Assistant Professor position in Art - Computational Crafts and Haptic Media
University of California, Santa Barbara, College of Letters & Science - Humanities and Fine Arts - Art
United States

Assistant Professor position in Art - Computational Crafts and Haptic Media


  • College of Letters & Science - Humanities and Fine Arts - Art



Open date: November 26th, 2018
Last review date: January 26th, 2019

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019

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.


The Department of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Art - Computational Crafts and Haptic Media beginning July 1, 2019.


We seek an accomplished artist with a proven track record working at the intersection of physical and digital media. The successful candidate will have a clearly articulated art practice and demonstrated expertise in the integration of computer programming with traditional craft and hands-on making skills. We will consider qualified applicants working in a wide range of areas, including though not limited to: digital and hybrid fabrication, multi-sensory feedback, physical and wearable computing, 3D modeling and 3D printing, micro-electronics and circuit design, sensing, smart materials, e-textiles, biomimetics, and speculative design.


Applicants should have a strong commitment to teaching and an enthusiasm for alerting students to the multiple possibilities opened up for young artists in at least one of these emergent, fast-evolving fields of study. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in curriculum development and will design and teach a wide variety of courses ranging from undergraduate studio classes and large undergraduate lecture courses to advanced graduate seminars.


The Department of Art offers BA and MFA degrees in Art and interdisciplinary minors in Digital Art and Public Art within the dynamic setting of a world-class research university. We provide contemporary, traditional, multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to artistic production and are committed to creative research that investigates the relationship between practice and inquiry within the larger context of historical and contemporary cultural concerns (see The successful candidate will find ample opportunities for collaboration with faculty and students in other departments across campus and in programs affiliated with the Department of Art such as Media Arts Technology (MAT), a graduate program situated across the College of Engineering and the College of Letters & Science (Humanities and Fine Arts Division) and the College of Creative Studies (CCS) which offers undergraduate research foci in Art, Biology, Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Writing and Composition.


Applicants are expected to have an MFA, MA or MS in ART a relevant field by the time of application. The program is interested in applications with demonstrated excellence in practice, research and teaching to complement the department’s strengths in art making and theory. The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. We strongly encourage applicants to submit an optional Contributions to Diversity Statement. The University of California is committed to excellence and equity in every facet of its mission and strives to recognize contributions in all areas of faculty achievement that promote equal opportunity and diversity. These contributions to diversity and equal opportunity can take a variety of forms including efforts to advance equitable access to education, public service that addresses the needs of California’s diverse population, research in the area of expertise that highlights inequalities, and/or mentoring and advising of students, particularly from underrepresented and underserved populations.


To apply:
Application and all materials must be submitted electronically via For primary consideration apply by January 7, 2019. 

The online application will require:
A cover letter
Curriculum vitae including full contact information (resume)
A research/creative philosophy statement
A teaching statement
Three sample syllabi or teaching outlines (realized or potential)
A document with links to project documentation and publications 
Arrange for three to five letters of reference 

Inquiries about your application may be directed to The subject line of the email must clearly state the position for which the applicant is applying. This position is open until filled.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Santa Barbara, CA



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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research /Creative Philosophy

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - A statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.


  • A document with links to project documentation and publications

  • Sample Syllabi or Teaching Outlines - (realized or potential)

  • Sample Syllabi or Teaching Outlines - (realized or potential)

  • Sample Syllabi or Teaching Outlines - (realized or potential)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required



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