Job: 4 Positions in Computational Media at UCSC (game design and more)

Noah Wardrip-Fruin writes:

I’m happy to share that UC Santa Cruz is currently searching for four faculty members in areas of computational media (and we expect to announce another soon).

# Game Design – Assistant Professor

Initial review: January 6th, 2016

Work with faculty Robin Hunicke, Susana Ruiz, Soraya Murray, and others to establish a new area of games excellence in the Arts at UC Santa Cruz and launch a new interdisciplinary BA in games. Applicants should have a multidisciplinary orientation, experience with game design as both a technological and artistic practice, and ability to work with undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The ideal candidate sees games as an expressive practice, demonstrating a broad understanding of the scholarly fields of games studies and experimental game design, critical histories of games, and visual art practices.

# Generative Methods – Assistant Professor

Initial review: January 8th, 2016

Work with the Computational Media faculty (Katherine Isbister, Arnav Jhala, Sri Kurniawan, Michael Mateas, Marilyn Walker, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, and Jim Whitehead) to bring together innovative technology research with practices of design and interpretation. Applicants should have an established research record in one or more aspects of generative methods, including (but not limited to): procedural content generation for games (levels, art assets, non-player character AI, virtual worlds, etc.), procedural generation of complete games or game-like experiences, computational creativity, procedural computer graphics techniques, mixed initiative creativity support systems, artificial life and artificial life based media experiences, computational cinematography, computational arts and crafts, parametric design, generative music for games or computational media experiences, procedural generation of language or narrative in media experiences.

# Program Director – Associate Professor

Initial review: January 4th, 2016

The Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) MFA program seeks a tenured faculty member who will also serve as the DANM Program Director. Work with faculty from across the Arts (and across campus) and with program staff to guide this interdisciplinary graduate program into its second decade. We seek an established creative practitioner and/or scholar with an active research profile, international reputation, and extensive record of exhibition, performance, and/or publication. We welcome candidates with research expertise from a wide range of areas in digital arts and new media.

# History of Digital Media – Assistant Professor

Initial review: December 15th, 2015

The History of Art and Visual Culture Department seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in the history and theory of one or more of the following areas: Internet culture, video games, digital imaging and design, social media, and related applications. Priority will be placed on hiring an interdisciplinary scholar who attends to the visual culture of digital media and analytically examines the social and historical contexts of its emergence. We welcome applications from scholars who specialize in any national or geographic area.


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