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Call for applicants: Assistant Professor in Experimental Art Practice

Submitted by Ewa Trebacz on October 26, 2015 - 12:37pm

The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington seeks to hire a full-time (100%, 9-month), tenure-track faculty in experimental art practice to begin in September 2016. Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor.


Established in 2001, DXARTS is a leading research center for Digital Art. DXARTS’ position within the University of Washington is unusual: it is not a subset of a school of art, engineering or computing, instead it exists as an autonomous academic program, thus it is able to define its own research and teaching agenda and fully explore the notion of artistic experimentation in the 21st century. Core DXARTS faculty are practicing generative artists and work alongside affiliate faculty from a variety of other departments, including Music, Neuroscience, Engineering, Law and Computer Science.

DXARTS has an internationally renowned and highly competitive PhD program, populated by emerging artists working with a broad range of materials, ideas and forms. The program emphasizes interdisciplinarity, with students taking classes across the university based upon their own research trajectories. DXARTS asserts that artistic knowledge is a particular type of intellectual and academic inquiry, and that it has value equivalent to that in other disciplines. DXARTS PhD students are expected to work on studio-based research projects, develop any technologies necessary to realize those projects and apply appropriate research methodologies to ensure their work makes a contribution to the field.

Located in the heart of the UW campus, DXARTS has state-of-the art facilities, including 3D sound and video labs, art+brain lab (for interdisciplinary research projects with neuroscience), as well as production studios, classrooms and a conference room. DXARTS also has an off-campus fabrication lab in a 5,000 sf warehouse located in the Ballard neighborhood. This facility includes digital fabrication tools (laser cutter, CNC router and milling machines), 3D printers, and a panoply of electronics and mechatronics tools, as well as production and exhibition space.


A PhD or MFA (or foreign equivalent) is required by the start of appointment. The successful applicant to this position will mentor and supervise doctoral students; he or she must be be committed to the value of artistic research, and be capable of articulating research methodologies and techniques to students.

The successful candidate will be an artist with a strong record of exhibiting or presenting their work and a clear understanding of studio-based research. Their practice and teaching will be primarily hosted at our off-campus fabrication lab. It is expected that applicants will be proficient in a broad range of new media technologies.

The applicant would be expected to teach studio-based classes at both undergraduate and graduate levels. These typically comprise a core sequence of courses that are taught on an annual basis, as well as several advanced/special topics classes. The full- time teaching load at DXARTS consists of five courses, spread over three quarters. University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research, and service.


Applications must include: letter of application, resume, artist statement, teaching statement, links to a cohesive portfolio of artworks, and the names of three references with phone numbers, mail and e-mail addresses.

Electronic submissions only – all required documents must be uploaded to Interfolio to be considered for the position. Priority will be given to applications received by January 1, 2016.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected veterans, or status as qualified individuals with disabilities. The University of Washington is building a culturally diverse faculty, and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.


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