Lecturer or Professor of Practice, Writing for Games at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Post: One Year Full-time, Non Tenure-Track Position in Writing for Games

Deadline information: Screening of applicants will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

The Program in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications for a one-year faculty position as Lecturer or Professor of Practice in Writing for Games. We seek a writer with a creative practice in storytelling through games and a passion for teaching the next generation of game designers. The successful candidate will bring expertise in writing and design for games, including digital or analog games; mainstream, serious or indie games; or closely related forms of interactive fiction and narrative. The appointment is full time, non tenure-track, as Lecturer or Professor of Practice in the Department of Communication and Media with primary teaching responsibilities in beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in game writing and narrative design.

For appointment as Lecturer, candidates must have a terminal degree (MFA, PhD, or foreign equivalent) in a relevant discipline and evidence of successful teaching ability at the college level. For appointment as Professor of Practice, candidates must have a Terminal degree (MFA, PhD, or foreign equivalent) in a relevant discipline or comparable professional qualification in a senior role with at least 10 years of experience, and evidence of successful college-level teaching ability or mentorship.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological university. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students from across the country and around the world, the university offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Rensselaer is located in Troy, NY, the heart of the "Tech Valley" region of the Hudson River Valley. The university’s Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) offers scholars and students opportunities for creative interdisciplinary research in the arts, performance technologies, science, and engineering. Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences is an interdisciplinary program housed in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, with faculty and courses from multiple departments including Arts, Cognitive Science Communication and Media, Computer Science, and Science and Technology Studies. Launched in 2008, it has been regularly ranked as one of the top 20 games programs in the North America, with one of the only game writing concentrations in the world.

The Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer is an internationally recognized center for interdisciplinary education and research. Our graduate and undergraduate programs prepare students to understand traditional and emerging communication technologies from a variety of perspectives, including rhetorical studies, media studies, human-computer interaction, game studies, technical communication, professional and creative writing, cross-cultural communication, and graphic design. Students learn to use words and images to communicate powerfully with a critical understanding of how media operate across global cultures.

Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences is an interdisciplinary program housed in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, with faculty and courses from multiple departments including Arts, Cognitive Science Communication and Media, Computer Science, and Science and Technology Studies. Launched in 2008, it has been regularly ranked as one of the top 20 games programs in the North America, with one of the only game writing concentrations in the world.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, up to three (3) portfolio samples and three (3) letters of reference at: http://rpijobs.rpi.edu/postings/3785. Applicants with more than three portfolio samples are encouraged to use their letters of interest to advise the reader that more samples are available upon request.
We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.