University of Nebraska-Lincoln — Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts: Moving Image + Cinema Production

Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts: Moving Image + Cinema Production
Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts in moving image or cinema production.

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, a newly established $57M interdisciplinary center, research facility, and academic degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is re-envisioning the university for the 21st century and how students co-create and learn. Current areas of research interests within the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts include cinematic arts, virtual production + real-time filmmaking; motion capture; interactive + immersive storytelling; experience and speculative design; VR, AR, + XR; games, play + performance; embodied cognition; machine learning + blockchain technologies; sonic arts; IOT; physical computing; and entrepreneurship.

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts values diversity and believes it is critical to our success. To that end, we welcome the unique contributions that every candidate can bring to every interaction. The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts is the premiere destination for a faculty and student body seeking a fresh social vision that values inclusivity and diversity, plays to the innermost recesses of our imaginations, solves human-scale problems, and tells breathtaking stories that stimulate, provoke, and inspire. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the founding team and to set the culture and vision of the Carson Center.

Duties include teaching a variety of courses at an undergraduate and, eventually, graduate level. As a tenure-track professor, you will continue your outstanding creative work, further develop your research area, help us develop new curriculum, advise and mentor students, and participate in university service and outreach. As part of our community, you will contribute to and promote a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. At Nebraska, every person and every interaction matters.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree in cinema or a related field, or an undergraduate degree combined with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience.
  • A portfolio of professional creative work demonstrating achievement in moving image or cinema production, as well as expertise with industry-standard tools, techniques, methods, and processes.
  • Clear evidence of creative research, professional activity, and engagement with the latest industry developments.
  • Demonstrated potential to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from a full range of diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with multiple post-production and emerging media workflows.
  • Experience in working collaboratively across disciplines.
  • Clear and demonstrable connections to industry.
  • Experience teaching at the college level or equivalent experience in a non-traditional setting.
  • Ability to learn and teach new software, course content, and professional practices.

This position will have an apportionment of 50% teaching, 40% research and creative activity, and 10% service.

We are looking for people who use their own research and creative work to inform and revise the curriculum. Our model for teaching and learning relies on collaboration to cultivate an environment in which exploration, analysis, risk, and failure can freely occur. Classes are hands-on, promote active learning, and encourage discussion of concept, content, technique, and impact. All faculty are expected to engage with students beyond the classroom through a culture of project assistance, advising, mentoring, and community.

This position includes a generous start-up package, a comprehensive benefits package, a stipend to support research and creative activity, and a competitive salary.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s city campus is situated in a dynamic downtown area that includes the state capitol and a growing tech industry as well as restaurants, coffee houses, movie theaters, clubs, bike trails, and urban residences. Lincoln has notably excellent public schools, a low cost of living, and has been nationally recognized for its high quality of life. It is a friendly, creative, intellectual, and vibrant community that loves the arts and is home to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Sheldon Museum of Art, and the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, an art house cinema that is part of the College, as well as numerous alternative spaces and venues for visual art and music. More information about the city and the campus can be found at 

How to Apply
The search committee will begin formal review of applications on January 16, 2023 and will continue until appointments are made. To be considered for this position, please go to and click “Apply for this job.” Complete the information form and attach the following required documents:

  1. Cover Letter – include a description of your Creative Work/Research, Training, and Teaching experience.
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  3. Names and contact information of three references.
  4. Portfolio – Provide a link to your online portfolio specifically curated for the search committee, prioritized with your most accomplished work, and with any writings/statements or notable reviews about your work.
  5. Artist Statement.
  6. Diversity and Inclusion Statement.
  7. Philosophy of Teaching Statement (Optional).

Statements (items 5, 6, and 7) will need to be combined into a single document for upload.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) seeks to achieve a working and learning environment that is open to all people. Diversity is the hallmark of great institutions of learning and has long been one of the strengths of our society. Dignity and respect for all in the UNL community are the responsibility of each individual member of the community. The realization of that responsibility across the campus is critical to UNL’s success.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See