Assistant Professor in Digital Media & Spatial Arts (Digital Materiality)

Assistant Professor in Digital Media & Spatial Arts (Digital Materiality)

Job no: 534043
Location: San José State University, San José, California, USA
Categories: Unit 3 – CFA – California Faculty Association, Faculty – Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. 
Anticipated hiring academic year annual salary range: $85,000 – $90,000. Faculty employee benefits are very competitive
for the higher education sector. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August, 2024

Application Deadline: January 8, 2024 – Applications are accepted until the position is filled or closed.

The Department of Art and Art History in the College of Humanities and the Arts at San José State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position jointly supported by the Spatial Art and the Digital Media Art programs with an emphasis in hybrid Digital and Material practices with specializations in digital fabrication, CNC processes, interactive installation, and digital performance. The successful candidate will possess critical and art historical knowledge combined with a contemporary creative practice focused on the aesthetic, conceptual, and technical production of hybrid digital and material artworks. This position’s primary advising role will serve Digital Media Art students. The candidate will be responsible for developing a shared curriculum supported by both the Digital Media Art and Spatial Art programs. The ideal candidate will engage existing courses and resources that are currently shared by the Design Department and the Department of Art & Art History as well as digital fabrication resources that serve the College of Humanities and Arts as a whole.

Serving BA, BFA, and MFA students, a key part of this role will include the development and instruction of new courses that focus on emerging trends at the intersection of digital and three-dimensional art making processes. Additionally, these research and teaching expectations will serve to support multidisciplinary art, innovation, and technology initiatives within the department and across the university. The ideal candidate will also possess experience with multidisciplinary collaboration across the arts and sciences to address aesthetic, social, and cultural trends in digital media art and technology.

Founded in 1911, the Department of Art and Art History remains one of the oldest, most comprehensive, and most affordable fine arts schools in western United States and more specifically within the state of California. San José State University is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in downtown San José, CA, the tenth largest city in the United States and the hub of Silicon Valley. The Art and Art History Department is strategically located in close proximity to some of the major research institutions located in the Bay Area like the Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley among others. The city, and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area recognize and support art, creativity, and technology as cornerstones for regional development. As a major contributor to the artistic life of the area, the University frequently partners with the city to bring art programs to the area. The location also provides easy access to the thriving art community of San Francisco and Oakland to the north and the expansive art market and cultural venues of Los Angeles to the south.

The Department of Art and Art History offers a unique combination of award-winning faculty and staff, outstanding facilities, and a wide range of focus areas, including traditional and digital media arts, art history and visual culture, and curatorial studies. Our acclaimed network of alumni, curators, artists, teachers, historians, and arts professionals represent the very best of what the Bay Area has to offer, providing our students with the opportunity to build a robust practice within a chosen discipline. Committed faculty and staff provide students access to our “best-in-the-west” education and facilities, generated through invaluable professional and personal relationships offered within a welcoming and supportive community; a dynamic student gallery system; a weekly lecture series showcasing renowned artists, thinkers and critics; the professionally-curated and endowed Thompson Gallery, with its groundbreaking exhibitions; a cutting edge curriculum; extensive facilities, including darkrooms, a foundry, glass facilities, and state-of-the art computer and digital fabrication labs; and professional development opportunities in and around the Silicon Valley.

San Jose State University regularly tops national rankings in public education, affordability and social mobility for our diverse student body being ranked #1 “Most Transformative College” in the nation by Money and ranked #5 by the US News and World Report and is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Our alumni, as artists, makers, and thinkers, who are increasingly at the center of the creative economy, are steadily inventing the future in California, the United States and throughout the world.

More information about the Department of Art and Art History at San José State University can be found here.

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Equal Employment Statement:

SJSU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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