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[JOB / TEACHING] Innovation Lab Instructor/Guest Artist, The Media Innovation Lab at Sarah Lawrence College

Innovation Lab Instructor/Guest Artist

The Media Innovation Lab at Sarah Lawrence College is a creative concept that applies emerging technologies to social issues, community practice, and civic engagement.

Through the generous support of the Sherman-Fairchild Foundation, the Lab now invites applications to teach a course in Spring Term 2015 (January through May) that will explore a cross-disciplinary ‘problem’ at the intersection of the arts or an academic discipline and some form of digital technology. Group problem solving is key to this course.

We extend this invitation to artists, designers, data scientists, psychologists, economists, journalists, and all interested others to propose short-term, small-scale investigations of any social or civic issue that might benefit from the creation of some innovation from the fields of new media, digital arts, data science, mobile computing, or any other media technology.

Students will have the opportunity to take workshops in specific software or technical skills needed for this problem solving exercise. The guest artist will meet with students for concentrated class periods, and organize programming around their lab to involve the wider campus.

Projects  should:


  • Enable the creation of new, innovative models, prototypes, art works, media, and/or other forms for the application of technology or media
  • Have clearly defined goals for addressing areas of contemporary concern, civic improvement, or social change
  • Provide group based learning and problem solving
  • Provide short-term, practice-based learning opportunities for the Sarah Lawrence students
  • Make use of the resources of the College and its faculty
  • Participants are invited to foster community involvement in the form of public talks, live interactive components, skill-shares, participatory performances, hackathons, un-conferences, etc.
  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a link to samples or your work,  the names and contact information for three references,  and a proposal including the following:
  • Outline the seed concept for an innovative, ambitious project to be executed in experimental or developmental stages with a group of students.  Describe its interest to you, and its connection to your current practice
  • Which fields of inquiry would be advanced through this course?
  • How will the workshop and project information be documented and disseminated?
  • What experience do you have teaching and/or organizing a similar process?







Application review will begin 10 November, 2014.  The position will remain open until filled.  Please apply at:

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