Game Studies - Professor (Game Design and Development)

Wilfrid Laurier University

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2014-04-16

Professor of Game Studies

Game design is a rapidly growing field that demands practitioners with a high degree of sophistication in understanding critical game studies along with the technical capabilities to create a finished game product or experience. A proposed program in Game Design and Development at the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University seeks a senior colleague to shape and guide the formative years of this program. Applications are being accepted for this position, beginning July 1, 2015, at the Associate or Full Professor level, subject to budgetary and program approval. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and will have academic and practical expertise in the area of games. The academic home for this position is in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences.

The proposed program, a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts, intends to have incoming students by the fall of 2015. It will prepare students to work within educational institutions or with corporations and non-profit organizations with the goal of initiating positive change; students will be able to create games and interactive experiences that make a difference. We seek someone whose area of research involves both the mechanics and the motivations of game playing. Examples of "games" might include LARP's, MMO's, analog board games, or any variety of digital 2-D or 3-D games. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in creating games with a publication record that speaks to both theoretical and applied aspects of game studies and the teaching load will include a number of courses within the Games program including focused, senior-level special topics courses. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated familiarity with building an academic program with post-secondary partners and be willing and able to seek out sources of external funding in order to create a research lab that will bring together Laurier faculty and students with community partners in an effort to prototype and/or create gamified solutions to social, cultural, or commercial needs

Interested candidates are invited to forward a letter of application, curriculum vitae, samples of published work and a teaching dossier that includes summaries of course evaluations and course outlines. Candidates should also provide contact information (address, telephone and e-mail addresses) for three references. Materials are to be sent to:

Dr. Kathryn Carter
c/o Megan Chipman
Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus
73 George Street
Brantford, Ontario, Canada N3T 2Y3
Email: LBGDDhires@wlu.ca

The deadline for receipt of materials is May 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm. Electronic applications are encouraged.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of a visible minority. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the requirements of Human Resources Skills Development Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the successful applicant will be required to prove they are legally able to work in Canada.

Members of the designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to the Dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Dr. Bruce Arai. Further information on the equity policy can be found at: https://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=2465&p=10545

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Nancy Lambert, Administrative Manager, at nlambert@wlu.ca.


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