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The Moody College of Communication and The University of Texas at Austin seek a visionary leader to serve as the Founding Director of the new Center for Interactive & Immersive Media (CIIM), to be appointed at the rank of tenured associate or full professor (with possible endowment support), beginning in the Summer or Fall 2018.

For the last decade, UT Austin’s Moody College of Communication has actively pursued diverse scholarly and creative initiatives related to interactive media and immersive media, which have led to continuous innovations in many of its programs including film and media production, journalism, advertising, organizational communication and technology, and health communication. By leveraging the College’s existing expertise in interactive design and media, immersive media technology (including virtual and augmented reality), 3D production, experiential storytelling, and social science research, and by partnering with programs and faculty throughout campus, CIIM will aim to transform both pedagogy and practice, creating new and innovative applications of next generation immersive technologies through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Reporting directly to Dean Jay Bernhardt of the Moody College of Communication, the new Director will be charged with providing an innovative and inclusive vision for CIIM as a shared strategic resource for interactive and immersive media partners, both on and off campus. CIIM will provide a world class interdisciplinary research infrastructure, bringing together scholars, practitioners, production professionals, and students in support of collaborative research efforts from a wide array of disciplines across UT Austin’s campus, as well with industry and the federal government through partnerships forged by shared interests and projects. The Director will be responsible for elevating the center’s presence on campus, making CIIM a natural partner for many researchers and creative professionals, leading to increased extramural research support.

The new Director will have an academic appointment as a tenured Associate or Full Professor in one or more of Moody College’s academic units most relevant to his/her area of area of research/expertise. For more information, please visit moody.utexas.edu.

Experience / Skills

To be eligible for such an appointment, the successful applicant must, at a minimum, have a bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of academic and/or professional experience. A graduate degree such as an M.F.A. or Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a relevant field is preferred, but not required. Preference will be given to candidates with prior administrative experience in academia, as well as an outstanding record of scholarly research and/or professional accomplishment in one or more of the following CIIM areas: interactive media, immersive media, gaming, technology communication, human computer interaction, multi-media studies, or other relevant fields.

The successful candidate will also have (1) demonstrated experience in fostering collaboration and building consensus amongst colleagues in an academic setting, (2) a demonstrated ability developing collaborative partnerships with industry; and (3) a successful record of receiving external financial support and/or managing externally funded research, as well developing plans to secure future funding.

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The University of Texas at Austin and the Moody College of Communication has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this Director. Applicants are invited to email a PDF containing a brief letter describing their interest and qualifications and curriculum vitae/resume to: jennifer.rumain@opuspartners.net. Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Applications received by October 31, 2017 will receive full consideration. UT policy requires that a background check be conducted on the selected candidate. All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants through the search process.

The Moody College of Communication is committed to achieving diversity in its faculty, students, and curriculum, and it strongly encourages applicants who can help achieve these objectives.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. UT Austin is a tobacco-free campus; for more information visit www.utexas.edu.

About The University of Texas at Austin, Moody College of Communication

Established in 1965, with departmental roots reaching back to 1899, the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest and most comprehensive communication colleges in the country. The College was officially named the Moody College of Communication in November 2013, following a historic and transformational $50 million gift from the Moody Foundation. Combined with the College’s previous endowments, the Moody Foundation gift created the largest endowment for the study of communication at any public university in the nation.

The Moody College is comprised of five departments/schools: Advertising and Public Relations; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Communication Studies; Journalism; and Radio Television-Film. Moody faculty include nationally recognized teachers and scholars who conduct leading-edge research and are renowned for their accomplishments. Each of the College’s programs ranks highly in various publications and creative works, often within the top 10 programs in its respective field, setting standards for the entire communications industry.

Moody maintains deep connections to the various industries it represents through its diverse faculty, strong alumni base, and industry partnerships. Its newest building, the Belo Center for New Media, opened in 2012 and builds on these strengths, while also promoting new models for communication research and education for the 21st century.