Assistant Professor – Game Studies – Brock University

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:00am

The deadline for completed applications is April 18, 2014.

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Posting #: F 04/2014
Posted: Mar 10, 2014
Employment Status: Probationary tenure-track
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: The Centre for Digital Humanities
Salary Scale:  
Hours of Work:  
Start: 2014-07-01

Job Summary

The Centre for Digital Humanities, Faculty of Humanities, invites applications for a probationary tenure-track position in Game Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. Scholars whose work intersects with games as a cultural practice addressing history, theory, design, and criticism and who have demonstrated excellence in teaching are encouraged to apply. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. It will begin July 1, 2014.

The Centre for Digital Humanities currently offers an undergraduate program in Interactive Arts and Science (IASC) that supports learning in a wide range of practices and disciplines informed by human-computer interaction, visualization, and simulation. In 2015, pending Ministry approval, IASC will launch the GAME program, a collaboration between IASC, the Brock University Department of Computer Science, and the Game Development Program at nearby Niagara College. This dual credential program will offer a BA (Honours)/Advanced Diploma in Game Design and a BSc (Honours)/Advanced Diploma in Game Programming. The current programs (BA, BA Honours, Minor, and Combined Major) of the Centre for Digital Humanities share curriculum and enjoy engagement with the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, as well as a number of other fields across the University. The Centre is a founding partner in Innovate Niagara and the Generator at One, the region’s interactive media incubator and production facility where IASC students may intern and study with industry professionals using industry-standard tools.


The successful candidate will be a Game Studies scholar whose body of work advances the field with original thinking and impact. Such work may take the form of published writings, innovative forms of scholarship, research/creation, critically informed design, curriculum, or community engagement. Given the emergent nature of interactive media and games, the successful applicant should expect to provide leadership through transformative research and teaching as well as informed curriculum development and engagement with industry and community as the IASC program expands its offerings with Niagara College. In addition, applicants should have an exemplary teaching record that demonstrates commitment to progressive learner-centred pedagogy. Applicants are expected to have a PhD in hand or a defence date set.

The successful candidate will teach two courses per term plus supervisions and will contribute to a vibrant culture of research and creation. Courses at the undergraduate level may include critical theory and analysis in areas of design, gameplay, and aesthetics, as well as introductions to new media and games. Brock University MA programs in Popular Culture, in Studies in Comparative Literatures and the Arts, and in the PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities will provide opportunities for graduate teaching in specialized research interests.


The deadline for completed applications is April 18, 2014. Applicants should submit a letter of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a research plan, evidence of successful university-level teaching, and an articulation of teaching philosophy. In addition, applicants must arrange for the submission of three letters of reference. All application materials should be sent to:

Prof. Duncan MacDonald, Director
Centre for Digital Humanities
Brock University
500 Glenridge Ave. 
St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1Canada

Brock University, which has more than 18,500 students, is situated on the Niagara Escarpment within an hour’s drive from Toronto and Buffalo. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to have their application considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification Form available at and include the completed form with their application.

More information on Brock University can be found on the University’s website at ; information concerning Interactive Arts and Science is found at:

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