Assistant/Associate Professor of Game Design/Creative Technologies and Digital Design and Image...

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Job No: 512158
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Game Design/Creative Technologies and Digital Design and Image Making

Employee Classification: TTF

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts

Department: Wonsook Kim School of Art

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

About the College & School:
Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University seeks to hire a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor to join its team of interdisciplinary digital arts faculty beginning August 16, 2022. The successful candidate will teach courses in the Creative Technologies Program’s Game Design Sequence and courses in digital image making, illustration, drawing, 2D or 3D image production, and animation in the Wonsook Kim School of Art. The salary for this nine-month position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The other schools represented in the college include the Wonsook Kim School of Art, School of Music, and School of Theatre and Dance—all of which have a rich and varied curriculum including drawing, animation, video, music composition, music business, voice acting, fight choreography, dance and movement, performance, production and lighting design, and text/script analysis.

The Wonsook Kim School of Art is committed to increasing the representation of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and those embodying any and all expressions of gender identity and sexuality. The School encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, veterans, individuals that are gender-fluid, or from other marginalized communities.

About the School and Program:
The Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University provides professional and academic education for students seeking careers in the visual arts. Students benefit from a highly accomplished and diverse faculty who teach a range of courses that represent media and disciplines such as Studio Art, Graphic Design, Art History, Art Education, and Visual Culture.

The interdisciplinary Creative Technologies Program emphasizes design and practice in the integration of digital technologies and the fine arts. In addition to foundational study across the fine arts disciplines, the major provides training and experiences across a range of creative/technical fields including video, sound, electronic music, music production, gaming, motion graphics, interactivity, AR/VR, UI/UX, mobile, web, and computer programming concepts. Creative Technologies majors are able to choose from two distinctive paths:

1. Sequence in Interdisciplinary Technologies - blending multimedia, technology, and fine arts training aimed at creative professional environments and the entertainment industry, along with developing the aesthetics, artistry, and technical skills of individuals looking for a broad range of career options.

2. Sequence in Game Design - building creative and technical capabilities with a focus on game design and production for students seeking careers in the game industry.

The Creative Technologies Program recently launched the Game Design Sequence and two more sequences (Sequence in VR/AR and Sequence in Audio Music Production) are being prepared for the following years.

About the Position:
The position invites a collegially minded digital creative with a focus on game design and development, along with visual arts and digital image making sensibilities, and supported by an active research and creative agenda. Applicants are expected to have an understanding of the basic concepts and core elements of game design, mechanics, rules, storytelling, player behaviors, and game production pipelines from concept to marketing. Additional research and interest areas could include illustration, drawing, animation and motion graphics, 3D modelling, and building virtual environments.

Applicants need to be educators prepared to teach introductory level courses in game design (analog games, digital prototyping tools) and digital image making, as well as more advanced classes. Individuals with a body of innovative work that challenges traditional academic and cultural delineations of artistic production and gaming are desirable. The successful candidate will have a split appointment with responsibilities both in the interdisciplinary Creative Technologies Program and the Wonsook Kim School of Art, and have a locus of tenure in the Wonsook Kim School of Art.
Candidates for this position must be comfortable working with and teaching all levels of cross-disciplinary creative students for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Responsibilities of this position include teaching three courses per semester, continued scholarly/creative activity in the appropriate field, and university service.

Additional Information

Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study with more than 20,000 students. Our six colleges offer 174 undergraduate majors, 76 minors, 97 master’s programs, 17 doctoral degrees, and 40 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 132,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, the Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems, its citizens’ level of educational attainment, its parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime rate. Forbes magazine, in a review of the best places for business, ranked Bloomington-Normal the 15th best place for business out of 168 small metros listed. Bloomington was also recently placed on CNNMoney's list of the 100 Best Places to Live. Expansion Management Magazine rated Bloomington-Normal as one of two metro areas with a five-star quality of life, giving the community high rankings in such areas as standard of living, quality of schools, traffic, and commute time. Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at for more information.

Required Qualifications

1. Appropriate terminal degree or ABD in the candidate's field of study
2.Proven ability to teach in the field of game design
3.Strong background in digital creativity and production
4.Evidence of innovative professional activity and research
5.State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

Proposed Starting Date


Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

Attach a single PDF file that contains the following:
1.Letter of application
2.Curriculum Vitae
3.A list of three references with contact information
4.Links to your work and at least three examples of your student's work
5.A research and/or creative statement

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Initial review of applications begins November 15, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please complete an online faculty application for posting number 512158 at and attach a single PDF file that contains the following:
1.Letter of application
2.Curriculum Vitae
3.A list of three references with contact information
4.Links to your work and, if available, examples of your student's work
5.A research and/or creative statement

Contact Information for Applicants

Creative Technologies:
Sercan Sengun
[email protected]

Human Resources:
Clay Gruenwald [email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 09/08/2021 11:20 AM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled



Founded in 1857, Illinois State University was the first public university in the state and is one of the Midwest’s oldest institutions of higher education. It is a coeducational, residential university. Its 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 77 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 41 master’s, nine specialist, and ten doctoral programs.

The 1,110 acre campus includes more than 60 major buildings with state-of-the-art technology, and Watterson Towers is one of the most unique structures, as this residence hall is the tallest building between Chicago and St. Louis. Other major facilities include a Center for the Performing Arts, a 360-acre farm, Bone Student Center and Braden Auditorium, a University Planetarium, Redbird Arena, and Hancock Stadium. From meeting facilities to cultural opportunities through the arts, and excitement of numerous sporting events each year, ISU is a vital part of the Bloomington-Normal community.


Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment, and the development of global citizens


We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.


Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship

Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information). 

Individualized Attention

Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.


Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.


Illinois State University promotes an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. Leadership of the University is characterized by stability, adherence to shared values, collaborative decision making, and accountable stewardship of all university resources. Members of the University community work collaboratively through shared governance to ensure the success of the University and are dedicated to making ongoing improvements, always enhancing their contribution to Illinois State University and building on prior accomplishments. Teaching and learning, including research and creative activities, are conducted at the highest level of academic quality and integrity.

Civic Engagement

Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer​.

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