August 13, 2013

Call for applications: Assistant Professor in Animation, Department of Film and Digital Media

University of California, Santa Cruz
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The Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites Filmmakers and Media Artists to apply for a tenure-track position in the field of animation, to be appointed at the rank of assistant professor. We seek to hire an individual who is making an ongoing contribution to the advancement of experimental forms of documentary, narrative, and/or media arts and design practices and who will add to the department’s strengths in the criticism and the creation of socially engaged fiction and nonfiction work. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a broad understanding of the scholarly fields of animation studies, critical histories of animation (including documentary animation), film and media theory, and visual art practices. We have a strong interest in candidates with expertise in bridging areas of animation, visual art, interactive media, and gaming technologies. Areas of research and teaching might include 2D, 3D CGI, Stop-Motion and/or digital animation, character animation, immersive interactive installations, virtual environments, mobile platforms, and convergences of design, media arts, science, and technology.

The Film & Digital Media Department offers a Ph.D. designed to challenge traditional borders between creative and critical practice; an M.A. in Social Documentation aimed at training documentarians in creative and scholarly approaches to social change, media representation, and marginalized cultures; and a B.A. which emphasizes both critical studies and production. 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 M.F.A. Program in Digital Arts and New Media, and Ph.D. 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. We also jointly host a markerless motion capture studio and several Kinect sensors for teaching and research related to animation 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

Basic qualifications: M.F.A. in relevant field of study or a demonstrated record of exhibition in museums, galleries, film and new media festivals, public television and/or publications

Preferred qualifications: University teaching experience

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Closing date: Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2013

To apply: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include 1) a letter of application outlining scholarly and creative background as well as current and future research plans; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) three samples of creative work. (Please upload PDFs with links to specific samples of moving image or other creative work.); 4) Sample of research paper, article or other publication (optional); 5) teaching statement (optional); 5) three confidential letters of recommendation.* Applicants are invited to submit a statement addressing their contributions to diversity through research, teaching and/or service. All documents uploaded to the UC Recruit online system must be in PDF format.

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.

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