August 6, 2008
the annual jobs post 2008-2009
Like holiday decorations in your favorite retail outlet, faculty positions are being announced earlier and earlier every year!! Looking back on 2007’s post by Noah on available spots in the digital arts and humanities, game studies, and other positions related to those who might read (and post on) this blog, and seeing what a valuable asset to the community such postings are, I thought I’d start a “2008-2009” academic application year by beginning with an opening at Dartmouth College in Music.
The folks in music are highly interdisciplinary and the department has a rich history. Larry Polansky was a student of Jim Tenney’s and is both an archivist and participant involved in Fluxus. He is one of the three co-authors (with Phil Burk and David Rosenboom) of the widely used computer music language HMSL, and his other software includes helping to implement his spectral mutation functions in the popular computer music application Soundhack, authored by Tom Erbe. He also directs
the composer’s collective Frog Peak Music and was the founding guest editor of the Leonardo Music Journal. His colleague, Michael Casey, recently came to Dartmouth from Goldsmith’s. He investigates large-scale music indexing, new media, and real time music systems. Colleague Ted Levin teaches ethnomusicology, world music, sacred music in East and West, and an interdisciplinary course on the Silk Road. There’s more…this is an innovative department to be reckoned with!
I’m told the position is ideal for self-directed scholar/artists with a background in music and a vision for how music might meet and transform with contemporary culture, language, the arts, and sciences…
Assistant Professor of Music, tenure-track, beginning fall 2009
Dartmouth’s Music Dept. seeks an outstanding faculty member committed to innovative teaching in an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum that integrates composition, performance, theory, history, world music, and jazz studies. Teaching assignments will also include graduate seminars in Dartmouth’s M.A. program in Digital Musics. Ph.D., D.M.A., or equivalent professional qualifications. Teaching experience at the college or university level desirable. Send letter of application and CV to:
Dept. of Music
Hanover, NH 03755
Evaluation of applications begins October 1.
August 11th, 2008 at 2:12 pm
Here’s one from UT Austin that might suit some GTxA readers:
Radio/Television/Film: The Department of Radio-Television-Film, The University of Texas at Austin. One position available at Assistant or Associate Professor rank with starting date of mid-August, 2009. Applicants’ interests should include one or more of the following areas: policy, use and social aspects of the Internet; global/international media; digital media/new media, including wireless and mobile communications; the relationship between new media and behavior for individuals and in social groups and institutions; emerging information and communications media, including electronically-based games; political economy of media; policy/regulatory issues in new media, including privacy, surveillance and copyright; and telecommunications. Candidates should have strong social scientific research skills and a commitment to undertaking extramurally funded research. Qualifications must be commensurate with rank. Applicants should have completed the Ph.D. and be able to teach, conduct research, and supervise graduate students. The closing date for applications is October 15, 2008. Mail letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation for junior position and names of references for tenured position, a research statement, and samples of published articles or conference papers to: Bert R. Herigstad, Office Manager, Department of Radio-TV-Film, 1 University Station A0800, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-0108. The Department of Radio-Television-Film has 28 permanent faculty, approximately 850 undergraduate majors and 150 graduate students pursuing Ph.D., M.A. or M.F.A. degrees. It offers courses in film and television studies, international communication, telecommunication technology and policy, gender and sexuality, and ethnic issues in communication, film and video production, and screenwriting. See http://rtf.utexas.edu for more information about the RTF Department; see http://www.utexas.edu for more information about the University. The College of Communication is committed to achieving diversity in its faculty, students, and curriculum, and it welcomes applicants who can help achieve these objectives.
September 10th, 2008 at 11:01 pm
And here’s one from UCSB:
University of California, Santa Barbara
English, 2607 South Hall Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170
Assistant Professor in Literature and Media
Tenure-track Assistant Professor. We seek a candidate who specializes in literature and media technologies or cultures between 1800 and c. 1980, the epoch of modernization from the first industrial revolution to the onset of the current digital revolution. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on writing, reading, communicational, computational, visual, or sensory media in the period between early-modern technologies of writing and reading and contemporary digital technologies (two areas in which our department has strength).
The ideal candidate would be able to teach a range of courses in literature and media, as well as a literary historical field; contribute to the department’s digital humanities and undergraduate specialization in Literature & Culture of Information, as well as intersect with the department’s collaborative research and teaching initiatives (including the Transcriptions/Literature, Culture, and Media Center and the Transliteracies Project); and contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. (Please visit the UCSB English website for information on our department’s ongoing initiatives.) Position effective July 1, 2009. Ph.D. required at the time of appointment.
