Assistant/Associate Professor in AI and the Arts

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2021-03-14
  • Organization: University of Florida, College of the Arts
  • Organization Type: College/University
  • Location: Gainesville, FL
  • Recurring: Array
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The College of the Arts at the University of Florida invites applicants and nominations for two tenure-track positions in AI and the Arts, at least one of which will fill the Arts and Global Equity focus area. These hires are a part of a major, long-term initiative at the university focused on artificial intelligence (in research, research infrastructure, and curriculum), with the goal of making UF a national leader in AI.

Creatives are the original human-centered innovators and experience makers. The College of the Arts’ making disciplines are unified by both critical thinking and critical doing; we are specialists in the relationship between what is being made, its users or audiences, and how that relationship can catalyze more equitable and just world-building. With a focus on interdisciplinarity and collaboration, we seek two colleagues whose work bridges AI and the Arts and is grounded in creative or technical practice. The successful candidates will help answer some of the questions we are asking right now and discover the questions we should be exploring next:

How can the arts help AI function in the world in a different way?
How can a focus on process over product inform the future of AI?
How can the practice of critique inform AI or AI pedagogy?
How can improvisation, as a data set or theoretical frame, help shape AI’s possibilities in both capacity and applications?
How can the arts help destabilize technocultural power alignments, and help address and shape a more sustainable and inclusive human-AI interdependence?
What role should the arts play in AI across the curriculum at the University of Florida, and beyond?

Our two main areas of focus for these hires are Arts and Global Equity and AI Fundamentals for Creative Applications. Possible areas of expertise include: anti-racism; composition; computational creativity; creative development; curatorial practice; data visualization; design; embodiment; emergent technologies; improvisation; liveness/live art; machine learning; making; social practice; and time.

These two new faculty will contribute to the University’s overall AI curriculum and research profile, and they will be leaders for AI’s inclusion in the College of the Arts’ curricula and research portfolio.

The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.

Minimum Requirements:
• Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances access, equity and inclusion
• Research focus that allows for a tenure home in either the School of Art + Art History, School of Music, School of Theatre + Dance, or Digital Worlds Institute
• Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary collaborations
• Experience in AI and the Arts
• Terminal degree or commensurate professional experience

Preferred Qualifications:
• At least 2 years teaching experience in higher education
• Demonstrated experience with curriculum development
• Demonstrated track record of securing funding
• Expertise in global field of AI and the Arts
• Experience furthering Global Equity in and through AI and the arts
• Experience teaching or facilitating understanding of transferrable AI fundamentals

Application Deadline: To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by March 14, 2021. Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later date, including letters of reference.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system at Online applications must include the following:
(1) Detailed letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of one of these positions, how your work will change the arts, AI, or both, and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community
(2) Current curriculum vitae
(3) A list of three professional references with contact information

Inquiries may be sent to:
Jennifer Setlow, Associate Dean
Chair, AI in the Arts search committee
Email: [email protected]

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top ten best public universities in the nation. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.

The mission of the College of the Arts is to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their capacities for critical study, creative practice, and provocation. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,700 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 130 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute, and the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college comprises the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.