Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor of Game Creation


Texas A&M University
School of Performance, Visualization, & Fine Arts

The School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts (PVFA) at Texas A&M University invites applications for one (1) full-time Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Game Creation with a nine-month academic appointment beginning Fall 2024. The Technical Art and Interactive Media Section of the School seeks candidates with expertise in game design, game development, and interactive simulation, who demonstrate proficiency with the theory, state-of-the-art tools, processes, methodologies, and practices in the field. This can include:

Game-based Learning
Serious Games
Computational Creativity
Procedural Game Creation
Game production experience is especially desirable, particularly experience with Unreal Engine, Unity 3D, Godot, and mobile deployment.

This position will be located at the new Texas A&M University campus in downtown Fort Worth and will be associated with development of the Virtual Production Institute (VPI). The VPI initiative has received $25 million in funding from the State of Texas to pursue the development of new applications of visual computing and interactive technologies and translating their use across multiple industries, entertainment, and the arts. The VPI is committed to educating and training a new generation of industry- and practice-ready engineers, technologists, and artists. The VPI’s first production stages and labs will open in the 2024-2025 academic year on both the main campus in Bryan/College Station and in Fort Worth.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an exceptional approach to their own research, developing and maintaining a national and international reputation through research, publication, exhibitions, lectures, and other creative outlets. Candidates will be expected to gain visibility through peer-reviewed academic research publications, juried creative works, or both. Priority will be given to faculty members who demonstrate the ability to pursue external funding to support their work. They will also be able to develop and teach a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, such as Game Design, Game Development, Game Level Design, and Advanced Game Design. They will play a fundamental role in teaching, research, and service in building the future of the Games curriculum at Texas A&M University and its relationship to the global games research community.

The School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts is a new School within the Texas A&M University System. The School is charged with developing innovative research and creative works, public performances, and degree offerings at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels that build upon our strength in merging art, science and technology, as well as the traditional fields of music, dance, art, and theater. Applicants should consult the school’s website to review our academic and research programs (https://pvfa.tamu.edu/).

Qualifications

Candidates must hold a terminal degree, Ph.D. (preferred) or M.F.A., in a related field as described above by the appointment start date. Candidates are expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels and must have a well-developed research agenda that will inform and advance current trends in the field. Applicants should consult the school’s website to review our academic and research programs (https://pvfa.tamu.edu/), paying particular attention to our B.S., M.S., and M.F.A. programs in Visualization.

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should apply through Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/138477 and submit the following materials:

Cover letter
Curriculum vitae (embed links to your work, student work, etc.)
Personal Statement: Your statement should include your philosophy and plans for research, teaching, and service as applicable.
Names and contact information of five (5) professional references

Review of applications will begin 30 days after posting and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Donald H. House, Chair of Search Committee (email: d-house@tamu.edu).

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