Cornell University, Music Department

Position ID:Cornell-Music-MEDIA2 [#23899]
Position Title: Post-MFA or Postdoctoral Associate in Interactive Media and Games
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Music / Interactive Media and Games
Appl Deadline:2023/02/28 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/12/01, finished 2023/09/02)
Position Description:    

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Cornell University’s Critical Inquiry into Values, Imagination, and Culture initiative ( invites applications for a two-year Post-MFA or Postdoctoral Associate in Interactive Media and Digital Games. The appointment will be for a period of two years, beginning August 1, 2023.

We seek a dynamic practitioner and thinker who can relate the historical and emerging issues of game design and interactive media to a liberal arts curriculum while supporting radically interdisciplinary forms of inquiry. The position is open to any area of game design, development, and critical practice; we are particularly interested in candidates with innovative approaches to audio, haptics, and/or other sensory modalities, especially as they intersect with issues of indigeneity, race, gender, sexuality, and disability.

In addition to developing their own research and practice by participating in the academic life of the CIVIC initiative, the successful candidate will convene weekly meetings and collaborate with Cornell faculty members Jodi Byrd, Andrew Campana, Julia Chang, María Fernández, Roger Moseley, and Walker White, the CIVIC research fellows in Interactive Media and Games. The Post-MFA or Postdoctoral Associate will deliver at least one public presentation of their research each year and will also teach two courses per year, which could include foundational as well as intermediate and advanced classes, to be determined in consultation with the CIVIC research fellows and relevant department chairs. The Associate will also be invited to join the Cornell Media Studies collective, which runs a series of colloquia and fosters ways for faculty members from across the university to share materials and ideas (see for further details). Benefits: The CIVIC research fellows will serve as faculty mentors to the Associate and assist with their professional development. The Associate is required to be in residence at Cornell during the semesters of their tenure, but is free to conduct fieldwork, research, and development elsewhere during the summer or winter breaks. Eligibility: Applicants must have received the MFA, PhD, or equivalent degree no earlier than January 1, 2020. Applicants who will complete all requirements for the MFA or PhD degree before August 2023 are also eligible to apply. This completion date for the degree will under no circumstances be waived or extended. Applications: Applications must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online. Please submit (1) a letter of interest; (2) a CV; (3) a teaching philosophy and short descriptions (ca. 100 words) of two proposed courses; (4) a brief statement of artistic/critical orientation; (5) a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion (see for further information); (6) contact information for three referees; and (7) examples of creative and/or scholarly work (playable games, design documents, artwork, music, research papers, essays, etc.). Materials must be received before February 1, 2023, if they are to receive full consideration. Please limit application materials to those requested above; short-listed candidates may be asked to provide additional information. Questions about the position or the application process should be addressed to Roger Moseley ( Cornell University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and educator.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
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