Job: Assistant Professor in Games and Virtual Environments at Northeastern U.

Assistant Professor – Games and Virtual Environments
Northeastern University
College of Arts, Media and Design
Location: Boston Main Campus
Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Tenure/Tenure Track)
Job no: 501799

Applications received on or before October 31, 2019 will be guaranteed full review and consideration


The Department of Art+Design in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University invites applications for an Assistant Professor tenure-track position in Games and Virtual Environments. We seek candidates with a national/ international record of excellence in research and/or creative practice in one or more areas including but not limited to: virtual reality, augmented reality, animation, art games, interactive art installations, generative design, psychology of play, serious games, interactive narrative, and digital storytelling. The ideal candidate should have a strong track record of interdisciplinary research and collaboration in their fields of practice and be able to work across fields and disciplines. Candidates should be able to teach courses related to game design and media arts in our growing undergraduate and graduate degree programs: BFAs in Games, Game Art and Animation, Media Arts, a BS in Computer Science and Game Development, and an MS in Game Science and Design. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with other faculty to design and shape new interdisciplinary PhD programs within the College and across the University. The appointment has an anticipated start date of August 31, 2020.


The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree (MFA or PhD) by the appointment start date and must have a strong record of excellence in game design/media arts and be poised to offer a significant contribution to the field of games at Northeastern as well as to the larger framework of design and digital technologies across the college. Candidates are expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels and must have a well-developed research agenda and/or creative practice that will inform and advance current trends in the field.


Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.


Northeastern University is a private R1 university centered in the cultural hub of Boston, Massachusetts, a thriving urban center of culture and innovation. The university is located on the Avenue of the Arts, across from the Museum of Fine Arts and a short walk away from the historic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. The university is renowned for interdisciplinary research, entrepreneurial spirit, experiential learning, and global connectedness. Northeastern has recently revealed a strategic plan to guide the university’s course for the next ten years. See:

The College of Arts, Media and Design has a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art+Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre. In addition, CAMD is home to two interdisciplinary research centers: the Center for the Arts and the Center for Design. It is a collaborative community within the university that acts as a catalyst for research, inspiration, and discovery. See:

The Department of Art+Design has expanded rapidly in the last couple of years and now encompasses 42 full time faculty, over 500 undergraduate majors, and 70 graduate students in fast-growing Master’s programs such as the MFA and MS in Information Design and Visualization, MS in Game Science and Design, and MS and MFA in Experience Design. Media Arts is one of three divisions within Art+Design, the other two being Art (e.g., visual arts and studio art) and Design (e.g., information and experience design). The BS in Computer Science and Game development and the MS in Game Science and Design are interdisciplinary degrees offered jointly between the College of Arts, Media and Design and the Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences. See: For information on the BFA in Media Arts, see:

Media Arts and Games faculty engage in interdisciplinary research that spans collaborations within different fields, including design, computer science, health sciences, behavior science, and engineering. They have been successful in attracting funding from the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Institutes of Health, and exhibiting their work at IndieCade and Ars Electronica, among others. Teaching and research labs have recently been upgraded with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, and more investments in space are anticipated as we grow and expand our research and education. For details on both media arts and game research and education at the College of Arts, Media and Design, see:


To apply, visit this website Applicants should submit a letter of application describing teaching, research, and any relevant professional experience; a CV; a research statement; and teaching statement. Applicants should also provide the contact information for three professional references and a URL to their professional website in order for the Search Committee to review the applicants’ portfolio/work samples/publications. Applications received on or before October 31, 2019 will be guaranteed full review and consideration. Inquires may be directed to Prof. Casper Harteveld, Search Committee Chair,

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University, and an ADVANCE institution. Candidates should have experience in, or a commitment to, working with diverse student populations in a culturally diverse work and educational environment. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Northeastern University offers benefits coverage to the domestic partners of benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Northeastern University is an E-Verify employer.


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