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Asst. Professor - Game Development/Immersive Media



The Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Game Development and Immersive Media. The Department seeks an innovative and dedicated educator and practitioner whose skill sets include: (1) primary expertise in game development using such engines as Unity and Unreal; (2) ability to produce a variety of content-driven VR/XR projects; (3) ability to create virtual assets; (4) interest in exploring related fields such as VR production. In addition to robust technical skills, the successful candidate will possess demonstrated knowledge of how games/immersive experiences/storytelling are used to create meaning, to educate and entertain. Successful candidates will also understand the role of play through a broader lens of interaction and user experience design. The appointment begins August 22, 2024 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 22 & 23, 2024.

Emerson College believes the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus climate where everyone can thrive is only possible in an authentically inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, sustainable and socially just environment. As a community of storytellers, we continually strive to cultivate a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. 

The Department of Visual and Media Arts (VMA) is a vibrant and engaged community of artists, scholars, and professionals, with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 1700 undergraduate students, and more than 100 MFA graduate students. The department offers general education courses in art history, a BA degree that includes tracks in either media studies or media production, a BFA in media production, an international BFA in Film Art with the Paris College of Art, a low-residency MFA in writing for film and television, and an MFA in film and media art. VMA also contributes to several interdepartmental programs. 

Emerson College enrolls over 5,800 graduate and undergraduate students from 49 states and more than 70 countries. Its main campus is located in the dynamic, multicultural city of Boston. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson’s commitment to inclusive excellence is supported by a range of resources such as the Office of Internationalization & Equity, the Social Justice Collaborative, and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.   

The ideal candidate will be a dedicated educator and active practitioner with: (1) college-level teaching experience or comparable professional teaching experience and (2) a record of innovative creative and/or professional work, and (3) a master’s level degree in art/media, or a terminal degree in a field related to game/immersive media development, or significant professional experience comparable to a terminal degree.

Responsibilities include: (1) teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in game development and emerging media within the Visual and Media Arts department on our Boston campus; (2) strengthening, revising, and augmenting VMA curriculum based on own research in development for VR/XR, game design, and/or interactive media; (3) academic advising and student mentorship; (4) service to the department, college, and profession. 

The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the scope and excellence of a diverse academic community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom in addition to pursuing scholarship, teaching, and service. Upholding the principle that diversity enriches education, Emerson College provides students with opportunities to learn from individuals who bring deep knowledge, different experiences, and unfamiliar perspectives to bear on teaching and creative work. More generally, the College is committed to infusing diversity into the curriculum, co-curricular offerings, and other activities as the means to develop community and intellectual growth. To support and sustain this community of learning, applicants demonstrating a record of significant engagement with issues of social, economic, racial, and/or gender justice and equity in their work will be given preference. 

To Apply: 
Please submit (1) a letter of application that discusses your approach to teaching and how you center your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core value in your teaching, creative/professional work, and/or service; (2) a PDF copy of your current curriculum vitae; (3) the names and contact information for three references (not to be contacted without applicant's written approval). 

Preference will be given to applications received by November 30th, 2023 but the position will remain open until filled. 

This position is located at the Boston campus teaching in-person classes, though there may be opportunities to teach undergraduate classes online. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, and serving on department and college committees.
Please note, in the job application where there is the "CV/Cover Letter/ Additional Documents" drop box, you must include all of the required materials listed above. You can upload each document separately or as a combined PDF. Your application will not be complete without these documents. 

If you are having issues uploading, please email facultycareers@emerson.edu