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Assistant Professor (Lecturer)


The University of Utah’s Entertainment Arts and Engineering (EAE) program is seeking to hire a teaching faculty member at the rank of assistant professor (lecturer), beginning either January 2021 or Fall 2021. This is a Career-Line Faculty position (research optional, non-tenure track) within the University’s established promotion structure intended to be a long-term position with a renewable contract and multi-year appointments.

EAE is looking to hire a candidate with an interest in and knowledge of the technical and/or engineering aspects of game development. Experience in game development with industry-standard processes, tools, and platforms, is highly desirable. The successful candidate will also have a strong interest in bringing to bear their expertise in and passion for the wider context of games scholarship and teaching to help prepare our students for success.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in a technical field (e.g., Computer Science, Informatics). The successful candidate will share our vision of the power that games hold to transform players, groups and society, and will be passionate about teaching the diverse students within EAE and the University of Utah. Responsibilities include teaching broad-based undergraduate classes, technically-oriented graduate courses, as well as project-based studio courses, often in collaboration with other EAE faculty. We are excited about candidates who are, or want to be, active in a creative practice of game development broadly construed (e.g. indie, AAA, experimental, etc.). The faculty member is also expected to perform service at the program, university and professional level.

If you are interested in teaching the next generation’s leaders in games and interactive entertainment, we strongly encourage you to apply.

The University of Utah’s EAE Program is a world leader in games education, with top-ranked programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Founded in 2007, EAE is a teaching program centered on the discipline of games, with its programs consistently ranked in the top ten worldwide by Princeton Review since 2013. EAE programs were ranked #1 in the world in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and has been ranked in the top five worldwide for the last seven years. The EAE faculty is a collegial community of games scholars composed of artists, computer scientists, designers, games studies scholars, and social scientists who all work together to design and teach our courses. This diversity of background in our faculty is one of the core elements of our students’ experiences.

The University of Utah is a Carnegie Research I institution located in Salt Lake City, the hub of a large metropolitan area with excellent cultural and recreational opportunities. Additionally, a vibrant local game development community offers opportunities for interesting collaborations. In their 2016 report on the videogame industry in the US, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) described Utah as the 2nd best performing state for growth in the game industry since 2013. Further information about EAE and our current faculty can be found at

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and names and contact information for at least three references to be considered. Evidence of teaching effectiveness is strongly recommended if available. Applications must be submitted on-line. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. EAE is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our academic community. We strongly encourage underrepresented minority and women candidates to apply.

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