August 1, 2006

Faculty Position at UCSD

by Noah Wardrip-Fruin · , 3:03 pm

I’ve recently joined the faculty of the Communication department at the University of California, San Diego. Having joined, one of my first acts as a member of the faculty was to become part of a search committee — so now I can help bring other interesting people aboard.

Luckily for me, UC San Diego’s not a hard sell. There is much support for digitally-flavored research, including the recently-constructed Cal-IT2 (including a wing devoted to the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts). There are many digital media people on the faculty already, from Lev Manovich to Miller Puckette, from Natalie Jeremijenko to Brian Goldfarb. The grad students are doing great work, including Fox Harrell (whose presentations at DAC and Computational Aesthetics we’ve noted in recent months), Eduardo Navas (of newmediaFIX and other prominent online projects), and the student in my department, Ge Jin, who this spring made a splash with his interviews with Chinese MMO gold farmers. And, of course, there’s the fact that the department is highly interdisciplinary, has a great history of innovative work, and is placed where the weather is supposedly the best in North America.

All that said, the job ad is below. Both areas of focus are of potential interest to GTxA readers, of course, but the “play and communication” area seems particularly fitting.

The Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego (www.communication.ucsd.edu) seeks to fill a position at either the assistant, tenure-track or associate professor, with tenure to begin July 1, 2007 in the area of Communication and the Person which focuses on symbolic communication and mediated human activity. We invite applications from scholars whose work concerns either of two areas: 1) play and communication, broadly conceived to include traditional forms of children’s play activity as well as emergent new forms such as videogames, MMOGs and various forms of fantasy. 2) work and communication in important social institutions involving collaboration within teams and groups in one location or across geographically and temporally disparate locations. Possible workplaces may include but are not limited to: newsrooms, assembly lines, hospitals, courthouses, museums and software design teams. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work is attentive the many forms of difference—of ethnicity, gender, etc.—at work in these areas.

Review of applications will begin Oct. 1 and continue until position is filled. Send vita, statement of research and teaching interests, one work sample (such as a recent publication), and contact information for three references to:
Prof. Michael Cole
Dept. of Communication (0503)
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0503

Applicants are also invited to provide comments about his/her leadership activities and/or contributions to diversity.

UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity.