The Interactive Arts and Media Department of Columbia College Chicago seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty position in Game Design beginning August 2019. Successful candidates will demonstrate technical and critical expertise in their field related to Game Design, matched by a vibrant, complementary practice that directly contributes to the broader portfolio of applied media research and related civic tech initiatives in the School of Media Arts.
Ideal candidates will have teaching and creative development experience in several of the following areas: game software development, game engine programming, narrative design, game theory or related math models, prototyping, scripting, level design, systems design, game artificial intelligence, and human-centered design. Someone with a proven track record of game development and exhibition or distribution is critical.
The candidate must exhibit excellent teaching and scholarly credentials and be passionate about undergraduate and graduate education. Intellectual curiosity, an ability to communicate and work well in teams, and an understanding of team production methodologies is essential. A candidate with proven leadership skills and experience in curriculum development will be of particular interest.
Faculty in the Interactive Arts and Media department enjoy a student population of creative, fun, and diverse urbanites who are passionate about making games a central canon of their culture. Student-led clubs and frequent game-a-thons are paired with annual departmental presence at industry events like the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco and the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG).
Located in the heart of Chicago’s south loop, Columbia College Chicago offers a remarkably stimulating urban campus that is within walking distance to world-class museums, lake front parks and trails and is part of an intellectual ecosystem of colleges and universities.
Chicago’s thriving entrepreneurial tech community is matched by an equally diverse arts and civic context, providing endless opportunities for both bottom-line and mission-driven media development and creative practice.
The department serves as a research and development hub within the School of Media Arts, connecting emerging media forms to other areas of scholarly inquiry and practice, including film, television, audio arts, communication and journalism. We are interested in candidates who can further the cross-industrial application of new game technologies toward both personal expression and socially-engaged play.
The position offers competitive benefits including affordable health, dental, vision coverage, life and disability programs, paid and unpaid leave options, educational assistance programs, retirement and financial planning.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Teach at the undergraduate and graduate level in areas assigned by the Department Chair.
Engage with the broader scholarly and professional communities.
Supervise and advise students.
Contribute to the development, planning and implementation of a high-quality curriculum.
Commit to continuing professional development.
Actively follow and promote Columbia College Chicago policies.
PhD, MFA or other terminal degree in computer games, computer science, digital media, computational media or other relevant field are preferred.
- Candidates with significant and ongoing industry experience may apply and need appropriate certifications related to Game Design.
Professional experience and college teaching experience are highly desirable.
To ensure consideration, applicants should submit the following as one document (.doc .docx or .pdf): Letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, portfolio links or sample publications.
Candidates considered for interviews will be asked to provide three letters of reference and evidence of successful teaching at the time of invitation.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
About the College
Columbia College Chicago is a private not-for-profit college for creatives serving nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in downtown Chicago’s South Loop, the College is centered in one of the world’s most lively urban cultural areas. Its many competitive advantages include its strong reputation in the creative industries, outstanding faculty and passionate students, impressive technological and physical resources, and a sincere commitment to bringing diverse voices and experiences into close proximity with each other to shape new forms of creative practice.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.
At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.
We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.
Position subject to a background screening.
This is a non-union position.
This position is overtime exempt.
Columbia College Chicago actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as vitally important to its present and future success. These principles are essential to the educational experiences of our students, staff, and faculty. We seek faculty with a demonstrated ability to work with students from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds, and whose creative, scholarly and/or professional work aligns with our commitment to dismantling systems of privilege and oppression. Each of the individuals hired, along with holding faculty rank in their respective departments, is expected to advance the College’s DEI mission. For more information on the office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion please visit: colum.edu/diversity.
Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.