Send letter of application, dossier, and non returnable sample of written work (20pp or less) to Literature and Media Search Committee, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 3170.
To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by October 24, 2008. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. The University of California is an EO/AA employer.
September 21st, 2008 at 6:27 am
Here is a delicious job — game design, teaching with Tracy Fullerton at USC. How awesome would that be?
Assistant Professor of Interactive Media – Game Design and Development
The Interactive Media Division within USC’s School of Cinematic Arts is seeking a candidate for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Game Design and Development. We are looking for experienced game designers who are able to blend theory and practice in both their pedagogical approach and their research practice. Candidates should be prepared to teach game design and development at the undergraduate and graduate level in USC’s Interactive Media program, a vibrant and exciting community of scholars, educators and researchers. A Ph.D. or M.F.A. in a related field is required, as well as demonstrated capacity for original and significant design research and/or professional development experience. Evidence of ability to generate external funding is desirable.
Experience in one or more of these areas of game design studies is preferred:
• Experimental game mechanics
• Serious games
• Alternate Reality games
• Art or installation work – game related
• Interactive Narrative
• Critical game studies
• History and theory of Interactive Media
To apply: Submit a letter stating your interest in the position accompanied by a complete resume or curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., course syllabi and/or documentation of student work), and the names, phone numbers, mail and e-mail addresses of three references qualified to provide knowledgeable evaluation of your qualifications. Please do not send additional supporting materials until they are requested. University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2008
Application Address: Scott S. Fisher, Chair
Interactive Media Division
School of Cinematic Arts
University of Southern California
850 W. 34th Street, Lucas 310
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211
Inquiries: Adrienne Capirchio, +1 213 821 2515
October 13th, 2008 at 2:11 pm
ARTS DIGITAL IMAGING AND ANIMATION POSITION pre-call
The Arts department at Rensselaer is seeking candidates for a digital imaging and animation position.
This position entails original creative production and exhibition, teaching, advising, and working collaboratively in the above-mentioned area.
The ideal candidate will be an artist and educator who uses hands-on 2D and/or 3D animation in their creative practice, has experience working with professional digital platforms and applications and who would welcome the opportunity to explore creative connections between the arts and other disciplines.
Additional background, skills and interests may include any of the following: interactive media, web art, game development digital photography, VR or CAVE development, media theory, and related theoretical topics.
The position will support both undergraduate and graduate programs,
including the new Ph.D. in Electronic Arts.
This Fall Rensselaer opens its new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), a world-class facility for performance, exhibition, and research. Come and join a community of dedicated artists, educators and researchers who are building a uniquely collaborative approach to the new arts made possible by rapidly evolving media technologies.
Qualifications: An appropriate terminal Arts degree (MFA or PhD), professional activity and visibility as a practicing artist, and previous experience in university teaching.
Rank: assistant professor
Salary: commensurate with experience
Starting date: Fall 2009
To apply send a resume, a cover letter describing your professional interests and qualifications, portfolio, and a list of 5 people from which letters of recommendation may be requested after receipt of your application. Work samples may be in the form of DVDs, CDs, websites, books, articles, or other appropriate media (for return please include a SASE).
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Rensselaer is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.
Applications and inquiries should be sent to:
Prof. Larry Kagan
Arts Department Search Committee
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
West Hall 107
Troy, NY 12180-3590
Applications are due January 31, but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
October 23rd, 2008 at 8:21 am
Position: Assistant Professor, SIUC, Digital/Intermedia Arts, tenure track.
Department: Cinema and Photography.
Date of Appointment: August 16, 2009 or until filled.
Salary: Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Qualifications: MFA or Ph.D. with specialization in Digital/Intermedia Arts practice required. Expertise may be demonstrated by creative work and exhibition venues. Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in an evolving curriculum in Intermedia Arts. Potential areas of teaching and creative practice will combine the digital arts with one or more current media technologies: photography, film, video, and audio. Creative approaches may include experimental, narrative, and documentary genres as well as performative and interactive practices. Applicants should have a strong interest in addressing the aesthetic, historical, and ideological implications of digital culture and in independent artistic exploration that crosses traditional disciplines and/or modes of production. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following: digital technologies, especially web design and multimedia authoring; awareness of the full range of technical options available to contemporary artists; the tactical uses of both “low” and “high” technology; and potential for excellence in research and teaching. Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels desirable. If candidate hired is unable to provide official evidence of completion of the earned degree prior to date of appointment, this position will be changed to an appointment at the rank of Instructor with a lower salary.
