Performance, Play & Design: Games for Transformational Racial Justice, Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (Initial Review 11.21.22)
University of California Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
June 30, 2023
Post date: September 26, 2022

Performance, Play & Design: Games for Transformational Racial Justice, Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (Initial Review 11.21.22)



Position overview
Position title: Games for Transformational Racial Justice (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023. Degree requirements must be met by September 15, 2023 for employment effective beyond that date.

Application Window

Open date: September 22, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Nov 21, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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 filled.

Position Description

The Department of Performance, Play & Design, which includes the Art & Design: Games & Playable Media BA Program (AGPM) ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites candidates working in games, performance, and new media to apply for an open-rank position in Games for Transformational Racial Justice. We are particularly looking for artists making games which are at the intersection of anti-racist, feminist and LGBTQ games. This hire will play a major role in expanding our practice-based curriculum and help guide a diverse community of creative practitioners.

This one of a kind, uniquely interdisciplinary department blends faculty in Theater, Performance Studies, Dance, Game Design, Digital Art, Music and Interactive Media to create a shared environment for creative research at the forefront of performance, play, and design in the fields of digital and analog games, digital art, digital performance and interactive media, with a focus on social justice. Within this context, faculty continue to grow the Art & Design: Games and Playable Media program to develop innovative approaches to game design and game creation, to encourage artistic and experimental approaches to play, and to engage with contemporary issues of justice and critical approaches to play and interactivity in order to push the bounds of interactive media.

AGPM faculty teach and collaborate across the university, with ties to Art, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Feminist Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Film and Digital Media, Music, and Digital Art and New Media. The program is committed to pedagogies which are anti-racist, feminist, LGBTQ+ affirming, and value the lived experiences of historically oppressed people. Faculty in this position will be teaching analog and digital game design, digital art, and critical design practices to students from both the Arts Division and the School of Engineering who have a shared interest in games.

The ideal candidate has an established artistic and critical practice with national and/or international impact, demonstrates prominence, or promise, in the field of games for transformational racial justice, and engages with a teaching philosophy that allows students to take creative risks and discover their unique voice. The ideal candidate approaches games as both an artistic and activist 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: Black aesthetics and anti-racist games; games as art and activism; queer and trans games; feminist games; virtual environments and ecological games; visual, audio, interface and narrative design; games as social practice; and the physical and embodied connection to play. In addition, we seek a candidate with evidence of inclusive teaching practices who can work with undergraduate and graduate students from diverse academic and sociocultural backgrounds. The successful candidate will engage in service at the program, department and campus wide levels, with particular focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion service, including recruiting more diverse faculty. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion (please see and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to advance these values. See the AGPM program community values statement here: UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-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 and marginalized groups in creative, professional, and/or scholarly fields. In addition to encouraging participation in robust departmental, divisional, and campus mentoring, the campus offers a Faculty Community Networking Program ( Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. The rubric that we will use to evaluate the statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion is available here:

This recruitment is supported by the UC Office of the President’s Advancing Faculty Diversity program and includes enhanced funding for faculty projects that contribute to diversity and to creating an inclusive climate. 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.

The campus currently operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per academic year. This appointment will reside in the Arts Division ( with a nominal instructional workload of four five-unit classes per year, although reduced course loads may be given for various administrative duties. Research/creative activity may be in the form of peer-reviewed publications, published games, interactive performance or exhibits, and may also be in the form of invited and contributed presentations.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Terminal degree (MFA or PhD), equivalent foreign degree, or equivalent experience in the field is required. Candidates who do not hold a terminal degree will be considered if they meet the remaining criteria and have at least 6 years of experience as an exhibiting artist. Applicants must have a record of research and / or creative production as evidenced by contribution to the fields of digital and analog games, interactive and participatory art and a demonstrated record of teaching in higher education as evidenced by classroom experience. Degree requirements expected to be completed by September 15, 2023.

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
  • Portfolio of published/completed games - Include a description of each work
  • Statement of teaching - Teaching statement describing teaching interests, teaching philosophy, and professional achievements and activities
  • Statement of creative practice and research** - 1-2 pages outlining significant projects as evidence for your vision, process, methodologies, and values
  • 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.

    **Given our department’s focus on decolonial approaches to teaching, research, and service, our first round of review will be solely based on (1) the statement of creative practice and research and (2) the statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education, and who have engaged in teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote equity, justice, and anti-racist decolonial practice. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate effective strategies that support the recruitment and success of underrepresented scholars and students. The rubric that we will use to evaluate the statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion is available here: Please review the guidelines on the elements of a good diversity statement and the search committee’s rubric for assessing diversity statements

  • Teaching evaluations (if available) (Optional)
  • Teaching evaluations (if available) (Optional)
  • Teaching evaluations (if available) (Optional)
  • Sample course materials – syllabi, handouts, etc. (1 of 2 required)
  • Sample course materials – syllabi, handouts, etc. (2 of 2 required)
  • Sample course materials – syllabi, handouts, etc. (Optional)
  • Sample course materials – syllabi, handouts, etc. (Optional)
  • Writing sample (Optional)
  • Images of student work (Optional)


Reference requirements



  • 3 required (contact information only)

To acknowledge and reduce the labor involved in acquiring letters of recommendation, we are not requiring them at this first stage of the application process. Applicants are advised to speak to potential recommenders in anticipation of a future letter submission request should they advance to the next round of this search. Applicants must provide three 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. Please 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
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