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Instructor or Lecturer – Programming


Instructor or Lecturer – Programming

Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA)


The Nicholson School of Communication and Media (NSCM) in the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a 12-month, non-tenure earning track instructor or lecturer in the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA). This position is anticipated to begin in August 2023.


The successful candidate will contribute to the mission of the FIEA M.S. Interactive Entertainment graduate program by teaching low-level game programming and team-based project courses. The candidate may instruct in an undergraduate course in the fall and/or spring semester in programming, technical tools, production or support research or sponsored activities in the game-related or simulation industries. The instructional assignments are expected to be in-person at the graduate level. Virtual technologies are utilized for a team and one-on-one instruction within the program, and various modes may be applied in any undergraduate assignment. In addition to a teaching assignment, service responsibilities are part of the faculty assignment. This includes recruitment, student advising (academic, professional and career), participating in the school's academic life (e.g., attending faculty meetings, serving on school committees), and professional, instructional and community service in the game and simulation industries.


Minimum Qualifications:

A master's (for an instructor) or a terminal degree (for a lecturer) from an accredited institution in computer science, interactive technologies or a related field with game industry related and/or instructional experience. Candidates with a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field with more than 10 years of game industry-related and/or instruction experience may be considered.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Highly motivated and proficient in programming languages C/C++, demonstrate programming and problem- solving skills, are familiar with network architectures and data structure, and have evidence of effective teaching and/or mentoring.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in game engines, Unreal Engine, Unity or a proprietary engine or system.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary team-based approaches to instruction.
  • A master's or terminal degree with more than 10 years of game industry and/or instructional experience.


Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload the following:


  • A letter of application outlining how you are prepared to join the faculty at UCF, highlighting teaching experience and other qualifications of the position.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.
  • A list with the contact information for three academic or professional references – no reference letters.


NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be simultaneously uploaded. Additional required application materials should be attached in the 'My Experience' section of the application for external applicants or in the 'Resume/Cover Letter' area for internal applicants. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Questions regarding this position should be directed to Mr. Rich Grula, senior instructor and search committee chair.


The FIEA program is ranked as the #2 graduate game design program by The Princeton Review. For more information about the program and school, visit


NSCM is a student-centered school with a very collegial and friendly faculty and staff. NSCM strives to be a premier academic program known for excellence in research, teaching and service to students and the community. For more information about the school and its programs, visit


The College of Sciences (COS) houses most of the university's natural, computational, and social sciences in eight departments, two schools, and several centers. The college's programs play a key role in advancing UCF as a national research university that is determined to help students from all backgrounds achieve success. For more information, visit


UCF, located in Orlando, Florida, is classified as a Very High Research Activity (R1) university by the Carnegie Foundation. With a diverse student body of more than 70,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the country. The university offers more than 200 degree programs. UCF is committed to diversity and was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2019. For more information, visit


Equal Opportunity Statement

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.