College of Arts & Letters


Department of Television, Film and Media Studies

Assistant Professor in Media Design


Starting Date:

August 2018

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned MFA or MA in digital or interactive media, design, or other closely-related field from an accredited institution is required.

1) Successful professional experience in analog and digital design, that may include game design, VR and AR application design, app design, interactive media;
2) Successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level in areas that include, but are not limited to: Critical Making, Game Design, Interactive Media Design, and;
3) Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Ph.D in disciplines closely-related to design or media;
2) Evidence of research and / or practice in the critical analysis of digital media focusing on areas including, but not limited to: critical unmaking and design processes; interactivity and narrative design; feminist and queer approaches to digital media; critical race theory in digital media; and post-colonial / intersectional identities and embodiment in gaming, VR and AR; 
3) Proficiency with HTML5, CSS3, Unreal and/or Unity, Adobe CS/CC, and Autodesk software (Fusion 360, Stingray, etc.);
4) Demonstrated knowledge of programming languages such as C++, Python, JavaScript and/or JQuery;
5) Experience with 3-D printing particle effects, and animation;
6) Professional experience related to entrepreneurship, leadership, and/or project management;
7) Experience in grant-funded research;
8) Experience in supervising student-driven interdisciplinary projects, and;
9) Ability to communicate in multiple languages.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles is of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally.  Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 28,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with ethnic studies and other academic programs, including the Honors College. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications;  2) a curriculum vitae; 3) list of three professional references; 4) a digital portfolio (website) curated for the search committee to showcase your artistic work (maximum of 15 minutes viewing time); 5) a sample syllabus, and; 6) a university application for employment (found here). Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin December 15th, 2017, and will continue until position is filled. Send all applications materials and/or requests for information by email to:

Questions may be addressed to: Sylke Meyer, Media Design Search Committee Chair at or 323-343-5425.

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran, or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.