Assistant Professor - Game Design & Development
Wilfrid Laurier University
The Program of Game Design and Development in the Faculty of Human and Social Science at Wilfrid Lauier University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant level in the area of Digital Game Development beginning July 1, 2019, subject to budgetary approval.
Based in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, the Game Design and Development program focuses on critical game design practices that result in rich, informative, and persuasive games. Genres explored throughout the program include: games for health, educational games, newsgames, and socio-political games. Students in the program learn to apply critical thinking skills to the design of digital, analog, and live-action games that benefit society, drawing on areas such as game-based learning, experiential design, procedural representation and rhetoric, systems thinking, and the use of game mechanics to convey a message.
The successful candidate will have a research agenda emphasizing critical design practices of pro-social games, the impact of games, educational/serious games, games for training, museums, or other informal settings, or other aspects of games with real-world outcomes.
The successful candidate will also have experience using industry-standard game development tools, such as GameMaker Studio, Unity, Android Studio, and HTML5. Courses taught by the candidate may include introductory and intermediate courses on digital game development as well as platform-specific courses in mobile and web games, sound design, or 2D/3D design. Additionally, the successful candidate will oversee the computer and prototype labs in which courses will be taught and where students work on projects.
Qualification for the positions include a PhD in Computer Science, Information Science, Game Studies, Educational Technology, Psychology, Cultural Studies or a related field.
A complete application package will include:
1. A letter of application describing the candidate’s qualifications
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Statement of Research Interests and publications
4. Game Portfolio indicating contributions to each game
5. Teaching Dossier
6. The names and contact information for at least three references
The deadline for receipt of all materials is May 25, 2019. All materials must be sent electronically to:
Dr. Scott Nicholson
c/o Jenny Ververs
Wilfrid Laurier University – Brantford Campus
73 George Street
Brantford, Ontario N3T 2Y3
Applicants can learn more about the Program and current faculty research interests at https://www.wlu.ca/programs/human-and-social-sciences/undergraduate/game-design-and-development-bfaa/index.html
Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of a visible minority. 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. Lauren Eisler email@example.com. Further information on the equity policy can be found at https://www.wlu.ca/about/governance/assets/resources/8.4-employment-equity.html
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the requirements of the Department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada the successful applicant will be required to prove they are legally able to work in Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships, however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:
Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada
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 accessible format, please contact Nancy Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519-756-8228 ext. 5778.
Laurier Brantford and the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.