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21 Aug 2014

Position Opening - Assistant Professor in Sound at UC Santa Cruz

Position Opening - Assistant Professor in Sound at University of California Santa Cruz


The Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites qualified scholars and/or practitioners to apply for a tenure track position in the field of sound to be appointed at the rank of assistant professor (tenure-track).

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University of California Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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Assistant Professor in Sound

The Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites qualified scholars and/or practitioners to apply for a tenure track position in the field of sound, to be appointed at the rank of assistant professor (tenure-track). We seek a critical practitioner, theorist or historian whose research focuses on the production and/or study of sound and sonic media. Of particular interest for our curriculum would be a hybrid practitioner-scholar who will build on the Film and Digital Media Department's and Arts Division's strengths in sound practices and sound studies, broadly construed. We seek to add expertise to the department in one or more of the following areas: the practice and/or history and theory of music and/or sound in film, video, games or mobile media; sound installation; the audio essay; phonography and other aspects of audio documentation; archival sound; sound design; audio cultures.

The Film & Digital Media Department offers a Ph.D. designed to challenge traditional borders between creative and critical practice; an M.A. in Social Documentation aimed at training documentarians in creative and scholarly approaches to social change, media representation, and marginalized cultures; and a B.A. which integrates critical studies and production. Our curriculum addresses the history, theory and production of film, television, video and digital media across a range of global and historical contexts. The program currently serves approximately five hundred undergraduate majors, twenty-one doctoral students, and fifteen master's students. The Film & Digital Media Department is in the Division of the Arts, which also includes Departments of Art, History of Art and Visual Culture, Music, Theater Arts, the M.F.A. Program in Digital Arts and New Media, and Ph.D. programs in Music and Visual Studies. There are opportunities for scholarly, creative and teaching connections in these areas, as well as with colleagues and programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions and the School of Engineering where we have strong connections with the department of Computer Science and its faculty members specializing in computational narrative, cinematography and gaming. We also jointly host a markerless motion capture studio and several Kinect sensors for teaching and research related to animation and gaming.The Arts Division supports faculty research through the Arts Research Institute; the campus supports research and teaching with grants awarded by the Committee on Research, the Committee on Teaching, and other groups.

UCSC operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per academic year and the successful candidate will be expected to teach five 5-unit courses per year, or their equivalent, in accordance with the department's workload policy. These courses will mutually benefit students in Film and Digital Media, Art, Digital Art and New Media and the Computer Science departments. All members of the department are expected to advise and mentor students; maintain a program of creative and/or research activity; participate fully in administrative responsibilities for the department, affiliated college and the campus, including but not limited to committee work, outreach, development, and program building. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

RANK: Assistant Professor Step I through III

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (9-month) basis.

: Ph.D. or M.F.A. (or equivalent foreign degree); or a record of scholarly publications; or a demonstrated record of exhibitions in museums, galleries, film and new media festivals, sound art festivals, or radio.

: University teaching experience. Teaching and research that will support the department's undergraduate and graduate curricula particularly in the area of production practices.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2015. Position contingent upon final budgetary approval.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include 1) a letter of application outlining scholarly and/or creative background as well as current and future research plans; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) three samples of scholarly and/or creative work. (For creative work, please upload separate PDFs, each with a link to one sample. Please link to a specific work sample and do not exceed three individual samples. Please limit each sample of creative work to 20 minutes and each sample of written work to 5000 words or less. For works longer than 20 minutes or 5000 words, please direct the committee to a 20 min or 5000 word segment but please include the work in its entirety.); 4) teaching statement; 5) three confidential letters of recommendation*. Applicants may wish to include a statement addressing their past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. All documents uploaded to the UC Recruit online system must be in PDF format.

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Refer to Position #JPF00158-15 in all correspondence.

*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 at

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on October 13, 2014.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete, and letters of recommendation received, by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2015.

UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.

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, 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 University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (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. More information is available here or from the Academic Personnel Office (APO) at (831) 459-4300.
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