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Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor – Games and VR/AR/XR/Animation

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 26th, 2019
Next review date: Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Monday, Jan 6, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Description

The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) within the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate professor position in the area of Games and VR/AR/XR/Animation. We are especially interested in candidates whose work is socially, critically, or theoretically motivated. Ideal candidates should have an approach that is both conceptually and formally strong, and engaged with experimentation and use of current tools, technologies and processes. We are seeking applicants who would contribute to the diversity of the department, enhancing its offerings not only with superior technical and artistic skills, but also with cross-cultural perspectives. The candidate would contribute to further developing the UCLA Game Lab, a creative research lab situated between the School of Arts and Architecture and the School of Theater, Film and Television; and work to advance the Lab’s mission to merge artistic and design practice, social responsibility, and cultural inquiry with gaming and related fields, such as live performance based games, virtual reality, digital puppetry, mixed reality installation, location based augmented reality, autonomous or networked virtual environments, motion capture and photogrammetry. Candidates must have a Master’s Degree and a strong record of professional achievement; evidence of teaching is recommended.

The responsibilities of the position involve teaching three studio courses at the undergraduate level and leading two graduate level seminars per academic year consisting of Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, and developing independent research and creative activity appropriate for advancement within the University of California.

We seek candidates whose experience in teaching, research, professional activity, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Service within the department and university are expected as part of this position.

Design Media Arts (DMA) is a multidisciplinary department dedicated to design and media art. Led by an internationally renowned faculty, DMA fosters creative exploration and innovative research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Embracing strategies ranging from media arts production to interactive motion graphics, print to video to game design to generative software, public arts practices to media archeology to digital humanities, the curriculum is technologically innovative and intellectually rigorous.

We are actively encouraging assistant professor level applications. The level of appointment will be determined by the candidate’s qualifications and professional experience. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

For more about the department, please visit: http://dma.ucla.edu.

APPLICATION:
Applications must include the following:

1) One-page cover letter with a description of creative research and teaching experience.

2) Personal statement that discusses the applicant's artistic and educational philosophy and approach to teaching.

3) Curriculum vitae.

4) Evidence of teaching effectiveness. As applicable, please include evaluations, syllabi, and examples of student work.

5) A statement with a description of past or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Contributions to diversity might include teaching, mentoring, research, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarship environment and/or increasing access or participation of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

6) A portfolio that is specifically curated for the search committee, prioritized with your most accomplished work, and includes, as appropriate, documentation of your artwork, your own writings or statements, and notable reviews or articles discussing your work. This can be an on-line link to a web site or PDF format file.

7) Names and contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone number) of three professional references. (Letters of recommendation are not requested at this time).

The School of the Arts and Architecture is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body in response to the changing population and educational needs of the City of Los Angeles, State of California, and the nation. The Department of Art values intellectual, cultural, and creative inquiry. Personal qualities such as originality and initiative are important assets that will contribute to a successful application. Applicants who would make meaningful and unique contributions to the intellectual and social interchanges within the profession are especially encouraged to apply.

UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The department is seeking outstanding candidates with the potential for exceptional research, and excellence in teaching, and also a clear commitment to enhancing the diversity of the faculty, graduate student population, and of the majors in the School of Arts and Architecture.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Job location

Los Angeles, CA

Learn More

More information about this recruitment: http://dma.ucla.edu/

Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - One-page cover letter with a description of creative research and teaching experience.

  • Personal Statement - Personal statement that discusses the applicant's artistic and educational philosophy and approach to teaching.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness - As applicable, please include evaluations, syllabi, and examples of student work.

  • Portfolio - Portfolio specifically curated for the search committee, prioritized with your most accomplished work and includes documentation of your artwork, your writings and notable reviews or articles discussing your work. Can be a link to a website or a PDF file.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)