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Assistant Professor of Game Design & Game Studies


Hampshire College


Job Title: Assistant Professor of Game Design & Game Studies

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range/ Status: $55,600–68,000

Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2022


Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Game Design and Game Studies to begin July 1, 2022.


Hampshire’s academic program is organized around a set of transdisciplinary Learning Collaboratives that assemble faculty, students, and staff to address urgent contemporary issues and challenges. For 2022–23, the urgent challenges are: (1) How should we act on our responsibilities in the face of changing climate?; (2) How do we disrupt and dismantle white supremacy?; (3) How do we decide what constitutes truth in a “post-truth” era?; and (4) How can art and creative practices address trauma? Over the course of the academic year, the successful candidate will teach at least two courses that connect with one or another of these challenges and also mentor student projects that engage with these challenges. Candidates are invited to explain how their teaching and scholarly/artistic work does or could contribute to addressing these shared challenges.


Hampshire College is a member of the Five College consortium (Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts), with rich opportunities for collaboration.



The ideal candidate for this position will have substantial experience as a game designer, will situate that work within the context of social justice, and will have a dedication to innovation in undergraduate education. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability to work synergistically across disciplinary boundaries, connecting game design with other disciplines such as computer animation, critical media studies, experimental media, and creative writing. We particularly invite applications from candidates who center race, gender, and sexuality in their work, encouraging students to grapple with the operation of power and privilege in the gamescape.


The successful candidate will:


  • teach two courses during each term (Fall and Spring);
  • connect two courses each year with one or two of the urgent challenges listed above;
  • advise and mentor Hampshire students;
  • collaborate with faculty colleagues across disciplines;
  • participate in events and forums organized by one of the Learning Collaboratives;
  • be eager to participate in continuous pedagogical experimentation.




  • have a terminal degree (Ph.D. or MFA) by start date or significant experience in game design
  • have a demonstrated ability to engage undergraduates in their field through innovative teaching



Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at www.hampshire.edu.



Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We’re particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.



Applicants should submit:


  • a letter describing their teaching and scholarly/artistic interests and how they will contribute to addressing one or more of the urgent challenges;
  • curriculum vita;
  • names, titles, and contact info for three referees;
  • any other materials that could support the application (sample syllabi, evidence of teaching excellence, work samples, etc.).


Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at https://jobs.hampshire.edu/


Review of applications will begin on March 21, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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