Duties: Teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses in theory and practice of Intermedia arts. Engage actively in research/creative activity. Serve on and direct MFA thesis committees and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Participate in professional associations and serve on Department, College, and University committees.
Application Deadline: November 30, 2008 or until filled.
The Department: The Department of Cinema and Photography offers a BA degree with courses in the history, theory, criticism, and production of cinema, photography, video, and digital media. The Department currently enrolls approximately 300 majors. Department faculty actively participate in the MA, M.S., MFA, and Doctoral programs which are housed at the College level. Our educational orientation is a holistic fine arts- and humanities-based understanding of media as social and cultural practice. We are committed to graduating critical, original, and socially responsible artists and scholars who, as global citizens, can imagine and produce alternatives in media theory and practice. We are dedicated to fostering a creative and intellectual climate of active engagement and support for faculty and students.
TO APPLY: Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, names of three reference with current contact information, and samples of relevant creative/research work (e.g. URL or Macintosh compatible CD, DVD).
Send application materials to:
Dr. Jyotsna Kapur
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Cinema and Photography
College of Mass Communication and Media Arts
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901
October 23rd, 2008 at 1:55 pm
Communication and the Person: Theories of Practice and Activity
Posted: October 17, 2008
The University of California, San Diego Department of Communication announces a tenure track position in Communication and the Person at the Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2009. The position includes participation in our interdisciplinary undergraduate and Ph.D. programs.
The department seeks a candidate with a research track record in studying in depth the details of different practices and activity systems. We invite applications from candidates working in any research field, but who approach their research topics with qualitative methods and a foundation in theories of practice and activity (including, but not limited to, activity theory, ethnomethodology, and actor network theory). We seek a candidate who both understands contemporary theories of practice and activity yet can place these theories in an empirical context.
Applications from candidates whose research engages the intersections of technology and communication – broadly conceived – are especially welcomed. Such research may include (but is not limited to):
– Serious play: Understanding the developing worlds of online interaction and play – including games and online virtual environments.
– Software, design and communication: Detailed studies of the practices of software design: studies of how software can support new forms of workplace and informal communication.
– Political communication: Investigations of the growing use of technology in political discourse and debate.
These interests will correspond with the department’s strengths in studying new technology, learning and the interplay of complex activity systems.
A Ph.D. in a related discipline to communications, along with a publication track record, is a pre-requisite.
Review of applications will begin on December 8th, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a statement of current research, curriculum vitae, samples of scholarly work, statement of teaching interests, sample course syllabi and names of referees.
Applications will be accepted electronically – https://sswebapp.ucsd.edu/facrecruit
Salary is based on published UC pay scales. UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at http://diversity.ucsd.edu. Applicants are welcome to include in their cover letters a personal statement summarizing their contributions to diversity.
Further inquiries should be addressed to Barry Brown, Search Committee Chair, email@example.com.
October 27th, 2008 at 8:25 pm
Rochester Institute of Technology
Computer and Information Sciences
Game Design and Development Faculty Opening for Fall 2009
The Department of Information Technology invites applications and
nominations for one, and possibly two, tenure-track positions in Game
Design & Development at RIT beginning Fall 2009. These positions
require a terminal degree in the discipline or closely related field,
or equivalent experience is required. Experience in the game industry
is preferred. We will consider appointments at senior levels for
highly qualified candidates.
The department seeks candidates specifically with a background and
interest in computer games and interactive entertainment, as
demonstrated by published work in game related research, teaching
experience in game related curricula, a portfolio of created works, or
credited roles in commercial titles. Excellent teaching, scholarly
activity, technical creativity, and university service are
expected. We seek individuals who commit to contributing to RIT’s core
values, honor code, and statement of diversity.
The Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences houses the
Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, and
Networking, Security, and Systems Administration departments, as well
as the Ph.D. in Computing and Information Sciences, the research arm
of the college. The Information Technology Department houses the
multi-disciplinary Masters of Science in Game Design & Development,
the Bachelors of Science in Game Design & Development, a Minor in
in Game Design, and a Minor in Game Design & Development.
RIT has been recognized on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s
inaugural “Great Colleges to Work For” list. Rochester ranked 7th
among the “10 Best Cities to Raise a Family” by Child Magazine,
2003. In 2007, Rochester ranked 6th out of 379 metropolitan areas in
“Best Places to Live in America” by Places Rated Almanac.
