Three (3) Year, Renewable Fixed-Term Faculty Position
Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Troy, New York
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Program in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications for a faculty position in Game Design and Development. Appointment will be a non-tenured position on a three year, renewable contract, at the rank of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Professor of Practice. We seek outstanding applicants with industry experience or creative practice, and who can demonstrate a record of successful collegiate teaching. The selected candidate will join a diverse, interdepartmental faculty whose research spans game technology, platform studies, game studies, game design, interactive narrative, educational games, serious games, psychological and cognitive dimensions of games, indie game production, and games as an art form.

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. The successful candidate must have experience in creating games and a working knowledge of current game engines and development environments such as Unity3D or Unreal Engine 4. Responsibilities will include teaching a variety of courses based on specialization; examples may include Introduction to Game Design/Development, UI/UX Design for Games, 3D Modeling and Texturing, and/or higher-level technical and special topics courses in the area of the candidate’s specialty. In addition, the faculty member will also advise undergraduate students, perform university and professional service, and will contribute to the development of a new graduate program in GSAS. The ability to forge corporate and foundation partnerships is highly desired.

To be considered at any level, candidates must hold a terminal degree, or foreign degree equivalent, in one, or a combination of the following: Game Design, Game Studies, Digital/Interactive Media, Computer Science, Art and Technology, or a related discipline, and be able to exhibit, through their accomplishments, promise of future distinction in relevant scholarly or artistic practice. To be appointed as a Professor of Practice, candidates must have substantial professional experience of at least 10-15 years, along with a national or international reputation for excellence in their field of expertise.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological university. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate 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.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and evidence of teaching effectiveness to

In addition, three letters of reference must be submitted to Ms. Beth Dennis via email:

Please contact Kim Osburn with questions:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.