THE SCHOOL OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS (SFPA), a unit of the Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University, announces an opening for a full-time, tenure track appointment in Game & Interactive Media Design at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2021 on the University’s Lawrenceville campus.
The B.A. in Game and Interactive Media Design program, now in its second year, enrolls over 50 majors. A significant hallmark of the curriculum is the interdisciplinary connection with several other departments. Students work in two labs created in summer 2019 for this and other design programs. The synergy between Game and Communications, in particular, offers wide opportunities for collaboration, entrepreneurial conversations, and team approaches to the industry.
The successful candidate will:
- help guide the evolution and continued curricular development of this new, multidisciplinary program
- teach courses in their area of specialty, as well as introductory survey and analysis courses that cover the breadth of game production, game culture and interactive media design
- recruit a diverse cohort of students through official University events, off-campus visits to regional schools, and other activities
- support the program and the department through membership on committees, working groups, student advising and mentoring, and marketing of the program
- engage in ongoing creative or scholarly work, which can include traditional academic publications or a portfolio of creative work
- establish connections between the University and the industry to facilitate student internships, guest visits to campus, and professional instructors to help deliver our courses
The successful candidate will hold, at minimum, a Master’s Degree with experience in the field, though a Master of Fine Arts or Doctorate is preferred.
Required credentials include specialization in game design or a closely related field, earned terminal degree appropriate for their specialty (MFA or PhD or MA with field experience), a portfolio of work indicative of an understanding of game design or interactive media, and a commitment to student-centered pedagogical techniques, particularly those that address the needs of a diverse student population.
Preferred credentials include collegiate-level teaching experience in game design; ability to collaborate successfully with professionals in other departments, fields and organizations; established reputation in creating interactive designs or digital game design; demonstrated success with engaging and effective remote instruction; and an emerging record of progressive and innovative scholarship or creative activity. Collegiate teaching experience in game design is preferred. Field experience or a secondary interest in 3D modelling, visual design or real-time interactive media is highly desired.
All applicants must complete an online application for position #316026 at https://rider.peopleadmin.com/postings/6810 and must attach a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy and goals; a statement outlining a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom, including evidence of experience working with and teaching diverse students; a link to an online portfolio of creative work; and names and contact information for three professional references. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts and completion of a background check are required for all new hires. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit materials by February 15, 2021.
SFPA is one of four units of the Westminster College of the Arts, comprised additionally of Westminster Choir College, Westminster Conservatory, and Westminster Continuing Education. The College of the Arts values diversity among its faculty and remains committed to building a culturally competent and diverse intellectual and artistic community. SFPA offers undergraduate degrees in arts entertainment and industries management, dance, dance science, game and interactive media design, musical theatre, popular music, and theatre. If offers the M.A. in Arts Management and Executive Leadership and provides content specific coursework for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Dance/Movement Therapy specialization. The School collaborates with other departments and colleges of Rider University in support of the curriculum, performances, and productions. Lawrenceville is located within easy driving distance of Philadelphia and New York City.
To learn more about the School of Fine and Performing Arts, please visit our website at https://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/westminster-college-of-the… performing-arts
To learn more about Westminster College of the Arts, please visit our website at https://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/westminster-college-arts
Rider University is a private university with a primary campus located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Over 4,100 undergraduate and 950 graduate students are enrolled in 67 undergraduate programs and 35 graduate programs in business administration, education, liberal arts, sciences, fine and performing arts, counseling, and leadership. There are 248 full-time faculty supporting a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rider in the top tier of northern regional universities offering master’s degrees. Rider is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.