September 15, 2006

Jobs at Georgia Tech and UC Davis

by Noah Wardrip-Fruin · , 4:59 pm

The job ads are coming thick this time of year. Particularly promising ones have just been posted by Georgia Tech (review begins October 15) and UC Davis (review begins November 15).

Here’s the GA Tech announcement:

Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Communication, and Culture (LCC) is seeking to fill 2-3 positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in the emerging discipline of Digital Media. We seek practitioner/theorists who combine technical expertise with a strong grounding in the arts and humanities. Candidates should be prepared to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level in LCC’s suite of programs in computational and digital media. A Ph.D. or terminal degree in an appropriate field is required, as is computational proficiency and a demonstrated capacity for significant original research/creative work. Evidence of significant potential in generating external funding is desirable. Preference will given to candidates who demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following fields:

Digital Art and Design

Practitioner in the use of digital technology for communication and expression. We particularly seek candidates in the area of visual design (graphic design, visual arts, moving image). Candidates should be prepared to situate their practice in the social and cultural contexts of new media. Preference will be given to those whose work relates to strengths of our department, such as experimental media, game design and critique, interactive narrative, tangible media, and mixed reality.

Information Architecture/Information Design

Designer/producer/researcher with a focus on the expressive application of emerging structures of information distribution and organization (e.g. media syndication widgets, google map mashups, folksonomies & tag clouds, social networking sites, semantic web) and the technologies of information abstraction that underlie them (e.g. relational databases, structured documents, XML metadata & controlled vocabularies, wikis).

Interactive Narrative

Practitioner/theorist of computational expression, with an emphasis on procedural approaches to interactive narrative in various media forms such as virtual/mixed reality, games, and interactive television. Specialties could include one or more of the following: interactive fiction, computational story systems, computational poetry, narrative and cognition, story generation, interactive documentary, narrative intelligence, and AI.

Applicants should send a letter with a statement of research interests and pedagogical approach, a CV, one or two pages of screenshots, and/or a pointer to an on-line portfolio. (Requests for full dossiers and portfolios will be sent to selected applicants.) Applications should be addressed to Chair, Search Committee, LCC, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0165. Review of applications will begin October 15 and continue until the positions are filled. The Georgia Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. For more information about the School, please visit http://www.lcc.gatech.edu.

And here’s the UC Davis announcement:

The Program in Technocultural Studies at the University of California at Davis announces a search for an Open-rank Professor of Media Arts

The Program in Technocultural Studies of the University of California at Davis has a tenure-track or tenured Open-Rank Professor position available for a faculty member with expertise in media arts practice, preferably to teach in both studies and production, starting in Fall 2007. The Program is transdisciplinary, integrating studies in the political, theoretical, cultural and artistic dimensions of technoculture with innovative production across a variety of media including sound, video, digital screen-based and interactive media, and performance.

We are looking for a media artist who can take a critical and creative approach to contemporary culture, technology and the arts, and who possesses a history or demonstrated potential for the high standard of achievement appropriate to employment in a tier-one research university in at least two of the following screen-based areas: interactivity, net, animation, programming, or performed media such as live video. Single-channel film/video makers and scholars are encouraged to apply if they also possess accomplishments in one of these areas. An MA or MFA is required; a PhD. is preferred. Teaching at undergraduate or graduate university levels or equivalent professional practice is required; the ability to teach both studies and production courses is preferred.

Please post (no email applications accepted) a letter of application, curriculum vitae, examples of work, by November 15, 2006, to: Associate Professor Bob Ostertag, Search Committee, Chair Digital Arts Position, Program in Technocultural Studies, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis CA 95616-8528. Referees will be will be contacted only for those short-listed candidates invited for campus visits: please include names, street addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, of four people from whom letters of reference may be requested. If materials are to be returned, a self-addressed stamped envelope. For further information, phone 530/752-0573 or check website at http://technoculture.ucdavis.edu

Deadline for applications: November 15, 2006 for full consideration; however, the position will remain open until filled.