UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO – Visual Arts Department Faculty Position

We are currently conducting a search at UCSD for a new faculty position: an artist/cultural practitioner in computing. (We will also consider applications from people who are primarily theorists but have systematic practical engagements with digital art.) We have extended the application deadline one more week.

We seek an artist with a proven exhibition record whose work exhibits an in-depth understanding of computing and its relationship to contemporary art and its discourses. UCSD is a research university that actively promotes and supports creative work and advanced research in computing within a broadly interdisciplinary arts department that includes studio, media, and art history, theory and criticism.

UCSD boasts significant resources for research in computer arts. With the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) (, and the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) (, this includes state-of-the-art facilities for 4K Digital Cinema, a 32 wall virtual reality CAVE, motion capture and 3d laser capture, CNC and rapid prototype fabrication, multi-channel spatialized sound environments, the Experimental Game Lab and media integrated performance environments. Opportunities for developing research also include the San Diego Supercomputer Center and various cross-campus collaborations. Current members of the permanent computing arts faculty are Amy Alexander, Sheldon Brown, Jordan Crandall, Ricardo Dominguez, Adriene Jenik, Lev Manovich, and Brett Stalbaum.

Teaching will include both graduate seminars and undergraduate courses, including courses in an Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major with the department of Music.

The rank is Assistant Professor, tenure-track to Associate Professor, tenured, beginning July 1, 2008. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and based upon UC pay scales.

Candidates must demonstrate in their work and teaching a substantial engagement with the computing arts and their relationship to broader discourses of contemporary art and culture. Candidate will actively participate in the ongoing development of curriculum and facilities. Teaching will draw upon knowledge of networked cross-platform environments. Areas of expertise might include any of the following: locative media, social media, network art, digital imaging; graphics or sound programming; virtual environments; computer based installation; electronics and robotics; history and theory of new media. MFA or equivalency and teaching experience required.

Applicants are welcome to include in their cover letters a personal statement summarizing teaching experience and leadership efforts and/or contributions to diversity. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three references (do not send letters of recommendation and/or placement files) and evidence of work in the field. This evidence may be in the form of websites, DVDs, tapes, publications and/or public lectures and should be accompanied by return mailer and postage.

Computing Search Committee (Position #C-08)
University of California San Diego
Visual Arts Department
Mandeville Center (0327)
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0327

Please reference position #C-08 on all correspondence. UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff. Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986).