Position title: Professor of Game Design
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic
year (nine-month basis).
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with academic year beginning September
Open date: October 7th, 2021
Next review date: Monday, Dec 6, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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
The Art & Design: Games & Playable Media Program (AGPM) at the University of
California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a full Professor rank
(tenured) position in the field of experimental game design, creative
practice, and interactive experience design. We invite candidates working at
the conjunction of games, performance, and new media to apply. This
recruitment opens simultaneously to the launch of AGPM's newly-formed home
department: Performance, Play & Design (PPD). This new, senior-level faculty
position will play a leading role in designing and expanding our innovative
practice-based curricula to ensure that it meets the needs of our diverse
community of creative scholars and makers.
Among academic institutions, PPD is a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary
department that blends faculty in theater, performance studies, dance, game
design, digital art, and interactive media to create a shared environment for
creative research at the forefront of these fields. Within this context,
faculty continue to grow the popular AGPM program to develop original
approaches to game design and game creation, to encourage subjective and
experimental approaches to play, and to engage with contemporary issues of
justice and critical approaches to games and interactivity in order to push
the bounds of immersive media.
The successful candidate for this position has an established game-making
practice of national and/or international impact, demonstrates prominence in
the field of game design, and engages in a teaching philosophy that allows
students to take creative risks and discover their distinctive voice. The
ideal candidate approaches games as both a technological and artistic practice
and demonstrates a deep understanding of the fields of game design and game
studies. We have a preference for candidates with a multidisciplinary
orientation that includes areas such as: digital art and animation; theater
and performance studies; visual, audio, interface and narrative design; the
physical and embodied connection to play; the capacity for games to engage us
in new ways of thinking; and critical histories and theories of games and new
media. In addition, we seek a candidate with evidence of inclusive teaching
practices who works effectively with undergraduate and graduate students from
diverse academic and sociocultural backgrounds. Applicants from historically
excluded groups are especially encouraged to apply.
The program is committed to radical pedagogies which are anti-racist, LGBTQ+
affirming, and value the lived experiences of historically oppressed people.
AGPM students form a shared cohort with students in the Computer Science: Game
Design B.S. program, frequently collaborating on the creation of analog and
digital games. The faculty member in this position will be teaching game
design, digital art, and critical design practices to students from both the
Arts Division and the Baskin School of Engineering that have a shared interest
in games. AGPM faculty teach and collaborate across the university, with ties
to Art, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Feminist Studies, Critical Race and
Ethnic Studies, and Digital Art and New Media.
UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to
hiring faculty who share these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving
Institution with a high proportion of first-generation students. To be
considered, candidates must understand the barriers facing historically
oppressed groups in higher education, and, through teaching, research,
professional activity and/or creative practice, demonstrate effective
strategies which support the recruitment and success of underrepresented
groups in creative, professional, and/or scholarly fields. Activities
promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as
important university service during the faculty promotion process. An example
of the rubric that we will use to evaluate the statement of contributions to
diversity, equity and inclusion can be viewed at
https: // apo.ucsc.edu/policy/communications/docs/ucsc-
The campus currently operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per
academic year. In accordance with the department's workload policy, PPD
faculty are required to:
Teach the equivalent of four five-unit courses classes per year.
Mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students, including
overseeing student projects/research.
Maintain an active profile of ongoing creative research. UC Santa Cruz is
a Research 1 University.
Contribute service to the department, Arts Division, and university at
The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that
they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary
proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor
have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic
institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this
representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring
Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have
received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary
process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a
negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated
Performance, Play & Design: https:// games.arts.ucsc.edu/
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
MFA or PhD (or equivalent foreign degree) in experimental games design,
interactive experience design, or a relevant creative practice; or a minimum
of eight years of industry experience relevant to the advertised position.
Record of research and /or creative production.
Teaching experience in higher education.
Research / Artisitic Statement
Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion -
Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing
traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future
contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and
professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines
on statements (see https: // apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html) before preparing
Our initial screening of applications will focus only on these document
requirements: Research/Artistic Statement and the Statement of Contributions
to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Please review the guidelines on the
elements of a good diversity statement and the standard rubric for assessing
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your
qualifications and interest in the position.
Portfolio of Published/Completed Games - Please provide a PDF document
with descriptions and URL links to your games.
Statement of Teaching - Statement describing your teaching interests,
teaching philosophy, and professional achievements and activities.
Sample Work of Current/Previous Students - As evidence of successful
instruction, provide one PDF document with brief descriptions and URL
links to ten images of work completed by your current or previous
Writing Sample (Optional)
3-5 required (contact information only)
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references.
The hiring unit will request confidential letters from the references of
those applicants who are under serious consideration. Note that your
references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters
directly to the UC Recruit System.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California
policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third
party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's
confidentiality statement at https:// apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
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