Fantastic news! UCSC has just announced our first new position for the Art, Games & Playable Media program!
The Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites candidates working in Games and Playable Media to apply for a tenure-track faculty position recruited at the level of assistant professor.
The new BA program in Art and Design: Games and Playable Media is a highly interdisciplinary program. Students from the Games BA and BS form a shared cohort throughout their undergraduate years and collaborate on the creation of digital and nondigital games during that time. Faculty in this position will be teaching students from computer science and art backgrounds who have an interest in gaming.
We seek an accomplished games practitioner with evidence of a developed research trajectory and demonstrated recognition of their work. We have a preference for candidates with a multidisciplinary orientation, who are experienced with game design as both a technological and artistic practice and can work with undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. In addition, the ideal candidate sees games as an expressive practice, demonstrating a broad understanding of the scholarly fields of games studies and experimental game design, critical histories of games, and visual art practices. Possible related areas of research and teaching might include interactive audio design, interface design, interactive narrative, and intermedia art.
We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. The campus currently operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per academic year. The successful candidate will be expected to teach 5 five-unit courses per year, or their equivalent, in accordance with the department's workload policy; advise and mentor students; actively engage in research activity; and actively participate in administrative responsibilities for the department, affiliated college, and the campus. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds.
You can see the official Job Announcement and application details at this link: https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00324.
We are so excited to be growing the program, and to invite qualified colleagues to apply for this position. In addition to this full-time position, we are actively seeking lecturers for our Games & Playable Media teaching pool. Do not hesitate to reach out with questions about either opportunity to Robin Hunicke, Director of the BA.