Assistant Professor of IMGD/Humanities
Assistant Professor of IMGD/Humanities
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Department: HUMANITIES & ARTS
The WPI Interactive Media and Game Development (IMGD) Program and the Humanities and Arts Department jointly seek to hire a tenure-track faculty member to start July 1, 2018. Candidates should hold an MFA or other terminal degree in art or a related discipline at the time of appointment and have relevant industry experience in animation.
Established in 2005, WPI's top-ranked IMGD program is a collaborative venture between the Computer Science, Humanities & Arts, and Social Science & Policy Studies departments, with close affiliations to the Learning Sciences and the Robotics Engineering Programs. IMGD has a robust undergraduate B.S. and B.A. program that balances artistic and technical skills, with a growing graduate M.S. program in interactive media and game design. We welcome faculty candidates with expertise in traditional animation as well as evidence of strong fine arts skills. Candidates should be able to work with 2d and 3d animation tools and guide students through animation for game and interactive media development. Tenurable candidates should have evidence of successful published or exhibited works in animation and/or art. A successful candidate would join a group of artists and interactive media and game faculty to teach four undergraduate courses per year, advise senior projects and MS projects in IMGD, and offer two individual practicums per year (individually designed by faculty).
The 14 core and 9 affiliated IMGD faculty members bring diverse skills and experiences to the teaching and scholarship of all things interactive. The IMGD Program enjoys strong support from the university and has state-of-the-art space and equipment for designing, creating, and evaluating next-generation interactive experiences. Further, Massachusetts offers an excellent home for art and technology, such as the cyperarts gallery, tech poetics, technocopia, and the Worcester Center for Crafts. Additionally, Massachusetts is a center for game developers with an active independent game developer scene, hosting PAX East, Boston FIG, and a number of other game-related organizations and events. We expect successful candidates to contribute to the collaborative and collegial atmosphere we currently enjoy. For more information about the IMGD Program, please visit http://imgd.wpi.edu.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Posting Date: 08/18/2017
Open Until Filled:
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To apply, please submit a C.V. a portfolio and/or a highlights reel, evidence of teaching excellence (which can include examples of student achievement, syllabi, teaching portfolio, or the like), and the names and contact information for three references.
Upload portfolio under “Other” with application.
Applications received by October 31, 2017 will be given full consideration.
WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.
Criminal Background Check Statement:
A pre-employment criminal records check is required.
To apply, visit: https://careers.wpi.edu/postings/4919
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