in our mediated world. Additional information about the Visual Narrative Initiative at NC State can be found at http://visualnarrative.ncsu.edu.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in computer science, or other relevant field from an accredited institution. The candidates should have a strong capacity to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including the capacity to mentor doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Priority will be given to candidates that have demonstrated interdisciplinary collaborations that cut across academic units. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus university goals. The University is particularly interested in candidates with experience in working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants should submit the following materials online at http://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/59804 (reference position number 00105191): cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, a one-page statement describing your approaches to interdisciplinary work and to collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, and names and complete contact information of four references, including email addresses and phone numbers. A comprehensive review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The target start date is August 2016; however, a mutually beneficial time may be negotiated. Questions about the position may be directed to visualnarrative@ncsu.edu.

The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program is bringing some of the best and brightest minds to join NC State University’s interdisciplinary efforts to solve some of the globe’s most significant problems. Guided by a strong strategic plan and an aggressive vision, the cluster-hiring program is adding new faculty members in select fields to add more breadth and depth to NC State’s already-strong efforts. The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program marks a major initiative of the university’s strategic plan, “The Pathway to the Future.” NC State will soon complete its first cohort of twelve clusters with 41 hires to date. This success led to a commitment to establish eight new clusters consisting of 33 additional interdisciplinary faculty hires. We invite you to explore more information about the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program and this cluster at http://ncsu.edu/workthatmatters.

The NCSU Computer Science Department is one of the largest and oldest in the country. It is part of NCSU’s College of Engineering, which has recently received significant increases in private and public funding, faculty positions, and facilities that will assist the Department in achieving its goals. The department’s research expenditures and recognition are growing steadily. For example, we have one of the largest concentrations in the country of prestigious NSF Early Career Award winners (total of 23). The department’s undergraduate concentration in game development has been ranked by Princeton Review as the 5th strongest public game development program in North America in 2013. Founded in 1887, North Carolina State University is a land-grant institution distinguished by its exceptional quality of research, teaching, extension, and public service. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC State is the largest university in the state, with more than 34,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff. National rankings consistently rate Raleigh and its surrounding region among the five best places in the country to live and work, with a highly educated workforce, moderate weather, reasonable cost of living, and a welcoming environment. A collaborative, supportive environment for business and innovation and research collaborations with area universities and the Research Triangle Park are compelling reasons for relocation to the area. Our faculty regularly engage in teaching and research activities with the vibrant North Carolina games industry, including over 40 games companies ranging from industry leaders like Electronic Arts, Epic Games and Ubisoft to serious games studios like Lockheed Martin’s Virtual Worlds Lab and Virtual Heroes, Inc.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application process please call (919) 515-3148.

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