Assistant/Associate Professor of Visualization

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 8:00pm


 APPOINTMENT: 1.0 FTE, 9-month, tenure track

 POSITION:  The School of Arts and Communication (SAC) invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Visualization in the New Media Communications (NMC) program.  NMC is seeking a candidate capable of developing an undergraduate concentration in Visualization. Responsibilities include the design and teaching of new classes in visualization as well as broader programmatic development. The candidate is also expected to continue their research and/or creative activities within Visualization. Areas of interest within Visualization include scientific or data visualization, new visualization technologies or approaches, and interactive media.

 The position is a 1.0 FTE, 9-month appointment.  Salary and benefits are competitive. The tenure line will be in the School of Arts and Communication with a home in New Media Communications.

 New Media Communications focuses on historical patterns and current trends and future developments in media, the fundamentals of content creation, technological skills, knowledge of media and society, and media business acumen to produce tomorrow's media leaders. The NMC program offers BS, BA, and BFA degrees in Digital Communication Arts.  All students explore media technology, media law and policy, and the social impact of media. Students commonly take courses from other units of the School, particularly Speech Communication and Art.  NMC also provides students a foundation in production practices for good storytelling in an age of changing digital technologies.

 The School of Arts and Communication includes programs in Art, Music, New Media Communications, Speech Communication, and Theatre.  SAC is one of six schools in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.  Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.

 Oregon State University’s commitment to student success includes hiring, retaining, and developing diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation.  Our Strategic Plan ( articulates the strategies we believe critical to advancing and equalizing student success.  As part of this commitment, OSU has established a hiring initiative that is designed to support these strategies.  In alignment with this initiative, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) seeks to fill this position in New Media Communications. The School of Arts and Communication is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to student success and to improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students.

LOCATION: This job is based on-campus at Oregon State University, in Corvallis, Oregon.   

 40% TEACHING AND MENTORING EXPECTATIONS:  The typical teaching load across three academic quarters is six courses, including introductory as well as upper division classes that contribute to the Digital Communication Arts major. Specifically, this faculty member will be responsible for creating and teaching courses in the theory and practice of visualization. The types of courses developed should provide demonstrable impact for people in the state of Oregon and beyond. The teaching of contemporary visualization technology and techniques will focus on the explication/illustration/narrative of data related to social, economic, environmental, or other research issues.

Teaching in the SAC requires educating and mentoring a diverse group of learners, which includes creating high-impact opportunities such as:

  • Sponsoring student research or internships
  • Developing study abroad opportunities, service learning courses, and/or using innovative pedagogies such as hybrid or online learning.
  • Developing collaborative teaching opportunities with other disciplines.

Teaching in the SAC also requires mentoring undergraduate students as appropriate in their scholastic academic, research and professional development to support student success.  Priority will be given to working with undergraduate Digital Communication Arts majors and connecting with majors in other SAC programs.

40% RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP EXPECTATIONS: The faculty member is expected to maintain interdisciplinary scholarly and/or creative activities in the area of expertise.  This work may be generated both collaboratively and independently, should be validated by peer-review, and must be communicated in appropriate ways valuable to the school and discipline, such as: 

  • Journal articles, book chapters, and/or books recognized as relevant to visualization research
  • Professional/public presentations
  • Presentations at regional/national/ international conferences
  • Creative work/juried film festival showings/art exhibitions/installations

Scholarship and research of the successful candidate will strengthen connections to other academic units through support of interdisciplinary collaboration among SAC programs (art, music, speech communication, new media communication, theatre), across CLA, and with other colleges conducting applicable research at OSU.

20% SERVICE EXPECTATIONS: Develop and implement an undergraduate curriculum in Visualization in conjunction with faculty in New Media Communications. School, college, and university service expectations include serving on program, school or college committees as appropriate, and participation in professional academic organizations outside the University, including professional and community-based groups that advance OSU’s goals of student success and diversity.

Over time, it is reasonable to expect an evolution of specific duties within the categories described above. As such, other specific duties, as assigned and agreed, will amend this position description.


  1. PhD or MFA (or other terminal degree) in visualization, information science, digital design, digital media, communication studies, media studies, cinema, computer science, interactive design, 2D and/or 3D animation, gamification, virtual reality, augmented reality, digital humanities, or other related field by September 16, 2016.
  2. Demonstrated experience in the digital visualization of space, form, information, and/or data.
  3. Record of scholarly publications, presentations, creative exhibitions, or demonstrated scholarly work commensurate with expectations for an assistant or associate professor at Oregon State University.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to engaging, educating, and mentoring a diverse group of learners.


  1. External validation of research excellence among peers.
  2. Dedication to the establishment of a community of scholar/teachers.
  3. Prior supervision of undergraduate/graduate student research.
  4. Experience in an academic appointment or working in a related professional field.


  1. Letter of application that clearly indicates the applicant's interest in and qualifications for the position (Upload as Cover Letter).
  2. Current, comprehensive vita including the names, e-mail addressees, and phone numbers of three (3) references. (Upload as Resume/Vita)
  3. Professional statement that includes teaching philosophy and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. (Upload as Other Document).
  4. Digital portfolio and/or links to online creative work and/or scholarly writing sample (e.g., published essay, conference paper). (Upload as Other Document 2)
  5. Graduate transcripts (5MB or less).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Screening begins January 31, 2016, and continues until a qualified candidate is hired.

Please direct any questions to Daniel Faltesek, Assistant Professor of Social Media, in the New Media Communications area of the School of Arts and Communication.

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