Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty Research Interests

Mei Si: game AI competitions, dialogue, interactive storytelling, social robots, pedagogical games, virtual environments

Ralph Noble: psychology of games

Nick Mizer: analog games, role-playing games, worldbuilding, collaborative imagination, emergent narratives, anthropology/ethnography of games, games and culture, games pedagogy

Shawn Lawson: Computer Graphics, Live-Coding, and Interactive Media

Michael Lynch: Game AI, Interactive Narrative, Game Production

Rob Hamilton: Game music and sound, virtual reality, procedural audio, sonification and spatialization

Ben Chang: Virtual reality, Art games, Games for Learning, Games and Health, Interactive Art

Eric Ameres: Game Engines and Architecture, Robotics, Hardware and Interfaces, Data Visualization and Informatics, Interactive and Generative Music and Sound, VR and AR

Robert Nideffer: Virtual Environments and Behavior, Interface Theory and Design, Technology and Culture, Contemporary Social Theory, Game Studies

Silvia Ruzanka: Games, Aesthetics, New Media Art; Philosophy; Animation; Interactive Installation, Physical Computing, Alternative Interfaces

Kathleen Ruiz: Eco-Resilience Environmental Games, Empathy and the Philosophy of Games, Creative Game Art & Simulation, Curation, VR/AR/MR, Experimental Genres

Maurice Suckling: narratives and games, storytelling games, analog games as storytelling systems, analog game development, historical simulations, history in games, history of games

Helen Zhou: game-based learning, instructional design in AR/VR/XR, user study

Co-term application

Deadline: 12/1 for 2019

Start your application by 1/23 for all upcoming years

Institute and HASS requirement:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.2 at the time of application
  • (1) Letter of Recommendation (preferably from grad advisor)
  • Statement of Background and Goals
  • Graduate Faculty Advisor* (advisor’s signature is required on the application form)
  • 90 credits toward the undergraduate degree (101 for B. Arch students)
  • Graduate with a BS degree within 8 semesters with at least a 3.0 GPA to remain eligible
  • 4th and 5th Year Planner with appropriate academic load:
    • Per the Rensselaer catalog, graduate students should take no more than 15 graduate credits per semester. When taking undergraduate and graduate courses concurrently, this rule should be adhered to as closely as possible.
  • Approved Plan of Study.
  • Planner and transcript must match, i.e. course titles, course numbers, term, and credit amount.
  • Curriculum Advising and Program Planning (CAPP) Report.
  • Completed application with all required signatures.


Links and contacts:

  • General Guidelines & Application Process:
  • Co-Terminal Program Application:
  • Contact for questions about general application requirements and guidelines: 

Steven Atkinson

Sr. Student Services Administrator

Office of Graduate Education 

Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Professor of Practice in Game Development

The Program in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSASat Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Game Design and Development to help us inspire and educate the next generation of game developers. 

We seek applicants with a passion for making games, a strong record of professional accomplishment or individual creative practice and demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching at the college level. The ideal candidate will have experience in game development or related interactive media, a working knowledge of current 2D and 3D game engines, and the ability to teach students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. 

Teaching responsibilities will include core courses in game programming and project-based game development and may also include topics in the candidate’s area of specialty. The faculty member will advise undergraduate students, perform university and professional service, participate in curriculum development and contribute to the development of a new graduate program in Critical Game Design.

The GSAS Program ( is consistently ranked as one of the top games programs in North America, with an interdisciplinary curriculum combining practical and theoretical approaches to game development including computer science, art, music, writing, VR and AR design, game studies and media theory. In 2016 it was designated one of three Digital Gaming Hubs by the State of New York.

Appointment will be on a three-year, renewable contract at the rank of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Professor of Practice, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The preferred start date is August 2019.

Candidates must possess a terminal degree (Ph.D., M.F.A. or foreign degree equivalent), in Games, Interactive Media, Computer Science or a closely related field by the time of appointment. Alternatively, candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree (or foreign degree equivalent) plus at least ten (10) years of significant professional experience in a relevant field, or a Master’s Degree (or foreign degree equivalent) plus at least five (5) years of significant professional experience in a relevant field, may be considered. Evidence of effective teaching is required; prior teaching experience at the university level is highly desirable.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological university. With approximately 5,000 undergraduates and 2,500 graduate students from around the world, the university offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Rensselaer is located in Troy, NY, the heart of the “Tech Valley” region of the Hudson River Valley. The university’s Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) offers scholars and students opportunities for creative interdisciplinary research in the arts, performance technologies, science and engineering. The Tech Valley region is home to studios including Vicarious Visions/Activision, WB Games NY, Velan Studios and 1st Playable Productions, as well as a burgeoning indie development community.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit a letter of interest; a resume or curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching; work samples, such as an online portfolio, a list of shipped titles, or a research statement; and the names and email addresses for three (3) references who will be asked to upload a confidential letter of recommendation. Candidates should upload application materials electronically at this website:

Please contact: Kim Osburn with questions.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.

Advising Update for Dual Majors

Important information for Dual Major students regarding the HASS Core Requirements


We have been working with HASS student services and the Registrar’s Office on requirements for dual majors, and I’m pleased to announce an important clarification regarding the HASS Elective Requirements:

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