Assistant Professor of Immersive Media

Reynolds School of Journalism UNR Main Campus - Reno, NV

The Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, winner of the Online News Association’s 2018 Grand Prize for Innovation in Journalism Education, seeks a visionary academic and/or creative practitioner to join us as our new Assistant Professor of Immersive Media. This is a tenure track position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. 

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Job Description

The Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, winner of the Online News Association’s 2018 Grand Prize for Innovation in Journalism Education, seeks a visionary academic and/or creative practitioner to join us as our new Assistant Professor of Immersive Media. This is a tenure track position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. 

This position is part of a multi-year commitment to establish the University of Nevada, Reno as an international leader in Advanced Manufacturing Research. The availability of this position is contingent on available funding. Our new colleague will collaborate with others involved in the university’s Advanced Manufacturing Research initiative to explore the potential for immersive media contributions in that sector. This professor will explore the natural synergies with faculty in the Colleges of Engineering and Science, as well as, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, among other units. 

The successful candidate will design and teach undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with a range of interactive and immersive media components, potentially including, but not limited to: 

• Virtual Reality 

• Augmented Reality 

• Drone-acquired media 

• Game design (as it contributes to narrative) 

• Point-cloud virtual-object generation 

• 3D photography and animation 

• Interface design for immersive media 

Our new colleague will also be expected to establish a research or creative agenda exploring the communication capabilities and effectiveness of immersive media, and/or its potential contributions to advanced manufacturing.  Our Assistant Professor of Immersive Media will also work closely with the Reynolds School’s new Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D., Project for Visualizing Science, an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary initiative that reimagines how we communicate science.

Required Qualifications

PhD or MFA in Communications or related field

Candidates who are currently ABD will be considered

Experience in immersive media (such as some of the areas listed above), demonstrated either in a professional media context or in an academic setting

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with university teaching

Compensation Grade

Assistant Professor, Rank II

Department Information

The Reynolds School has built a reputation for curricular innovation, entrepreneurial learning and a collaborative climate for both professionals and scholars. We operate the Noticiero Móvil bilingual news service and the Reynolds Media Lab production center. The NPR-member stations and digital outlets of KUNR Public Radio are also affiliated with the Reynolds School. 

Diversity is central to the mission of the School. Our faculty, staff and students strive to foster an environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging and expressing diverse perspectives and is respectful of diverse identities. Candidates should be prepared to address how their work contributes to advancing these goals. 

The scenic University of Nevada, Reno campus, in sight of the Sierra Nevada mountains, is located 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and four hours from San Francisco and the Napa-Sonoma wine country. Reno is a recreational paradise, chosen by Outside Magazine as one of the nation’s Best Towns, with nearby world-class skiing and snowboarding, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. The area is home to a burgeoning tech sector, with a vibrant food and arts scene. To learn more about the Reynolds School, visit

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.  For more information, please visit:

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Contact Information for this position

Search Chair – Howard Goldbaum,

Search Coordinator – Raevyn Blackman,



Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Please attach the following documents to your application.  Please contact the day you apply, if assistance is needed with attachments:

1) Curriculum Vitae/Resume

2) Cover letter

3) Contact information for 3 professional references

4) A diversity statement that addresses the way in which you would further the College’s goal of building an inclusive educational environment and how you raise issues of representation in your teaching, scholarship, and/or creative activity

This posting is open until filled.

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

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