To apply, please visit https://mycareer.rit.edu and search for
IRC26160. Please upload a letter of interest, a current curriculum
vitae, a one-page statement of teaching experience, a one-page
statement of research experience/interests, and, if applicable, a
portfolio of created works. In addition, please arrange to have at
least three reference letters that indicate your application for
IRC26160 sent directly to the Game Design and Development Search
Committee c/o Karen Griffith at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information,
please visit http://www.gccis.rit.edu and http://games.rit.edu. You
may also contact David I. Schwartz, Search Committee Chair,
Information Technology Department (585-475-5521, email@example.com). The
department will accept applications until the position fills.
October 29th, 2008 at 11:32 am
Assistant Professor – Tenure Track
Media Arts and Technology Graduate Program
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Barbara
The Media Arts and Technology Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level, starting July 1, 2009. The department seeks candidates who will establish a vigorous research and teaching program in computer graphics, scientific/information visualization, or a related field applicable to immersive, interactive, and distributed environments, working with high-dimensional data generated in scientific and artistic domains. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with artists, engineers, and scientists in an interdisciplinary environment of research, creative work, and teaching.
Media Arts and Technology (MAT) is a transdisciplinary graduate program at UCSB in both the College of Letters and Science (Division of Humanities and Fine Arts) and the College of Engineering. MAT offers Master’s and PhD degrees and has approximately 40 graduate students and 10 faculty, several with joint appointments in engineering and arts departments. Areas of expertise include human-computer interaction, electronic music and sound design, computational visual and spatial arts, and multimedia signal processing. Offices and labs are housed in the new California Nanosystems Institute building at UCSB, which includes a unique research facility called the Allosphere, a three-story spherical immersive environment.
Additional information about the department can be found at http://www.mat.ucsb.edu. Applicants are expected to hold a doctoral degree in Media Arts and Sciences, Computer Science, or a closely related field, have demonstrated excellence in research, and have a strong commitment to teaching and interdisciplinary scholarship and/or creative activity.
The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. Primary consideration will be given to applications received by December 15, 2008; however, the position will remain open until filled. Applications must include a CV, research and teaching statements, and at least three letters of reference. See http://www.mat.ucsb.edu/recruit for information on how to apply.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.
October 30th, 2008 at 8:40 am
Here’s a chance to come to UC Santa Cruz — where Michael and Noah work. A good way to put your work in the campus context, if you decide to apply, is to relate it to the DANM focus areas (such as Mechatronics and Playable Media).
The Art Department (http://art.ucsc.edu/) of the University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Electronic Art. The Electronic Media program in the Art Department offers theory and practice courses in electronic/digital media, Internet based artmaking, computer-based interactive installation, video art and robotic and kinetic sculpture. We seek an innovative electronic artist with a broad knowledge of historical and contemporary art practices, as well as a thorough understanding of technical, critical, and theoretical issues in electronic art, and a commitment to the integration of theory and practice in teaching.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach all levels of electronic art, special topics in interactive technologies, foundation courses, and art seminars. The candidate will also be required to teach in our interdisciplinary graduate program in Digital Arts/New Media, as well as assisting in the development and implementation of a proposed departmental graduate program. Therefore, experience working with graduate level students is desirable. Other representative responsibilities may include curriculum planning, course development, participation on committees, and student advising.
The Art Department is dedicated to research, teaching excellence, and its mission to serve an increasingly diverse population. It has established programs in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, intermedia, electronic art, and issues in theory and practice. Electronic Art courses utilize Art Department and Arts Division computer studio facilities that include Macintosh and PC workstations with digital video editing systems. Our program currently serves 212 undergraduate art majors and 414 pre-art majors. We seek candidates able to function in a team environment in which collaborative teaching is encouraged. 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 operates on a schedule of three 11-week academic quarters per year. Faculty members are required to teach five 5-unit courses per year, or their equivalent, in accordance with the department’s workload policy; advise and mentor students; actively engage in creative research/activity; and actively undertake administrative service for the department, and the campus.
RANK: Assistant Professor II – III.
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience and level of appointment.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a terminal degree in studio art (MFA or PhD) or equivalent professional qualifications, a strong exhibition record, demonstrated potential for teaching excellence, and an ability to communicate and work effectively with students, faculty, and administrators; and demonstrated potential for undertaking administrative service. Knowledge of the Macintosh environment is required.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience working with graduate level students desirable. Knowledge of PC environment is desirable.
POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2009
TO APPLY: To be given full consideration, applicants should submit: 1) a letter of application outlining educational background, teaching experience, and current as well as future research projects; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) documentation of recent work (in the form of CD-ROM, DVD, URL or other relevant documentation) and of student work; 4) syllabi and relevant undergraduate curriculum plans; 5) a list of at least three references whom you have asked to send confidential letters of recommendation*; and 6) a self-addressed stamped envelope, if you desire Item 3 materials returned at the end of this recruitment. Applicants are encouraged to submit a statement addressing their contributions to diversity through their research, teaching, and/or service.
*All letters will be treated as confidential documents; please direct your references to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/academic_policies_and_procedures/cappm/confstm.htm
Send all materials to:
Baskin Visual Arts
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Please refer to Position #596-09 in all correspondence.
Questions regarding the department or position may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
CLOSING DATE: Position is open until filled. Screening will begin with applications received by December 15, 2008, and continue until the position is filled during the 2008-09 academic year.
November 23rd, 2008 at 8:14 pm
Applications Due: January 5, 2009
The undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan each offer a single major at the intersection of art and design. Free of traditional concentrations, these programs challenge students to set their own pathways and undertake robust, self-defined culminating projects in their final year.
To enhance these challenging programs, we are seeking to hire up to four artists-designers whose practice is located beyond traditional disciplinarity. Applicants should have a proven record appropriate to one or more of the areas listed below, as well as a strong understanding of the history, practice, theory, and criticism of contemporary art and design.
Art-Design Technologies: an innovative practitioner with the ability to create seamless interfaces between people, digital information, and physical environments. Applicants should be able to program and prototype advanced software and engineering tools to construct complex systems. A particular emphasis on understanding the social and human dimensions of these systems is desired.
Large-Scale Sculpture/Installation: an artist- designer engaged in creating installations or large- scale sculptures. Applicants should have expertise in one or more of the following practices: site-specific concerns, the natural and/or social environment, innovative use of materials (ceramics, metals, synthetics, natural), land art or environmental issues, and the interface between digital information and the physical environment.
Painting: a bold thinker with broad definitions of painting and its role in contemporary art-design practice. Applicants should have expertise in painting, drawing, and color processes, with an understanding of how these may be used to facilitate perception and invention, as well as cultural and social inquiry.
Eco-Design: an artist-designer whose creative practice addresses the ultimate challenge of our time: the impact of human activity on the environment. Applicants should have a demonstrated record balancing pragmatic and poetic investigations of topics such as: ecology, bio-diversity, cultural sustainability, energy, consumerism, natural resources, and resource management.
Graphic Design: an artist-designer with broad definitions of how visual communication operates in both established and emerging forms. Applicants should be solidly grounded in 2D design principles with expertise in digital interactive design, kinetic typography and data visualization.
Photography: an artist-designer whose work dynamically incorporates photographic media through innovative forms. Applicants should have expertise in digital photography, and should be responsive to the cultural meaning and significance of images used within mass media, for personal expression, and for cultural critique.
Special consideration will be given to applicants who are qualified to teach courses in the history and theory of art-design, to applicants whose qualifications and interests prepare them for active engagement with other academic units at the University, and to applicants who are open to collaborative/interdisciplinary teaching, research, and creative projects.
November 24th, 2008 at 10:23 am
The Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts Department at Ithaca College
invites applications for a renewable non-tenure-eligible Assistant
Professor appointment in writing for immersive media beginning August
17, 2009. Responsibilities will include teaching writing for
videogames and interactive media as well as writing for film or
television, in addition to the development of new courses. The
candidate appointed to this position will teach 21 credit hours per
academic year and will also act as academic advisor to students and
serve on Department, School, and College committees. Reassigned time
up to one course per year for specific academic/creative proposals
may be available through College Faculty Development programs. In
addition, the Park School of Communications provides substantial
support for specific academic/creative proposals under the auspices
of the Pendleton Faculty Research and Production Grant Program.
Qualifications: MFA in script or screenwriting preferred. A terminal
degree in a related discipline and/or exceptional professional
experience will be considered. Candidate’s primary creative/research
interest should be in the area of writing for videogames and
interactive media. An ideal candidate should also demonstrate
evidence of: 1) a strong creative/professional record; 2) teaching
effectiveness appropriate for an undergraduate cinema and television
program; and 3) a commitment to teaching writing for immersive media
as a creative practice.
Interested individuals should apply online at http://www.icjobs.org
[www.icjobs.org] and attach a current curriculum vitae, a statement
of interest describing teaching, academic, and specialization, and a
list containing the names and contact information of three (3)
references. Questions about online application may be directed to the
Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-1207. Review of applications
will begin immediately and will continue until the position is
December 1st, 2008 at 9:24 am
Michael Young writes: