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Assistant/Associate Professor in Gaming

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant/Associate Professor in Gaming
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0160191
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The School of Visual Arts seeks applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor, tenure-track faculty position with a specialization in Gaming; with experience teaching 2D and 3D gaming at the university or college level beyond graduate school teaching appointments; maintaining a strong national/international creative research agenda; and advising students. Faculty are expected to participate in school, college and university level service and outreach programs including collaboration and cross-disciplinary work with other programs within the School of Visual Arts (SOVA), committee work, and administrative duties.

The School of Visual Arts (SOVA) is housed within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Within three areas of SOVA (VCD, Studio Arts and Art History). The school also offers an MFA in Creative Technologies, an MA in Material Culture, and an individualized Ph.D. in Human-Centered Design. Information can be found at: http://www.sova.vt.edu.

This faculty search is part of a cross-college cluster hire being conducted within the Destination Area and the Creative Technologies and experiences Strategic Growth Area, which are two initiatives created to recruit and support world-class groups of faculty colleagues that bridges disciplinary strengths. This cluster hire will foster interdisciplinary collaborations that explore interactive approaches to thinking and problem solving through the lens of technology. (http://provost.vt.edu/destination areas.html)

Required Qualifications:

This position requires a terminal degree in Gaming or related field; experience teaching 2D and 3D Gaming at the university or college level beyond graduate school teaching appointments; a desire to work collaboratively and across disciplines with proven academic leadership experience. The candidate’s portfolio should demonstrate a good sense of level and set design, environment design, lighting, texturing and character design in gaming, know how to weave storytelling and content into games, experience in browser based gaming, experience in AR and VR gaming; professional experience in the field of Gaming is highly desirable.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded given the institutional history and legacy of the university. Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT — serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community (http://www.inclusive.vt.edu/), which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate should have a strong working knowledge of industry standards in content creation software packages (Unity, Unreal, Maya, Zbrush, Substance Designer, Headus and Photoshop); evidence of an on-going and active professional exhibition record at a national and international level with a broad understanding of the history and theory of contemporary 2D and 3D gaming. Expertise with coding in Unity or Unreal game engines is highly desirable.

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How to Apply for this Job:

Interested individuals should apply online at jobs.vt.edu (posting TR0160191). Candidates should submit a cover letter, current CV, research statement, teaching statement and the names of at least three references. We encourage candidates to highlight their own efforts to address issues of diversity and inclusion in their candidate statement. Applicants will be notified before any references are contacted. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the deadline for ensuring full consideration is February 15, 2017.

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with education and experience
Department: School of Visual Arts
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 01/03/2017
Review Begin Date: 02/15/2017
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/72398

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Research Statement
  5. Teaching Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Transcript
  2. Candidate Statement
  3. Other Doc
  4. Portfolio
  5. Other Doc #2