Tenure-Track Position in Electronic Art + Design

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Tenure-Track Position in Electronic Art + Design
(Rank: Assistant Professor)

The Department of Studio Art at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts is conducting a search for a designer/artist with an emphasis in critical design practices for the position of Assistant Professor. The Department of Studio Art offers both the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) and the Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA). The starting date for the position is flexible between Jan. 1 and July 1, 2013.

We seek an individual of international reputation working at the forefront of interdisciplinary design practices and with a proven record of engagement and collaboration with members of the public and the academy outside of their artistic disciplines.

While expertise in established design and art practices is desirable, we are interested in candidates who think expansively and critically about creative technologies and the role design will play in 21st century culture. Areas of design-related expertise of particular interest include but are not limited to: design theory and history; environment-oriented design; experiential design; interaction design; communication design; design for location-specific content, computer-aided design; 3D design for prototyping and sculpture; motion graphics and 3D modeling; and social media. Applicants need to be confident in supporting the technical demands of their area(s) but be open to experimental and critical approaches to media. Currently, the School?s facilities include a wood shop, metal shop, sculpture studio, and labs specialized for video, digital photography, gaming, mechatronics, motion capture, telematic performance, and electronic music.

Responsibilities include a teaching load split between graduate and undergraduate courses, regular administrative departmental duties, oversight of the Digital Arts Minor program, and the ability to assume a leadership position within the area.

The successful candidate will join a department with a reputation for cross-disciplinary work, critical thinking, and socially engaged practice. S/he will also join a campus environment ripe for the expansion of design-related areas. A range of interesting design initiatives have emerged around campus such as the Design Alliance from School of Humanities, and the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction (LUCI) within the School of Information and Computer Sciences. A successful candidate will be able to broaden and strengthen those ties, and build others, on campus, in the UC system and in the wider community.

MFA or PhD in Art or Design, or equivalent training
Several years of experience teaching at the post-secondary level and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, graduate supervision, and administrative service.

Interested candidates should submit the following by November 5, 2012 to:

A cover letter explaining your interest in UCI
CV, including record of exhibitions and weblinks
Statement of teaching philosophy, including a description of your strengths, both technical and theoretical.
Art/Design practice statement
Names and contact info for three recommenders

In addition, submit a portfolio of up to 25 images and other media examples, to be uploaded at:

The department seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The department and the University of California at Irvine are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents.

Salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All positions at University of California are subject to budgetary approval. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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