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Art & Design: Games and Playable Media Program Lecturer Pool

Position overview

Position title: Art & Design Games and Playable Media Pre-six Lecturer
Salary range: A reasonable estimate for an appointment to teach a standard five-credit course is $10,186 - $10,807 (based on salary points 8-10), please see the UCSC Salary Scales and refer to the Non-senate Instructional (NSI) Unit 18 Pre-six Lecturer Academic Year scale. Instructional Workload Credit (IWC) valuation may vary, and the course salary will be adjusted accordingly. Compensation for Summer Session courses may vary from courses taught during the academic year (see Summer Session Faculty and Lecturer Pay).
Percent time: Variable, based on the course load assigned.
Anticipated start: Appointments are contingent on the hiring unit’s instructional need and the availability of funding. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments made in fall quarter 2023 through fall quarter 2024. Initial appointments with effective dates outside of this recruitment period will require an alternative open recruitment.
Position duration: Appointments are typically made during one or more quarters of the regular academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters), but they may also be made during Summer Session.

Application Window

Open date: June 21, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Jul 21, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 14, 2024 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 Art and Design: Games and Playable Media Program (AGPM) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an ongoing pool of lecturers who may be appointed to teach during the academic year or Summer Session. We seek applications from outstanding candidates who are practicing artists and distinctive designers, and who have experience teaching game design at the college or university level. We have a preference for candidates with multidisciplinary orientation bridging areas of games and interactive art, which includes digital video games, interactive environment design, alternative physical interfaces, performance-based games, sound design, etc. In addition, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a broad understanding of the scholarly fields of game design, critical game studies, and the history and aesthetics of play. Possible related areas of research and teaching might include interactive art and installations, performance, and game design as social practice. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching.

Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: University teaching experience; a notable exhibition record, with professional experience in contemporary practice of game design and playable media, which may include interactive installation and sculpture, digital video, animation, social media, sound art and physical computing, and application development; a working knowledge of standard digital tools and software along with knowledge of current theories and practices in the field.

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 and Design:Games and Playable Media Program:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

M.F.A. or Ph.D. (practice or research based) in a field of study relevant to the advertised position: or four years of equivalent professional experience in artistic and creative work consisting of national and/or international record of performances, exhibitions, or installations in museums, galleries, festivals, or alternative venues engaging the general public. Equivalent foreign degrees will be considered.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that addresses game design and/or scholarly background.

  • Course Description #1 - Description of a large lecture or studio course that you have taught.

  • Course Description #2 - Description of a large lecture or studio course that you have taught.

  • Course Description #3 - Description of a large lecture or studio course that you have taught.

  • Example of Design and/or Game Work (Optional)

  • Example of Design and/or Game Work (Optional)

  • Example of Design and/or Game Work (Optional)

  • Example of Design and/or Game Work (Optional)

  • Example of Design and/or Game Work (Optional)

  • 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.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 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 UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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Santa Cruz, California