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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

5 Tenure Track Positions at all levels in Game Design at Northeastern University, USA

Northeastern University is seeking multiple tenure track faculty for
positions in Game Design and Interactive Media within the College of
Arts, Media and Design starting September 1, 2012.  Positions will be
filled at the assistant, associate or full professor rank depending on
the qualifications of the candidate. Northeastern may also consider a
multidisciplinary 'cluster hire' where several candidates elect to
form a team which proposes an innovative and translational research
direction responding to one or more of these positions.

1. Game Design/Interactive Media and Animation: Animation is
   fundamental to Game Design/Interactive Media to simulate the
   physical and kinetic properties of characters, objects and contexts
   in motion, in space, and in time. The simulation of environments
   requires sophisticated research into motion, lighting, surfaces and
   perspective. The simulation of characters requires creating
   expressive and accurate facial and body-motion qualities. This
   requires interdisciplinary research into physiology, kinesiology
   and psychology. Core features and technologies of virtually all the
   current top commercial game projects are based on such simulation.

2. Game Design/Interactive Media and Games Usability: Games Usability
   focuses on how users interact with games and media to facilitate
   and optimize user interface, including usability analysis, user
   experience, and behavioral trends. Games usability research is a
   specialized growth area that includes research, such as analysis of
   gameplay temporal data collected from real players to deduce
   behavioral trends (large data analysis). This area may take
   advantage of existing methodologies within CCIS and leverage new
   interdisciplinary collaborations with Psychology and the behavioral

3. Game Design/Interactive Media and Social and Cooperative Games:
   Social and cooperative games is a major trend in Game
   Design/Interactive Media whereby users are connected globally and
   can interact as individuals in a virtual crowd. Social and
   cooperative gaming is a major trend for current and future growth
   for the game industry, and an area that may stimulate significant
   research that requires interdisciplinary skills and
   partnership. Research and education on social and cooperative games
   is needed and coherent with Northeastern?s capacity for
   interdisciplinary work. This field could benefit from
   interdisciplinary collaboration with other colleges, especially the
   social sciences.

4. Game Design/Interactive Media and Arts Industry and
   Entrepreneurship: Arts Industry and Entrepreneurship is critical to
   harnessing the social and economic power of Game Design/Interactive
   Media as the future medium of social and commercial
   connectivity. Production management, media development and
   cross-discipline project opportunities are critical areas in this
   rapidly changing field.

5. Game Design/Interactive Media and Core Design and Development: Core
   Design and Development is a joint hire with the CCIS. Building on
   the foundation of interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees in game
   design and interactive media, the successful candidate will play a
   central role in creating innovative programmatic efforts that
   combine a deep knowledge of the artistic and computing disciplines,
   and will advance our research and educational agenda. This search
   has already been posted as Requisition Number 114350. Go
   to:   or


We expect successful candidates to demonstrate a strong commitment to
teaching and an excellent record in research/scholarship in any of the
core areas listed above. Should possess experience with applications
in areas such as interactive narratives, social games, health games,
mobile games, or educational games. Applicants must have a terminal
degree of either a PhD in related areas, or an MFA in game design or
related areas.

Additional Information

Northeastern University is a national research university in the heart
of Boston and world leader in experiential learning. In the past few
years, Northeastern University has made a major commitment to
interdisciplinary education and research in select fields with the
goal of achieving international leadership in these fields. The Game
Design and Interactive Media program is one of the areas selected for
growth and is being developed as a joint effort between the colleges
of Arts, Media and Design and others including the Computer and
Information Science, the College of Business Administration, and the
College of Social Science and Humanities. We seek tenure track faculty
members who can play a major role in shaping the research and academic
goals for our programmatic efforts in Game Design and Interactive
Media. In particular, we seek five hires strategically selected to
project this field beyond a focus on entertainment to redefine how we
receive, disseminate and interact with information in a non-linear,
user-generated environment.

How To Apply

To apply, visit the College of Arts, Media and Design website at:
    and click on the Faculty Positions button.     Job code: 114408

Applications should include:

  - Cover letter expressing interest
  - Applicant's CV
  - Research statement
  - Teaching statement
  - Names and addresses of 3-6 references

Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 30, 2011

For questions about the search or to submit external references,
please call the search committee co-chairs, Terrence Masson and Magy
Seif El-Nasr at: 617-373-7645 or 617-373-3928, or email us
at or