The Department of Art at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts is conducting a search for a designer/artist with an emphasis in critical design practices for the position of Assistant Professor. The Department of Art offers both the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) and the Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA). The effective starting date for the position is flexible between January 1, 2013 and July 1, 2013.
We are seeking an individual of international reputation working at the forefront of interdisciplinary design practices and with a proven record of engagement and collaboration with members of the public and the academy outside of their artistic disciplines.
While expertise in established design and art practices is desirable, we are interested in candidates who think expansively and critically about creative technologies and the role design will play in 21st century culture. Areas of design-related expertise of particular interest include but are not limited to: design theory and history; environment-oriented design; experiential design; interaction design; communication design; design for location-specific content, computer-aided design; 3D design for prototyping and sculpture; motion graphics and 3D modeling; and social media. Applicants need to be confident in supporting the technical demands of their area(s) but be open to experimental and critical approaches to media. Currently, the School’s facilities include a wood shop, metal shop, sculpture studio, and labs specialized for video, digital photography, gaming, mechatronics, motion capture, telematic performance, and electronic music.
Responsibilities include a teaching load split between graduate and undergraduate courses, regular administrative departmental duties, oversight of the Digital Arts Minor program, and the ability to assume a leadership position within the area.
The successful candidate will join a department with a reputation for cross- disciplinary work, critical thinking, and socially engaged practice. S/he will also join a campus environment ripe for the expansion of design-related areas. A range of interesting design initiatives have emerged around campus such as the Design Alliance from School of Humanities, and the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction (LUCI) within the School of Information and Computer Sciences. A successful candidate will be able to broaden and strengthen those ties, and build others, on campus, in the UC system and in the wider community.
Qualifications: MFA or PhD in Art or Design, or equivalent training; several years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level; and strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, graduate supervision, and administrative service.
Applicants must submit the following by November 5, 2012:
1) A cover letter explaining interested in UCI;
2) CV, including record of exhibitions and weblinks;
3) Statement of teaching philosophy, including a description of your strengths, both technical and theoretical;
4) Art/Design practice statement; and
5) Names and contact information for three recommenders,
In addition, applicants must also submit a portfolio of up to 25 images and other media samples to be uploaded at: https://ctsa.slideroom.com.
UCI is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and other under-represented groups. UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples and is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of an NSF Advance Award for gender equity. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All positions at University of California are subject to budgetary approval.