Job: Assistant/Associate Professor – Art+Design – Media Arts/Games

Northeastern University is hiring in the Department of Art+Design. Feel free to contact Gillian Smith (gillian@CCS.NEU.EDU) off-list with questions, or you can direct questions to:

The Department of Art+Design in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University invites applications for an open rank search for one or more positions in media arts/game design. We seek candidates with a national/ international record of excellence in research and/or creative practice in media arts, in one or more areas including but not limited to: animation, art games, generative design, psychology of play, games for impact, interactive narrative, and digital storytelling. The ideal candidate should have a strong track record of interdisciplinary research and collaboration in their fields of practice. Candidates should be able to teach courses related to media arts/game design in our growing undergraduate and graduate degree programs: BFAs in Media Arts, in Games, and in Digital Art and Game Design, 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 28, 2017.


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. 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 five years and now encompasses 34 full time faculty, over 500 undergraduate majors, and nearly 70 graduate students in fast-growing Master’s programs such as the MFA in Information Design and Visualization and MS in Game Science and 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 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 span 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. 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:


The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree (MFA or PhD) by the appointment start date and must have a strong record of excellent in media arts, and be poised to offer a significant contribution to the field of games at Northeastern. 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.

Additional Information

For initial consideration, please prepare a cover letter describing a) your qualifications in research, teaching, and other relevant expertise in the fields, b) your approach and commitment to addressing diversity issues, and c) your vision for contributing to our educational degrees and research, including new interdisciplinary PhD programs. Candidates should also provide: a current CV; a statement of research and/or creative activity and a teaching statement (both of which address the candidate’s commitment to diversity); and the names and contact information for three references.

To apply, go to; under “Faculty Positions,” click on the Full-time positions link. Or if viewing this description on the Northeastern University website, click “Apply to this job.”

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received on or before December 31, 2016 will be guaranteed full review.

Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee at Application materials will not be received at this address.

Northeastern University is committed to building an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity in all its forms. Women, members of the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, and Title IX University. Northeastern University is also an E-Verify Employer.
Gillian Smith
Assistant Professor, Game Design and Computer Science
Northeastern University
Playable Innovative Technologies Lab


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