Knight Innovator in Residence

The College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) at Florida International University invites applications for the 2016-2017 Knight Innovator in Residence position.

This is a 9-month visiting faculty position based in CARTA’s School of Communication + Journalism (SCJ). The SCJ is looking for media innovators who want to shape the future of digital media and journalism education and add to the growing innovation ecosystem in Miami. The initiative is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Knight Innovator in Residence will be embedded into media courses and partner with specific faculty to participate in classes in the Innovator’s area of thematic expertise, develop workshops and master classes, and work with relevant faculty and department chairs to develop a plan of action to best meet programmatic needs. The purposes of the experiential learning classes, workshops and seminars are to expose students and faculty to emerging technologies and industry practices, cultivate innovation and entrepreneurial cultures, and provide guidance on how to best enrich and enhance the curriculum to meet the needs of 21st century global communication industries.

In addition to collaborations within CARTA and the SCJ, the Innovator works with colleagues across the university to develop groundbreaking seminars, workshops, master classes, and media projects; mentor students and faculty, including enhancing skills regarding entrepreneurship, media design and development in an interdisciplinary context; and develop a signature event for the SCJ Communication Week, usually held in the spring semester.

Previous Innovator activities included: workshops on social media; consulting with faculty and staff on how to integrate the latest and best digital media practices in the classroom; an FIU-SCJ social media event in New York; Startup Saturday; evaluation of student capstone projects; Social Media Club presentations; BarCamp Miami; Panther Cage student competition; Chicas Poderosas; and a grant proposal for the Media Innovation Center, among others.

Active professionals in media technology with the ability to work with diverse partners from industry and academia are encouraged to apply. Strong experience related to Latin America preferred, but not required. Candidates do not have to be based in Miami but should expect to spend intensive periods of time at the SJC on campus. The fellowship will be based at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami, FL.

By Aug. 5, 2016, qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest explaining their thematic area of expertise, approach to the position, resume, and list of 3-5 references to Dr. Juliet Pinto at

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About Florida International University

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit


About FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts engages our local and global communities by deploying the power of architecture + the arts to createinnovate, and inspire solutions to local challenges with national and global impacts. Offering 9 graduate and 8 undergraduate degrees within 7 academic departments, our more than 2500 majors have the unique experience of working with our award-winning faculty in nationally ranked programs in the heart of Miami and Miami Beach — two of the country’s most vibrant, diverse, and creative cities!