Among the opportunities for faculty collaboration are a mechanism for faculty affiliation and access to building technology when written into a grant or contract.
For more information about formalizing a faculty appointment in CMII, contact David Cheshier at [email protected].
A Model for Faculty Affiliation. Professors whose core research programs connect to the media arts are invited to affiliate with CMII. Concurrent with the grand opening of the facility, research working groups are being started (including separate groups focused on game design and development, social media, virtual and augmented reality [more widely connected to immersive world creation], advanced technology film and television production, media entrepreneurship, media analytics, sound studies, hip-hop music and others where there is potential faculty interest). In exchange for participation in one of these groups, affiliated faculty will have prioritized access to the facility, its meeting spaces and technology. The research groups are not being organized to force faculty collaborations on particular grants or projects, but to strategize potential collaborations and to develop a wider university sense of emerging research.
Core Research Infrastructural Support. Many faculty organize research programs that are not substantively focused on new media technologies, but use new media tools for data collection and fieldwork or test behavioral interventions that use mobile technologies to improve compliance rates and the persistence of interventions to improve educational, health and wellness, literacy or anti-violence outcomes, among others. In some cases, principal investigators whose projects require application or game design outsource that work to subcontractors. In others, internal partnerships with the university’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning curricular design staff help coordinate this effort. CMII aspires to develop the infrastructure for research that uses new media tools, working in partnership with grants-supported research faculty.
Access to Core Production Staff. A core operations staff joins the institute at the start of fiscal year 2018, including a director of operations and supporting positions that bring technology expertise in virtual reality/augmented reality, advanced media computing and advanced technology production (including digital editing, postproduction, maker media technologies and social media). In searching to fill these positions, CMII faculty are prioritizing the hire of professionals with a record of faculty collaboration and grants support. CMII technology support staff can, on a negotiated project basis, be bought out for a percentage of effort connected to a grant or contract.