Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice in Interactive Storytelling

The University of Texas at Austin / Austin, TX

The Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies in the School of Design and Creative Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) seeks a faculty colleague with a focus in Interactive Storytelling. We encourage applications from both academics and seasoned practitioners eager to join our team in reinventing art and design education for the twenty-first century. This is a non-tenure track, Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice that requires relocation to Austin, TX. Salary is competitive; rank commensurate with experience. Earliest start date is August 2020.

In the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies, we are reimagining coursework, curriculum, and structure from the point of view that immersive media is more powerful and informed when practiced in concert with multiple disciplines. We seek an experienced interactive storyteller who, in collaboration with colleagues, will design and teach a curriculum that will prepare our students for the increasingly diverse narrative content needs in immersive media, experience design, real-time interactive system, video game, entertainment, and/or visualization industries.


Responsibilities in our fast-growing program include:

  • Overseeing, coordinating, and teaching interactive storytelling courses that integrate the various disciplines practiced in the department and school.
  • Developing and teaching introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate courses and curricula in interactive storytelling that cultivate clearly successful outcomes and an inclusive student experience.
  • Supporting senior projects, independent studies, honors coursework, student showcase, and other culminating activities.
  • Developing and teaching thematic/special topics courses for a variety of applications of interactive storytelling in your area(s) of expertise.
  • Teaching interdisciplinary or team-taught courses to undergraduate majors and non-majors.
  • Participating in regular faculty administrative and student service activities.
  • Advising and mentoring our racially and ethnically diverse undergraduate student population to successful career outcomes post-graduation.

As a non-tenure track faculty member, the successful candidate is encouraged, but not required, to maintain an active professional practice or research agenda.


The School of Design and Creative Technologies was founded in 2017 as the fourth major academic unit in the College of Fine Arts, alongside the Department of Art and Art History, the Butler School of Music, and the Department of Theatre and Dance. The SDCT houses the Department of Design, the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies, the Center for Integrated Design, the Design Institute for Health, and Bridging Disciplines Programs in Digital Arts & Media and Design Strategies.


The University of Texas at Austin is a flagship, comprehensive research university of over 50,000 students that is routinely ranked in the top 50 universities globally by U.S. News and World Report, Times Higher Education, and the Center for World University Rankings. UT is located in Austin, the capital of Texas, a city justly renowned for its vibrant cultural life and its thriving creative and tech industries. Austin is routinely included in top-ten lists of best US cities for new college grads, for young professionals, for future job growth, and for outdoor activities, urban forests, and family friendliness.


Candidates for this position must:

  • Have a strong portfolio of recent work demonstrating interactive storytelling projects for at least one of the following: games, immersive media, or physical spaces (more than one is preferred).
  • Have experience using storytelling to communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences.
  • Have earned a terminal degree in their field, OR demonstrate equivalent professional experience and experience with teaching, training, or leadership.
  • Have a record of working productively and collegially with people of diverse disciplines, ranks, races, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to expanding the diversity of the department’s faculty and students and to creating a productive department culture inclusive of differing backgrounds and viewpoints.


We are particularly interested in candidates who:

  • Have completed projects which use interactive storytelling for transformational purposes, such as data visualization, themed interactive experiences, brand or research storytelling, education, political or social issues, or other novel uses of interactive systems.
  • Have experience teaching both small- and large-enrollment courses, hybrid or online courses, training, or serialized video.
  • Have experience developing outcome focused courses and curricula with clear student assessment and benchmarks.
  • Engage with the field of arts and entertainment technologies on issues of diversity and/or inclusion.


Application Instructions
Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2020, though the position is open until filled. To apply for the position, please submit the following documents to Interfolio by clicking the apply now button below.

  • A letter of interest explaining your qualifications for, and interest in, the position;
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or professional résumé;
  • A link to or pdf of your portfolio of recent work
  • Contact information for three references (letters will be requested only for finalists).

SDCT encourages applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, the differently-abled, and members of the LGBTQIA community.

Questions about the application process and Interfolio may be directed to SDCT Executive Assistant Mr. Cameron Weed at; questions about the positions themselves may be directed to search committee chair Prof. Michael Baker (

If you are excited about the possibilities of working in the School of Design and Creative Technologies, but don’t fit this particular job description, please see our open call for faculty, here.


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