Pennsylvania State University — Assistant Teaching Professor or Lecturer of Game Design and Development

Assistant Teaching Professor or Lecturer of Game Design and Development

Penn State Behrend's School of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks to hire a full-time non-tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor (or Lecturer) of Game Design and Development starting Fall 2023. Qualified candidates must hold at least a Master's degree in game design and development or a related field. The position is open to candidates from a wide variety of disciplines (arts, humanities, social sciences) with experience researching, designing, and teaching the design of games in multiple media, physical and virtual. Candidates should also be versatile and innovative teachers. The successful candidate will work with the Digital Media, Arts, and Technology (DIGIT) program and share coordination of Behrend's Game Development Minor with faculty members in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department in the School of Engineering. They will have the opportunity to engage with the Virtual Augmented Reality (VAR) lab and connect with the Penn State Game Consortium of faculty teaching Game Development courses. The successful candidate will also advise students and provide service to the school, college, and University.

The typical teaching load for this position is four courses a semester with the potential for some variance. Teaching assignments will be at the undergraduate level and may include both residential and virtual delivery. The successful candidate will teach core and elective courses for the Game Development minor, especially those in the design of game narrative and media. They may teach or co-teach the Game Development capstone course with faculty in Computer Science and Software Engineering. They may also teach in the discipline in which they were trained. Some experience in scripting or programming games is preferred, as is a willingness to collaborate with several intersecting disciplines.

Penn State Behrend, is an undergraduate and graduate college of The Pennsylvania State University. Situated on a beautiful, wooded 854-acre hillside campus recognized as a U.S. arboretum, we have four academic schools (Business; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science); student residential living; a range of research programs and outreach centers; and a highly successful business and technology park. With 5,000 students in resident instruction and online in college programs offered through Penn State World Campus, we uniquely blend the atmosphere and focus on teaching of a small college with access to the academic, research, and professional development resources of a Big 10, R1 University. Our college is an open laboratory of learning and discovery where students gain real-life experience engaging with business, industry, and community partners. We seek faculty members who share our commitment to both teaching and scholarship, to the holistic development of students, and to principles of respect, diversity, and inclusiveness.

Erie, Pennsylvania, a metropolitan area on Lake Erie, with more than a quarter of a million people, is a major tourism, medical, industrial, and service area two hours from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. We offer four seasons with cultural, sports, and recreational resources available year ‘round. Our summers are known for festivals, miles of beaches, and water sports, while our winters provide ample opportunity for snow sports. Erie's cost of living is modest, housing is affordable, and there are four other colleges in the region.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution. We are concerned uniquely with the institutional change required for visioning and realizing a more socially just university.

Please upload a cover letter describing your qualifications, interest, and teaching experience/philosophy and a curriculum vitae at time of application. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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