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Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice in Game Design

Employer
University of Texas at Austin
Location
Texas, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice in Game Design

College/School/Unit: College of Fine Arts
Department: School of Design and Creative Technologies
Posted: Oct 23, 2021
Apply By: Open until filled

Description

The Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies (AET) in the School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT) at The University of Texas at Austin seeks a faculty colleague with a focus in Game Design for computer media applications. Rank and salary commensurate with experience. Position requires relocation to Austin, TX.

We are cultivating a team of future focused collaborators committed to transforming education for a diverse community of creators. Entering our 5th year, AET has become the largest undergraduate program in the College of Fine Arts, with student interest increasing year-over-year. Young and vibrant, AET is home to 400 energetic students who embody a diversity of interests, backgrounds, and lived experiences.

We're making great strides - graduating successful students who've been hired at top-shelf companies, establishing partnerships with big industry names, and sustaining high impact university collaborations. Our curriculum is well positioned to partner with industries defining the future of creative technologies.

Responsibilities of this position may include:
  • Overseeing and coordinating game design courses and curricula that prepare students for careers and integrate with the various disciplines practiced in AET and SDCT; cultivate clear student outcomes and promote an inclusive student experience.
  • Developing and teaching introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate courses, including level design, game prototyping, UX for games, game design principles, topics courses in your areas of expertise, and team-taught interdisciplinary courses.
  • Collaborating within the college/university for interdisciplinary goals.
  • Collaborating with the community/industry for student career opportunities.
  • Supporting and advising students on senior projects, independent studies, honors coursework, student showcase, and other culminating activities.
  • Teaching interdisciplinary team-taught courses which enroll students from multiple specializations and/or university departments.
  • Teaching courses in various formats, including face-to-face, hybrid, or online, with small and large enrollment.
  • Teaching accessible, inclusive and diversity-aware content in courses.


We are working to ensure that the creators and consumers of arts and entertainment technologies are people of diverse races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, abilities, ages, socioeconomic statuses, nationalities, and linguistic and cultural traditions. Recognizing that many AET professions in the United States today are negatively impacted by systemic discrimination such as white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, and elitism, we invite applications from academics and practitioners whose teaching, scholarship, professional practice, creative activity, and/or service disrupts this tradition; we especially welcome applications from candidates belonging to groups underrepresented in higher education, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA people, and people with disabilities.

Qualifications

To be considered for this position, candidates must:

  • Hold a terminal degree in your field by date of hire, OR possess a record of equivalent professional experience or scholarly/creative achievement.
  • Demonstrate a high level of craft in one or more aspects of game design, including expertise in designing, testing, and deploying solutions to common game design challenges; thorough understanding of industry standard game design principles and processes; experience in applying game design within non-gaming domains such as automotive, architecture, medical, marketing, or other contexts.
  • Demonstrate experience developing coursework and/or teaching materials for beginning through advanced college-age learners.
  • Demonstrate diversity and inclusion skills in a professional and/or educational context.

Application Instructions

To apply for the position, please submit the following to Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/97882:

  1. A letter of application explaining your qualifications for, and interest in, the position, including discussion of your most significant professional/creative research, teaching, and service activities in the arena of arts and entertainment technology and discussion about your diversity-related skills and contributions in teaching, service, and/or creative research.
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV) or professional resume.
  3. A link to or pdf of a portfolio of recent creative coding or relevant professional work.
  4. Contact information for three references (letters will be requested only for finalists).
  5. (Optional) A statement describing your work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Applications received by February 15th will be assured a full review. Applications received after that date will be reviewed as needed until the position is filled. Due to current travel restrictions, we expect to conduct all interviews remotely.

Questions about the application process and Interfolio may be directed to SDCT Executive Assistant Mr. Cameron Weed at cweed@austin.utexas.edu; questions about the positions themselves may be directed to search committee chair Prof. David Cohen at ds.cohen@austin.utexas.edu.

If you are excited about the possibilities of working in the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies, but don't fit this particular job description, please see our open call for faculty at
https://apply.interfolio.com/94031.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


To apply, visit https://faculty.utexas.edu/career/85926

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