Media/Digital Studies and Transnational Black Studies

MA Aesthetics and Politics Program/BFA Critical Studies

The School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the MA Aesthetics and Politics program invite applications for a full-time position in Media/ Digital Studies. The successful candidate’s research will focus on the politics of “new media” and transnational Black Studies, with the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, or the Middle East as possible geographical areas of expertise. We seek to appoint an emerging teacher-scholar whose work complements that of the program’s internationally recognized faculty and distinguished visitors. The candidate should have a promising research portfolio that demonstrates knowledge of such fields as materialist media studies, feminist science and technology studies, digital/software/platform studies, or critical surveillance studies. Applicants should evidence an ability to teach both undergraduate and graduate students in this multi-faceted arts environment, and we welcome applicants from diverse, interdisciplinary backgrounds that involve both theory and practice.

In addition to housing two distinct graduate programs that offer courses to graduate students from across CalArts, the School of Critical Studies provides the liberal arts component of the institute’s BFA curriculum. In Fall 2017, the MA Aesthetics and Politics program re-launched as an expanded one-year full time, one-year low residency program, enabling new forms of pedagogy, distance learning and online discussion platforms. The successful candidate will deliver to both the BFA and graduate curricula, our graduate programs’ distance learning curricular component, the School’s public events, as well as the daily governance of the graduate programs, the School and the Institute. Reflecting its experimental mission, CalArts does not follow the hierarchy of a conventional tenure-rank system but offers renewable multi-year contracts and a faculty salary advancement plan (FSAP) and merit program.

CalArts and the School of Critical Studies value the individuality of artists and welcome the addition of unique and inventive voices to our diverse, collaborative community. We seek to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. We welcome candidates with demonstrated experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer. 


The successful candidate will contribute to both the graduate curricula and the Critical Studies undergraduate curriculum, which provides a liberal arts education to students in the visual and performing arts.

Responsibilities include:

  • Class preparation and written feedback on student writing
  • Developing online platforms for pedagogy and discussion
  • Administration and curriculum development
  • A 3/3-course load, with courses meeting once a week for two or three hours
  • Maintaining an active and visible research profile and practice, demonstrating excellence in the field
  • Mentoring graduate students (with a course release for a quota of mentees)
  • Supervising MA-thesis projects as first or second reader
  • Attending faculty meetings
  • Participating in assessment, program review and recruitment
  • Attending and participating in public events at CalArts, in Los Angeles, and in the broader Los Angeles area


We seek an emerging teacher-scholar with at least an MA or MFA degree and with a demonstrated record of publication, projects, and pedagogical experience. The successful candidate will evidence several of the following:

  • Active career engaged in the theory and practice of contemporary media/digital technologies as well as transnational Black Studies as evidenced by CV
  • Developed innovative approaches to teaching the theory and practice of contemporary media/digital technologies as evidenced by syllabi or other course materials
  • Taught at least three years at the college level or comparable experience through activist community engagement, workshop facilitation, and other forms of instruction
  • Publication record including peer-reviewed articles and/or a book
  • Spearheaded projects in institutional and/or public contexts

Candidates for this position must legally be able to work in the U.S. or be eligible for a VISA to do so.  

How to Apply

This position has a starting date on or after July 1st, 2022, and in time for the start of the Fall semester. Please follow the Interfolio link ( to apply and submit cover letter, CV, writing sample, contact info for three recommenders,  two sample course syllabi, and a statement addressing your work on Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access. Application deadline is January 31, 2022.

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

All submissions are confidential.


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