Instructor or Assistant Professor of Game Design – Production

Position Information

Position Information

Department College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA)
Alternate Department Description

Computer Game Design

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Job Category Instructional or Research Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Instructor or Assistant Professor of Game Design – Production
Working Title Instructor or Assistant Professor of Game Design – Production
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number F9111Z
Recruit Number Faculty - 7276
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
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Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Instructor or Assistant Professor of Game Design – Production

The George Mason University Computer Game Design Program, within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, seeks qualified candidates for an Instructor or Assistant Professor of Game Design in Production. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


The role of the Instructor or Assistant Professor of Game Design is to teach the undergraduate and graduate game design and production courses, and help develop this future track in the Computer Game Design Program. Candidates are expected to pursue research (traditional or applied) and/or creative endeavors to make a significant contribution to the field. Key responsibilities include:

  • Teaches a 4-4 load each academic year from an approved curriculum and develops future courses in game design/production;
  • Participates in school recruitment and retention initiatives, and activities determined by the Program Director;
  • Motivates students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process;
  • Completes professional development and in-service activities in accordance with university standards;
  • Maintains expertise in subject area and recommends improvements in curriculum design;
  • When possible, participates in core course academic support programs, student mentoring and student professional associations; and
  • Serves on program, college and university committees in consultation with the Program Director.

Additional Functions:

  • Actively seeks external grants and contracts to support research and creative endeavors; and
  • Participates in professional game design and game production-related organizations and conferences.

Required Qualifications

  • Experienced and knowledgeable about all facets of the game design and production field, including technical, managerial and artistic advances; current research (traditional and applied); and industry developments.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience (minimum 5 years).
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working with and teaching all primary game design, production, and management software applications, engines, and tools, as well as related hardware.
  • Applicable experience (minimum of five years is desired) in the industry; and expertise using current professional game engines, editors and project management software;
  • Knowledge of multi-platform game production and publication;
  • Knowledge of C# and C++;
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • Proven critical thinking, problem-solving and judgment skills;
  • Ability to successfully interact with the industry business and governmental communities;
  • Possesses an approach that fosters a respectful, nonthreatening workplace environment; and
  • Has a demonstrated commitment and ability to work collaboratively within a complex work environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Publications of major entertainment or serious games and two years of higher education teaching in the subject matter area; and
  • Terminal degree in game-related discipline;
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: March 23, 2018
Posting Date 02/26/2018
Job Close Date
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV
  3. List of Professional References
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