Art & Design: Games and Playable Media Program: Assistant Teaching Professor (open until filled, initial review 2.8.21)
The Art & Design: Games & Playable Media Program (http://games.arts.ucsc.edu/) (AGPM) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites candidates working in Games and Playable Media to apply for an Assistant Teaching Professor position.
The BA program in AGPM is a highly interdisciplinary program with curricular and faculty ties to Art, Feminist Studies, and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Theater Arts and the MFA in Digital Art and New Media. AGPM BA students form a shared cohort throughout their undergraduate years with students in UCSC's Computer Science: Computer Game Design Bachelor of Science program, and collaborate on the creation of digital and nondigital games during that time. Faculty in this position will be teaching game design, digital art, and critical practices to students from both Engineering and Art backgrounds who have an interest in games. Candidates who will contribute significantly to pro-LGBTQ+, anti-racist, and anti-oppression pedagogy for games, play, and performance are highly desirable. The ideal candidate has an expressive game-making practice, and demonstrates a broad understanding of the scholarly fields of games studies and experimental game design, critical histories of games, and visual art practices. We have a preference for candidates with a multidisciplinary orientation, who are experienced with game design as both a technological and artistic practice. In addition, we seek a candidate with evidence of inclusive teaching practices who can work with undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplinary and sociocultural backgrounds. Possible related areas of teaching might include experimental animation, visual design, interactive audio design, interface design, interactive narrative, and media art. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who share these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first generation students. To be considered, candidates must understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education, and, through teaching, research, professional activity and/or creative practice, demonstrate effective strategies which support the recruitment and success of underrepresented groups in creative, professional, and/or scholarly fields. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process.
The campus currently operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per academic year. This appointment will reside in the Arts Division (http://arts.ucsc.edu/). The expected quantity of teaching will generally be higher for teaching professors, with a nominal instructional workload of six five-unit classes per year, although reduced course loads may be given for various administrative duties. Research/creative activity may be in the form of peer-reviewed publications, artistic performance or exhibits, and may also be in the form of invited and contributed presentations. Traditional research is not required or expected, and this category may also be met with scholarly or professional work related to pedagogy, teaching, and student learning. Faculty in the Teaching Professor (Lecturer with Security of Employment) series are evaluated in a process that parallels that of ladder (tenure/tenure-track) faculty, with slightly different criteria. Campus policy lists the performance areas for evaluation as: (1) Teaching excellence, (2) Professional and/or scholarly achievement and activity, including creative activity, and (3) University and public service. For more details, see the campus memo on Guidance for evaluation of Teaching Professors and for the application of the campus Special Salary Practice
ACADEMIC TITLE Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (001680) Tenure-track
SALARY Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS Applicants must have terminal degree in an area of expertise related to Game Design (or equivalent foreign degree) or a demonstrated record of accomplishment and creative work in the field as evidenced by released games, exhibition, and performance of games at conferences, festivals, museums and galleries, nomination for major awards, recognition in the press, and/or publication and critical discussion in the press, journals and other means of presentation. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 30 2021.
POSITION AVAILABLE July 1, 2021, with the academic year beginning in September 2021. Degree requirements must be met by June 30 2021 for employment effective July 1 2021. Position contingent on budgetary approval.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.
*Initial applicant screens will focus only on these elements: Teaching Statement and the Statement of Contributions to Diversity. Please review the guidelines on the elements of a good diversity statement and the search committee's rubric for assessing diversity statements
Reference Requirement Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation, two of which must be from experienced instructors**. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.
**All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UC Santa Cruz's confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
RECRUITMENT PERIOD Full consideration will be given to applications completed by 2/8/21.
Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.
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