Non Tenure-Track Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Professor of Practice in Game Development

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Job Announcement – Non Tenure-Track Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Professor of Practice in Game Development

The Program in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Game Design and Development to help us inspire and educate the next generation of game developers.

We seek applicants with a passion for making games, a strong record of professional accomplishment or individual creative practice and demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching at the college level. The ideal candidate will have experience in game development or related interactive media, a working knowledge of current 2D and 3D game engines, and the ability to teach students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds.

Teaching responsibilities will include core courses in game programming and project-based game development and may also include topics in the candidate’s area of specialty. The faculty member will advise undergraduate students, perform university and professional service, participate in curriculum development and contribute to the development of a new graduate program in Critical Game Design.

About GSAS at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: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 including computer science, art, music, writing, VR and AR design, game studies and media theory. In 2016 it was designated one of three Digital Gaming Hubs by the State of New York.

Appointment will be on a three-year, renewable appointment at the rank of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Professor of Practice, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The preferred start date is August 2019.

About Rensselaer:  For nearly 200 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY has been defining the scientific and technological advances of our world. Rensselaer serves over 7,600 undergraduate and graduate students from 49 states and 63 countries. Guided by the Rensselaer Plan 2024, Rensselaer seeks to transform the delivery of pedagogical innovations, and to be a transformative agent in the 21st century and beyond.

Rensslaer’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. The Tech Valley region is home to studios including Vicarious Visions/Activision, WB Games NY, Velan Studios and 1st Playable Productions, as well as a burgeoning indie development community. Rensselaer is located in Troy, NY, the heart of the “Tech Valley” region of the Hudson River Valley.

Requirements: Minimally, candidates must possess

  • A terminal degree (Ph.D., M.F.A. or foreign degree equivalent), in Games, Interactive Media, Computer Science or a closely related field by the time of appointment. 
  • Alternatively, candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree (or foreign degree equivalent) plus at least ten (10) years of significant professional experience in a relevant field, or a Master’s Degree (or foreign degree equivalent) plus at least five (5) years of significant professional experience in a relevant field, may be considered. 
  • Evidence of effective teaching is required
  • Prior teaching experience at the university level is desirable

How to apply: Application review will begin February 4, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  To apply, please visit You will complete a short online contact form, and you will be asked to upload the following:

  • a letter of interest
  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • a statement of teaching, including evidence of effective teaching
  • work samples: such as an online portfolio, a list of shipped titles, or a research statement. (Please use one of the “Optional Application Documents” for this purpose)
  • a diversity statement (please use the next “Optional Application Documents” for this purpose

In addition, please be prepared to enter the names and email addresses for three (3) references who will be asked to upload a confidential letter of recommendation to your application. Please contact: Kim Osburn ([email protected]) with questions.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.




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Job No: 005956
Posted: 1/7/2019
Application Due: 3/7/2019
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