Art & Design: Games and Playable Media Program Visiting Professor Pool

  • University of California Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Art & Art History Design (all areas)

Job Description

 Art & Design: Games and Playable Media Program Visiting Professor Pool

Position overview
Position title: Visiting Assistant Professor - Visiting Professor
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: Appointments are contingent on the hiring units instructional need and the availability of funding. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments made in fall 2022 through fall quarter 2023. Initial appointments with effective dates outside of this recruitment period will require an alternative open recruitment.

Position duration: Initial appointments will be full-time, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding. Appointments made to the Visiting Professor Series are temporary and the total period of consecutive service may not exceed two years.

Application Window

Open July 1st, 2022 through Friday, Jun 16, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by June 16th, 2023, you will have until June 30th, 2023 to complete your application.

Position Description

The Art & Design: Games & Playable Media Program (AGPM) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an ongoing pool of visiting professors (at the assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor ranks). We seek candidates with a multidisciplinary orientation who are experienced with game design as both an artistic and an activist practice. Possible related areas of research and teaching might include interactive art, social practice, board games, role playing games, experimental animation, visual design, interactive audio design, interface design, and interactive narrative.

We seek experienced, accomplished artists/scholars preferably with teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. All visiting professors ranks are expected to engage in research or other creative activity; teaching; and University and public service. Selected candidates will serve as full members of the AGPM Program and must be able to work successfully with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds.

Candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service are strongly encouraged to apply.

AGPM Community Values Statement:
As a community we are committed to equity, inclusion, social & environmental justice. As an intersectional feminist program, we recognize this is a process that must be grounded in shared leadership & radical gentleness.
In our work as students, faculty and staff we embody the values of honesty, kindness and critical thinking while maintaining a nurturing environment with a specific focus on health and wellbeing, critical consciousness and growth.
We are committed to sustaining a program that is pro-LGBTQ+, anti-racist and anti-oppression. This work requires a proactive approach to sustainability and accountability, and ultimately relies on our shared experience and solidarity.

Internal candidates will be given priority consideration.

Art & Design: Games and Playable Media Program:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Terminal degree in an area of expertise related to game design (or equivalent foreign degree) or a demonstrated record of accomplishment and creative work in the field as evidenced by released games, exhibition, and performance of games at conferences, festivals, museums and galleries, nomination for major awards, recognition in the press, and/or publication and critical discussion in the press, journals and other means of presentation.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching - Teaching Statement that clearly outlines your teaching experience and teaching interests.
  • Sample of Your Work (1 of 3 required) - Upload materials as PDFs. For interactive work, upload a PDF with a description and link to the work.
  • Sample of Your of Work (2 of 3 required) - Upload materials as PDFs. For interactive work, upload a PDF with a description and link to the work.
  • Sample of Your Work (3 of 3 required) - Upload materials as PDFs. For interactive work, upload a PDF with a description and link to the work.
  • Sample of Your Work - Upload materials as PDFs. For interactive work, upload a PDF with a description and link to the work.
  • Sample of Your Work - Upload materials as PDFs. For interactive work, upload a PDF with a description and link to the work.
  • 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 before preparing their application.
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation*. 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 UCSCs confidentiality statement at
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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the Universitys equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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