Full/Associate/Assistant Professor of Game Design
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.
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.
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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