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Full/Associate/Assistant Professor of Game Design

Champlain College

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Full/Associate/Assistant Professor of Game Design

Job Description:

The Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College seeks a Full/Associate/Assistant Professor of Game Design. The Game Design major is a design program focused on the concepting, prototyping, documenting, and creation of 2D and 3D games. It is part of a robust collection of programs that make up the Game Studio at Champlain College where students work collaboratively while creating innovative projects. Other majors in the studio include Game Art, Game Programming, Game Sound Design, Game Production Management and Game Business and Publishing.

The Game Design major at Champlain College is one of the oldest and most successful Game Design programs in the country, graduating its first class in 2008. Graduates of the program are represented at most major AAA studios as well as founders of numerous indie studios.

The successful candidate will teach a wide range of courses related to game design and will be fluent in the game development process and the various roles within the process-particularly that of the designer. They will need in-engine experience with Unreal, Unity, or an equivalent. The typical teaching load is four courses per semester and will work closely with the Program Director.

Champlain College has small class sizes that optimize instructor-student interaction with hands-on projects that translate theory into practice. Because the College is entrepreneurial and market-driven, its academic programs respond to industry dynamics. Consequently, the College particularly values industry and other practical experience for its faculty.

As part of The Game Studio at Champlain College, the successful candidate will need to be highly collegial and collaborative with faculty from other programs.

Desired skills include professional level expertise in one or more of the following areas related to game design (we know one person won't be an expert in all of these):
  • Have gone through the development process more than once. Concept through shipping a title.
  • Experience in C#, Blueprints or other scripting languages.
  • Knows how to effectively collaborate with other designers to create a game.
  • Competent in design documentation practices, including visual design and modern communication tools.
  • Familiar with level design, system design and gameplay design.
  • Knowledge of version control tools: git, subversion, perforce, etc.
  • Previous teaching experience is a plus.


The ideal candidate will have an MFA in a related field. However, consideration will be given to candidates with a bachelor's degree plus gaming industry experience.

Additional Information:

The successful completion of a criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.

Champlain College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, veteran or military service status, HIV -positive status, qualified disability, or on the basis of any other status protected by law, and does not discriminate in the administration of its education and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices or co-curricular and other College-administered programs. Champlain College will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified students, applicants for admission or employment, or employees. Please contact the People Center at 802.651.5800 with questions concerning the hiring process or future employment at Champlain College, or if auxiliary aids or services are needed to apply for employment at Champlain College.

Champlain College is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community. Recognizing that diversity is both a reflection of our world and a source of rich education, Champlain strives to be diverse and inclusive in ways that reflect the world in which we live and work. All members of the Champlain community are valued as individuals.

Application Instructions:

Please include a link to your portfolio/demo reel with your application.

Champlain College seeks candidates who through their work and life experiences, service to the community, or research and artistic practice can contribute to the diversity, inclusivity, and academic excellence of the College. In addition to your cover letter, please include a letter that discusses your teaching philosophy as well as your commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging.

This search will review candidates as they apply, and will remain open until the position is filled. The official expected start date is July 1, 2023, with teaching to commence in the fall.

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An educational pioneer since 1878, Champlain is a college where students and faculty don't just respond to opportunities -- they create them. We've introduced new fields of study, like Game Design and Computer & Digital Forensics, and offer majors with a specific focus, like e-Business Management, Digital Filmmaking and Public Relations. Champlain's three-dimensional education -- another pioneering concept -- integrates relevant, professionally focused studies with a rigorous Core curriculum and practical Life Skills program.
All this innovation thrives in our can-do culture, where people with diverse talents pool their skills in enterprising ways. Here students help each other launch new businesses, students and faculty collaborate on research and service, and the college creates partnerships with the community. Our city, Burlington, is the ultimate college town with a hip vibe, a thriving music scene and great food, from Doughboys doughnuts to Bove's family-recipe Italian. It's as original, forward-looking and down-to-earth as Champlain College, and a place it's easy to call home.
Mission Statement
Champlain College endeavors to be a leader in educating today's students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and engaged global citizens. Champlain's agile and entrepreneurial approach to higher education uniquely blends technology leadership, market savvy, innovation and fiscal responsibility with a commitment to liberal learning, community involvement and "the human touch." This distinctive approach permeates the delivery of relevant, rigorous student-centered programs in business, arts, applied technology and public service.
Strategic Goals
  • Achieve Distinctive Academic Excellence: Champlain College will offer challenging, innovative academic programs that align with the needs of the workplace and serve the unique needs of its three distinct student populations. These include: (1) an unparalleled traditional undergraduate experience that combines professional programs with a unique interdisciplinary core augmented by learning in life skills; (2) an adult undergraduate curriculum of relevant, life-long education leading to professional advancement; and (3) graduate education that expands technical competence, inspires critical thinking, embraces reflective learning and infuses the joy of life-long learning. All Champlain graduates will have the capacity to attain leadership roles in their various fields due to their professional skills as well as their abilities to think critically and creatively and to communicate effectively.
  • Enrich Student Life: We will enrich student life for all Champlain students by providing experiences that embrace student development, personal responsibility, the application of life skills and career path development, and participation in the larger community.
  • Enhance Financial Stability: Champlain College will operate from a position of financial strength. It is only through the careful management of resources that the College will have the resources needed for continuous improvement.
  • Excite, Engage, and Empower Faculty & Staff: Engaged and empowered faculty and staff work and teach with passion, drive and innovation and move the College forward in order to achieve our vision.  Over the next ten years, we will continually work to ensure that Champlain faculty and staff recognize and honor the Champlain College culture while building a high performance environment in which  staff and faculty excel and will become a leader in our ability to recruit, retain, develop and celebrate staff and faculty crucial to our success.
  • Fostering an Inclusive & Diverse Community: Recognizing that diversity is both a reflection of our world and a source of rich education, Champlain will be diverse in ways that reflect the world in which we live and work. All members of the Champlain community will have a sense of being a valued member of the College community.


The Champlain College education is a career-driven experience whose rigorous interdisciplinary studies endow students with the three essential personal dimensions required for a gratifying career and a remarkable life:

  • Top-line professional capabilities in your chosen field
  • A fully-developed intellect with keen reasoning abilities and a global perspective
  • Vital life management skills

You'll emerge from this process as a leader in your profession, one whose exceptional capacities reflect the integrity of our award-winning faculty, our pragmatic curricula and our innovative hands-on approach to learning.

This integrity permeates each of the fundamental elements of a Champlain College education:



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