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Instructor - Game Design and Development


The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position.


Envision yourself in a collaborative, inclusive, and innovative work environment that has a deep commitment to position our graduates for success in their professional and personal lives. Visualize applying your energy and skills for an organization that respects and cares about its employees enough to offer some of the best benefits of the industry while encouraging every team member to grow, collaborate, and provide input on how to consistently make the workplace a place people love to work. Imagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. If what was just described is what you look for in a workplace, welcome to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)!

The UCCS College of Engineering & Applied Science (EAS) is seeking applications for a full-time Instructor position in Computer Science, ideally starting Spring 2024 though a Fall 2024 start will be considered. This position will teach undergraduate courses including cross-listed courses in the Department of Computer Science as assigned by the department chair. The typical course load for an instructor is 24 credit hours (8 courses of 3 credit hours each) per academic year.  This instructor position will teach game design and development courses and other related computer science courses that are necessary for game design and development degrees and specializations.

Other activities include:

Curriculum development including the development of new courses

Guiding undergraduate students in independent studies

Developing and teaching online courses

Advising undergraduate majors

Participating in College and Departmental committees and meetings

Other as assigned by the Chair of the Computer Science Department

Who We Are:

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The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. We have a strong focus in fueling student success by creating, using, and maintaining a multitude of different offices and programs. Overall, UCCS is constantly focused of preparing our students to have success in the future, and we understand that every single employee on our campus has a significant effect on that focus. Find more information about working at UCCS here:

The city, which was recently ranked as the number nine Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2023, known as Olympic City USA, rests at the base of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for the song “America the Beautiful” and a must-see for residents and visitors alike. With a mild climate and 247 days of sunshine each year, the Springs boasts some of the state’s best recreation opportunities. Find out more about living in Colorado Springs through the Visit Colorado Springs page:


Job Competencies:

To be successful in this position, the employee will need the following:

Knowledge: An understanding of how game engines (for example, Unity, GameMaker, and/or Unreal Engine) are used to develop games. If the employee doesn’t have the requisite knowledge to teach an assigned class, they should be enthusiastically willing to acquire that knowledge.

Ability: The ability to develop games using Unity to demonstrate those activities in the context of college courses. The ability to manage student teams of game developers as they design, produce, and deploy video games.

Talents: A strong motivation to develop games, teach students how to develop games, and explore new ideas and technologies as the field of game development evolves.


Work Location: On-site


This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starting at $70,000 - $73,000 per academic year

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers excellent benefits, some of which include:

Medical insurance, with the lowest cost option being $0 to the employee

Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance

Mandatory retirement plans. Employees contribute 5% of their annual compensation. CU doubles that and contributes 10%

Tuition Assistant Benefit available to you or a dependent

Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of employment

Tentative Search Timeline:

Priority will be given to applications submitted by October 27, 2023. However, this posting will remain open until filled.

The potential dates for interviews will be the week of November 13, 2023.

The potential employee start date is January 8, 2024. A Fall 2024 start date will also be considered.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.



Please note that while the position details both required qualifications as well as preferred qualifications below, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in game design and development, computer science, or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Four months teaching experience at the college level.

Experience teaching one or more game programming courses at the college level.

Experience teaching one or more game design courses at the college level.

Development and deployment (selling or providing for free) of one or more video games.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to move. The employee must occasionally stand for extended periods, moderate bending, and fine motor skills. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.


Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.