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Open-rank Faculty Position, Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Tenure / Tenure-track Faculty Position, Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences

The Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position, at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. We seek outstanding applicants with a record of successful collegiate teaching, creative practice, and research in digital games. The selected candidate will join a diverse, interdisciplinary, interdepartmental faculty whose research spans game technology, game studies, design, interactive narrative, educational games, serious games, psychological and cognitive dimensions of games, indie game production, and games as an art form.

The successful candidate must have experience in creating games and a working knowledge of current game engines and development environments such as Unity3D or Unreal Engine 4. The faculty member in this position will teach courses in game design and development, advise undergraduate and graduate students, perform university and professional service, and will contribute to the development of a new graduate program in GSAS. The ability to successfully seek external funding and forge corporate and foundation partnerships is required.

The GSAS Program is consistently ranked as one of the top games programs in North America, with an interdisciplinary curriculum combining practical and theoretical approaches to game development across multiple disciplines. The successful candidate will contribute to the undergraduate program and formation of a graduate program in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences. Responsibilities include teaching courses such as Introduction to Game Design; Game Development; Game Studies; UI/UX design for Games; 3D modeling and game art; and higher level graduate technical and special topics courses in the area of the candidate’s specialty.

To be considered at any level, candidates must hold a terminal degree, or foreign degree equivalent, in Game Design, Game Studies, Digital/Interactive Media, Computer Science, Art and Technology, or a related discipline, and be able to exhibit, through their accomplishments, promise of future distinction in relevant scholarly or artistic practice. Candidates will be considered at the Associate Professor rank if they also possess a record of excellence in scholarship as demonstrated by an emerging national or international reputation, a level of high quality in educational activities including teaching and advising, and a significant level of service to the department, the Institute, and the profession as is gained through a minimum of three (3) or more years in a tenure track position. To be considered at the Professor rank, candidates must be an academic leader, possessing a nationally or internationally recognized record of excellence in scholarly or artistic practice, a sustained level of high quality in educational activities that go beyond teaching and advising, and a sustained level of service to the department, the Institute, and the profession, all of which is gained through at least six (6) years in a tenure track or tenured faculty position. Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the college level is required. Prior experience in interdisciplinary research and artistic collaboration is preferred.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological university. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students from around the world, the university programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Rensselaer is located in Troy, NY in New York State’s Hudson Valley. The university’s Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) offers opportunities for creative interdisciplinary research in the arts, performance technologies, science, and engineering.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference to http://rpijobs.rpi.edu/postings/3064.

Contact: Kim Osburn osburk@rpi.edu with questions

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, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.

Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) is an interdisciplinary program with faculty from Arts, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Communication and Media, and Science and Technology Studies. One of the top-ranked programs in the country, GSAS combines technical rigor, research, and creative exploration to advance the medium of game design.

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