Thompson Endowed Professor/Associate Professor in Media, Art & Design, University of Missouri Kansas City


The Department of Media, Art and Design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is conducting a search for the Dorothy and Dale Thompson Missouri Professorship in the Arts with a focus on interactive design and emerging creative technologies. Applicants for this position are encouraged to review UMKC’s Guidelines for Evaluation of Endowed Chairs and Professors, available here. We are seeking an exceptional faculty member in the rank of Associate or Full Professor to fulfill this full-time, benefit-eligible, ranked, tenure-eligible, 9-month endowed professorship position.

We are seeking applications from candidates who possess an understanding of the critical, historical and theoretical aspects of technology within visual arts. The ideal candidate will demonstrate proficiency with current industry tools, and the ability to teach processes, methodologies, standards and practices in one or more of the following areas: UI/UX, motion graphics, animation, game design, AR/VR, experiential design, data visualization, or other technologies for artists and designers. The candidate should be especially insightful to the ways in which these areas can enhance community and culture through storytelling.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an exceptional approach to their own creative research, developing and maintaining a national and international reputation through projects, writings, lectures and other creative outlets. The selected candidate will have a fundamental role in shaping the future of media, art and design at UMKC and its relationship to the university, and the local/global design community. They will have an important role in mentoring underserved students. They will be expected to participate in developing a new curriculum around their expertise.

Minimum Qualifications

An MFA or other terminal degree in a related field is required, as well as rank of Associate Professor or Professor at the applicant’s current institution.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on February 24, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

View the full posting and submit application materials for Job ID 44738 here.

UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.