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Director, Endless Lab for Games & Learning


Search for the Founding Director of the Endless Lab for Games and Learning

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


Arizona State University

Tempe/Mesa, AZ


The Endless Lab for Games and Learning (the Lab) represents a new era in education. Merging cutting-edge technology, engaging game environments, and universally accessible high-intensity learning experiences, the Lab will be at the forefront of developing infinitely scalable learning solutions to reach and impact the lives of millions of learners worldwide. Housed in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University (ASU), the Lab seeks a Founding Director with a passion for scaling innovative game-making pathways and game-based-learning to deliver on this bold vision and play an influential role in shaping the future of teaching and learning on a global scale.


The Lab envisions a world where learning transcends traditional boundaries, harnessing the power of digital creativity to create high-quality, personalized learning experiences that are accessible and engaging for everyone. Almost ½ billion global youth (ages 15-30) are not in school or are unemployed. Existing systems of education cannot reach these young people because they are not designed to be scalable and personalized, meeting learners where they are–in the environments where they play, socialize, and spend time. Educators must find ways to build personalized learning and work pathways that are integrated into the interests, habits, and lives of young people. This requires new educational technology, new models of mentorship and peer learning, new ways to assess knowledge, skills and competencies, and new curricular designs.


The Lab will directly support ASU’s innovation efforts across the five realms of teaching and learning. Specifically, the Lab will advance Realm 5: Infinitely Scalable Learning, focusing on massively distributed, personalized, and adaptive learning solutions. In support of this ambition, the Director will lead the design and development of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary initiative. They will be responsible for building an applied learning and research lab, working with industry partners, teaching and mentoring students, participating in professional and university service, engaging stakeholders in the university and the community, and demonstrating national and international leadership in their field. They will also lend strategic vision to a newly developed set of degree programs around game development and design. The successful candidate will also be dedicated to advancing the ASU Charter and realizing ASU’s Design Aspirations.


Candidates from outside of academia with demonstrated expertise and thought leadership in gaming, technology, education or educational technology, computer science, engineering, computational media, media arts, or related fields are encouraged to apply. This full-time, twelve-month administrative position also carries a faculty appointment (rank and title TBD) in the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering.


ASU has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including resumes and letters of interest responding to the requirements outlined in the position profile) should be submitted via Isaacson, Miller’s website.


Electronic submission of application is required.