August 21, 2014

Seeking an Assistant Professor in Sound, Department of Film and Digital Media

University of California, Santa Cruz
Jim Mackenzie, Bike Path through the Great Meadow, 2005. Digital photograph edited, 1024 x 443 px. © UC Regents, all rights reserved.

The Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites qualified scholars and/or practitioners to apply for a tenure-track position in the field of sound, to be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track). We seek a critical practitioner, theorist or historian whose research focuses on the production and/or study of sound and sonic media. Of particular interest for our curriculum would be a hybrid practitioner-scholar who will build on the Film and Digital Media Department’s and Arts Division’s strengths in sound practices and sound studies, broadly construed.

The Film & Digital Media Department offers a PhD designed to challenge traditional borders between creative and critical practice; an MA in Social Documentation aimed at training documentarians in creative and scholarly approaches to social change, media representation, and marginalized cultures; and a BA which integrates critical studies and production. Our curriculum addresses the history, theory and production of film, television, video and digital media across a range of global and historical contexts. The program currently serves approximately 500 undergraduate majors, 21  Doctoral students, and 15 Master’s students. The Film & Digital Media Department is in the Division of the Arts, which also includes Departments of Art, History of Art and Visual Culture, Music, Theater Arts, the MFA program in Digital Arts and New Media, and PhD programs in Music and Visual Studies. There are opportunities for scholarly, creative and teaching connections in these areas, as well as with colleagues and programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions and the School of Engineering, where we have strong connections with the department of Computer Science and its faculty members specializing in computational narrative, cinematography and gaming. The Arts Division supports faculty research through the Arts Research Institute; the campus supports research and teaching with grants awarded by the Committee on Research, the Committee on Teaching, and other groups.

Rank: Assistant Professor Step I through III

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month) basis.

Basic qualifications: PhD or MFA (or equivalent foreign degree); or a record of scholarly publications; or a demonstrated record of exhibitions in museums, galleries, film and new media festivals, sound art festivals, or radio.

Preferred qualifications: University teaching experience. Teaching and research that will support the department’s undergraduate and graduate curricula, particularly in the area of production practices.

Download the full job description here.


To apply: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include:
– a letter of application outlining scholarly and/or creative background as well as current and future research plans
– curriculum vitae
– three samples of scholarly and/or creative work. For creative work, please upload separate PDFs, each with a link to one sample. Please link to a specific work sample and do not exceed three individual samples. Please limit each sample of creative work to 20 minutes and each sample of written work to 5,000 words or less for works longer than 20 minutes or 5,000 words, please direct the committee to a 20-minute or 5,000-word segment but please include the work in its entirety.
– teaching statement
– three confidential letters of recommendation.

Applicants may wish to include a statement addressing their past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. All documents uploaded to the UC Recruit online system must be in PDF format.

Apply here. 
Refer to Position #JPF00158-15 in all correspondence.

Review of applications will begin on October 13.


The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, committed to excellence through diversity. We strive to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.



University of California, Santa Cruz, seeks an Assistant Professor in Sound

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