Tenure Track Game Positions(3)

T’is the season for hiring faculty. USC, Depaul, and Woodbury U all have open positions for faculty in Games. If you are looking, or looking for a chance, these might be for you.

The Interactive Media Division within USC’s School of Cinematic Arts is seeking a candidate for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Game and Interactive Media User Experience Research.

We are looking for an innovative and skilled user experience researcher to join the number one game design program in North America, as rated by the Princeton Review.  Our program has a strong focus on user experience design for interactive entertainment, with an emphasis on games and a reputation for pursuing an expansive vision of the future of interactive media. We are seeking a key faculty member to be part of a team defining new potentials and directions in user research, including innovative experience design for games, gestural interfaces, location-based and pervasive experiences, transmedia applications and other emerging technologies.

Candidates should have formal training in the planning, conducting and implementing of user research studies for games and interactive media. We are especially interested in candidates with extensive experience working as part of a design team, with evidence that his/her work has been successfully integrated into an iterative development process. This includes the ability to work closely with new designers to understand project goals, prepare research and evaluation plans, communicate results and integrate user feedback into project designs and outcomes.

Teaching experience and innovative approaches to pedagogy is also critical. The candidate must be able to define and develop a structured curriculum for user research education geared towards game and interactive media design at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The candidate should be able to challenge and inspire designers to understand the importance of defining viable research strategies, articulating assessment goals and harvesting user feedback as key strategies for improving user experience.

The candidate will also be expected to participate in our vibrant community of design and research. Leading and advising on grant-sponsored projects, research collaborations and student thesis projects are part of the daily activities of the faculty in this division. The candidate will be encouraged to develop partnerships with leading commercial and academic colleagues in order to help build a foundation at USC for further development of the discipline of user experience research. Strong potential for leadership and ability to respond to rapid advances in technology is expected. Successful candidates will show evidence of being on track to achieve an active publishing record, significant external funding and impact in the field.

Qualifications for this position will vary according to each candidate’s expertise, but should include an advanced degree, preferably a Ph.D., in a field of study specifically dedicated to usability assessment and/or interactive experience research, including but not limited to human computer interaction, qualitative/quantitative assessment, experimental psychology or related fields. Experience with game design, computer science, location-based software development and/or industry experience is a plus.

To apply: Submit a letter stating your interest in the position accompanied by a complete curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., course syllabi and/or documentation of student work), and the names, phone numbers, mail and e-mail addresses of three references qualified to provide knowledgeable evaluation of your qualifications. Please do not send additional supporting materials until they are requested. The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2011

Application Address: Tracy Fullerton

Interactive Media Division

School of Cinematic Arts

University of Southern California

900 W. 34th Street Room 218

Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

Inquiries: Adrienne Capirchio, +1 213 821 2515

The College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) at DePaul University is
seeking applicants for a full-time tenure-track position for its cutting
edge and fast-growing programs in cinema and interactive media. The
ideal candidate should demonstrate innovative research in the learning
sciences and/or social computing through the use of emerging interactive
technologies. Possible areas of expertise include but are not limited
to: game studies, computer supported collaborative learning, information
design, interactive/experience design, cinematic arts, social media and
related fields.

Collaborative experience with media producers and teaching experience
are preferred. The candidate’s research should demonstrate success in or
strong potential for sponsorship from government agencies, foundations
or corporate donors.

Job responsibilities include teaching, research, advising, service,
supervising student projects, and continued scholarship or creative
activities. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and
experience. Applicants at all ranks will be considered. Candidates
should have a PhD, MFA or equivalent.

For priority consideration, apply by February 1st, 2011 and include a
cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy,
research and/or creative statement, three letters of recommendation and
a DVD (by mail) or URL of samples of relevant creative work and/or
scholarship (electronic submission of documents is strongly encouraged).
After review, further support materials may be requested.

To apply, click:

For application materials sent by mail (such as letters of
recommendation and DVDs):

Media Arts Search Committee
School of CIM
DePaul University
243 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60604-2301

Woodbury University in Burbank, CA is launching two new degrees, a BS in Media Technology and a BFA in Game Art/Design.  Links to the postings here:

Game Art and Design (programming aspect included in Media Tech program)

Media Technology (programming, sys admin, technical direction, CG with a focus on media;  also game programming track)

Both of the postings are for the first faculty position in the department and include curriculum development as part of a Title V HSI grant.  The new faculty  member may become chair of the new department.  These programs, together with the existing Animation program will have interdisciplinary capstone projects.

Submission deadline Feb 1, 2010 for a Fall 2010 start.

Questions may be sent to dori.littell-herrick@woodbury.edu.

Please submit to the address in the posting.


Dori Littell-Herrick
Chair, Animation
School of Media, Culture & Design
Woodbury University

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Lindsay Grace is a teacher, software developer and designer. He has served industry as an independent consultant, web designer, software developer, entrepreneur, business analyst and writer. Lindsay has a joint position between Miami University’s Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies and the School of Fine Arts. His research areas include human-computer interaction, creative and critical gameplay, and web design. He writes regularly about interactive media design and education.