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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Position Number: 3448448
  • Location: Worcester, MA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Digital Art

Assistant Teaching Professor



Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Interactive Media and Game Development (IMGD) program seeks to hire an Assistant Teaching Professor, for Interactive Media and Game Development, with a focus in experience design, interactive fiction, and the game design process. The position begins in January 2023.


The candidate will teach existing graduate and undergraduate courses in game design, prototyping, and emerging technologies, with an expected teaching load of 5 courses per year. The candidate will also have the opportunity to develop new courses and curricular initiatives in topics related to their expertise. The candidate will advise undergraduate students in their senior-year projects and graduate students in their projects and theses. The position has service expectations related to IMGD. The position includes opportunities to collaborate with faculty and students on creative projects and research efforts.

Candidates should hold a terminal degree in an area closely related to IMGD (MFA or PhD) and provide evidence of their potential for successful teaching and project advising experience with undergraduates and/or graduate students.

We are especially interested in candidates who align with our program's goals for fostering an inclusive community of creative practitioners who address social and environmental challenges. IMGD celebrates and supports our students in the LGBTQ+, neurodivergent, and multi-ethnic/racial communities, and candidates should speak to their capacity to support a diverse and inclusive academic environment. Candidates whose teaching, scholarship, and/or service already demonstrates a commitment to addressing diversity and anti-racism are especially encouraged to apply.

IMGD is a multidisciplinary program with faculty from the departments of Computer Science, Humanities and Arts, Social Science and Policy Studies, and Business. IMGD offers degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate level: a BS focused in technical development, a BA in artistic development and design with an option for a concentration in writing, an MS focused on the science and technology of IMGD, a design-focused MFA, and a PhD in Computational Media. The project-based curriculum at WPI requires extensive writing in junior- and senior-year projects at the undergraduate level, which are often tied to the university's nationally-known global studies program.

Applicants should submit:
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • A letter of application that speaks to teaching and/or project advising experience, and research and/or professional work as it relates to the union of technology, art, and design. This statement should also describe how your scholarship, teaching, and/or service contributes to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments.
  • Optional: Selections of creative works supporting your application (for example, a portfolio, with an online link preferred)
  • The names and contact information of at least three references. We will ask for letters for short-listed candidates only.

Founded in 1865, WPI is one of the nation's first technological universities. A highly selective private university located within an hour of Boston, WPI is consistently ranked among the top 70 research institutions by US News & World Report. The university is home to an innovative and intensive project-based curriculum that empowers students withs the knowledge and skills to address real-world problems around the globe. WPI employees have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, good work-life balance, and much more. WPI has a strong commitment to supporting the careers of teaching-oriented faculty, including secured contracts and a new, award-winning process for supporting a teaching-track to tenure.

Applications review will begin on August 26, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

WPI requires that all employees to be fully-vaccinated for COVID-19 and boosted. For additional information, please go to

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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