Job: Writing for Games Professor of Practice Job Opening (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Lee Sheldon write:
Here is the announcement for the Writing/Design Professor of Practice position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I’m leaving RPI. You would be taking over the Writing for Games concentration I created, the first in the country.

Post:  One-Year Appointment as Professor of Practice in Writing for Games

Deadline Information: Screening of Applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

The Program in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications for a faculty position in Writing for Games. The Program seeks candidates who are professional game writers with industry experience that have an infectious passion for advancing the craft and medium of games through teaching, research, and experimentation.

The successful candidate will join a diverse interdisciplinary faculty dedicated to not only making games better, but making better games: meaningful, ground-breaking games in all fields of endeavor from commercial entertainment to experimental and applied games and simulations with serious intent. A candidate must show evidence of successful teaching and mentorship at the collegiate level and an active creative, research, or professional practice in games and writing. Experience in game design and production is desirable.

Courses that the successful candidate may teach include Character and Story for Games, Writing for Games I and II, Introduction to Game Design, and History and Culture of Games. Program faculty collaborate in the Emergent Reality Lab (ERL) –a cutting-edge visually and aurally immersive platform for research in virtual and mixed reality that supports new research in education, simulation sciences, games culture, and the arts.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological university. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students from across the country and around the world, the university offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Rensselaer is located in Troy, NY, the heart of the “Tech Valley” region of the Hudson River Valley. The university’s Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) offers scholars and students opportunities for creative interdisciplinary research in the arts, performance technologies, science, and engineering. The Princeton Review regularly ranks the program in Games and Simulation Arts & Sciences among the top 20 games programs in the nation. The program has the only Writing for Games curriculum in the country.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • Evidence of successful teaching experience or mentorship at the collegiate level
  • industry credentials in writing for games
  • professional engagement with the video game industry, including mainstream, indie, and serious games
  • evidence of capacity to develop industry partnerships or a research agenda in games


Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to:

Dean’s Office: School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Search: Writing for Games Faculty Position


Attn: Kimberley Osburn

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sage 5304

110 8th Street

Troy, NY 12180

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