York University – Assistant Professor: Art of Games and Play

The Department of Computational Arts in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design (AMPD) invites applications for a tenure-track professorial-stream appointment in Art of Games and Play at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2019. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Gaming is a defining cultural form of the 21st century. The Department of Computational Arts has an expansive and forward looking perspective on game education both through exploration of a range of delivery platforms from mobile to VR and through examining new and cutting edge trends in gaming, such as in the areas of alt gaming, queer games, Not Games, and urban gaming where the potential and boundaries of games and game play are being challenged and tested.

This position will attract a strong junior creative researcher who is an experienced game designer and developer with knowledge of design theory, professional game engines, and coding for game development. A candidate would be one who develops and explores gaming as it is played out in a wide range of contemporary practices with an ongoing program of research and specialization in one or more of the following areas: art games, serious games, experimental game mechanics, alternate reality games, game-related art, installation, worldmaking, or visualization. The profile of the ideal candidate will be a practicing artist and creative coder with a proven background in theory and scholarship who has worked with professional game engines, has experience with the dissemination of work in various platforms and cultural contexts (mobile media, web-based, gallery, etc.), and incorporates interdisciplinary approaches to art and science with a capacity to teach and provide leadership in curriculum development in studio-based games courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Primary teaching will take place in the Game Arts Stream of the Digital Media program, a joint program between the Department of Computational Arts in AMPD, and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Lassonde School of Engineering. As well as potential teaching in the Intermedia Program, a joint program between the Department of Computational Arts and Visual Art and Art History.

A Ph.D. or PhD equivalent, typically an MA/MFA with a substantial record of professional experience in gaming and game development is required. Candidates must show excellence or promise of excellence in teaching, scholarly research and publication and service.

The successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is preferred.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 15th, 2018. A letter of application with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, three letters of reference and teaching evaluations should be sent to: Professor Mark-David Hosale, Chair, Department of Computational Arts in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3,

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