Assistant Professor of Game Design and Development

Summary

Position Title

Assistant Professor of Game Design and Development

Department

Media Arts

Position Reports to (Position Title)

Chair, Media Arts Department

Effective Date

August 1st, 2024

Status

Full Time/Exempt

Job Summary

The Department of Media Arts in conjunction with the Department of Computer Sciences, announce a vacancy for the position of Assistant Professor of Game Design and Development. This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track appointment position as Assistant Professor of Game Design and Development. Appointment is to begin 1 August 2024.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

  •  N/A

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Candidate will serve as a faculty member for the undergraduate program and will teach required courses in the program, including Game Design, Game Strategies, Game Development, Game Levels and Interfaces, and Advanced Game Production.
  • Implementing new curriculum and developing innovative elective classes.
  • Cultivating internship opportunities
  • Collaborating with Computer Science faculty and Media Arts faculty to maintain a rigorous curriculum.
  • Service on faculty committees.
  • Preparing outcomes assessment reports and strategic planning documents.
  • Planning events for current and prospective students.
  • Planning curriculum and technology updates as needed.
  • Representing the program in open house events and recruitment events.

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Individuals should demonstrate consistent scholarly/creative activity in game development. Active experience with the game industry is preferred.
  • Applicants should have 2 or more years of experience practicing game programming with expertise in code patterns and production techniques critical to game development.
  • Some preferred specific desired areas of expertise may include:
    • Unity
    • Unreal
    • CryEngine Development
    • C# Scripting for Development of console, web, and mobile devices.
  • The candidate may also be familiar with technical art pipelines in level, design, particle effects, animation, event scripting, lighting, and shader systems within a game environment.
  • Preferred candidates will have additional experience with other gaming engines and in other platforms for Unity development, such as virtual reality or augmented reality and/or have experience developing/publishing tabletop games and who can teach tabletop game development.
  • Strong administrative skills and collaborative style are needed. Demonstrated ability to lead technologists, artists, and designers on team projects preferred.

Education, Certificates, Licenses, & Experience

  • Graduate Degree (or equivalent professional experience) in game design and game programming related fields such as game design, computer science, computer programming, and/or interactive design.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, and reach.
  • Manual dexterity to efficiently operate a computer keyboard and other business machines.
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and by phone.

Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.

To Apply

Interested applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, CV, work samples, and list of references along with a completed JU Application to Bill Hill at whill@cheapthemesforwp.com.