The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is conducting an Assistant/Associate Professor search for a scholar-practitioner working in one of the following areas: Visual Culture Studies, Critical Curatorial Studies, and Documentary Media-Making. We seek a colleague who will strengthen our offerings in the arts of contemporary social movements and the politics of art production. Our program values arts-activism and we welcome applications from persons whose research foregrounds the perspectives of historically underrepresented communities. Ideal candidates will be conducting interdisciplinary research that takes the form of both scholarly and creative outputs. We hope to hire a scholar-practitioner whose work demonstrates how a mode of representation is shaped through collaborative research design and a practice of methodological ethics. Applications are sought from candidates who specialize in at least one of the following areas:
Practices and discourses that consider diverse or underrepresented cultural perspectives in the field of Visual Culture Studies.
Practices and approaches of Critical Curatorial Studies.
Documentary media-making that embodies critical engagement with institutionalized practices of documentary representation. Fields of specialism may span ethnographic, observational, performative and poetic documentaries.
The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance binds four degree programs: a BA in World Arts and Cultures, a PhD in Culture and Performance, a BA in Dance and MFA in Choreography. This position specifically will be committed to research, teaching, and service toward the former two degree programs. Within the World Arts and Cultures BA, coursework falls within three streams: Visual Cultures, Arts Activism, and Critical Research Practices. As a tenure-track position, we desire candidates with relevant teaching experience, the capacity to develop pedagogy and contribute in shaping curricula across the World Arts and Cultures BA and doctoral programs. Successful candidates will participate in doctoral recruitment, teaching, advising, as well as offer both undergraduate and graduate courses that draw from and contribute to multiple disciplines. Additionally, our department’s faculty maintain collaborative relationships with partners across campus, including the Fowler Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the Center for the Art of Performance. We especially welcome applications from candidates whose research bears potential to further these collaborative relationships.