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Assistant Teaching Professor, Games and Esports – School of Arts, Media and Engineering

School of Arts, Media and Engineering

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Assistant Teaching Professor, Games and Esports – School of Arts, Media and Engineering

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University



The School of Arts, Media, and Engineering at Arizona State University seeks a faculty member at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor in Games and Esports. The position begins with the Fall 2023 semester. The successful candidate will teach classes in games and esports and maintain an expected teaching load of four classes per semester, which may include online classes. Faculty can expect to also advise student projects, engage with departmental events, and support recruitment and retention initiatives. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure-track position renewable on an academic year basis contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university. Candidate must reside in Arizona or be willing to relocate.

The primary responsibilities for this position will be in the programs of the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering, a cross-disciplinary unit that advances technofluency – its development, application, and implication – as its mission. The School houses artists, designers, engineers, and humanities scholars to leverage emerging technologies for public impact. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and mentor students, participate in professional and university service, and engage stakeholders in the university and the community. The successful candidate will teach classes in games and esports. The expected load is four classes per semester and may include in person, online, or hybrid teaching environments. This is an opportunity to influence a growing and recent area of emphasis in the school curriculum.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

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About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.


The School of Arts, Media and Engineering is a leading transdisciplinary program in media arts and sciences.  The appointee’s efforts will merge with efforts of other faculty for the achievement of significant advancements in experiential media and more broadly the relation between culture and computing. The School of Arts, Media and Engineering offers a PhD in media arts and sciences, an undergraduate degree in Digital Culture (https://artsmediaengineering.asu.edu/degree-programs/digital-culture) with concentrations spanning the arts, design, sciences and engineering. The school has state-of-the-art facilities for the development of embodied interactive media systems with focus on rehabilitation, education, cultural networks and enactive art.

For information about the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, visit artsmediaengineering.asu.edu/.

Required qualifications:

  1. Masters or doctorate in Game Design, Game development, Esports management, or related areas.
  2. Evidence of excellence in teaching
  3. Experience in the game and esports industry.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Desired qualifications:

  1. Two or more years of full-time teaching experience in higher education
  2. Experience teaching in-person and in digital environments (asynchronously and/or synchronously)
  3. Experience working in a collaborative environment and across disciplines
  4. Demonstrated success meeting the needs of underrepresented students and/or diverse communities
  5. Ability to mentor graduate students or advanced undergraduates in projects.

Application deadline:

The application deadline is March 26, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Instruction to apply:

Please submit the following materials as separate items:

  1. Cover letter that addresses the required and desired qualifications;
  2. Curriculum vitae with contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy, up to two pages.
  4. A statement, up to two pages, describing how the candidate’s past teaching and/or service has moved beyond acknowledging diversity and advanced specific goals of equity, inclusion, and justice in STEM or beyond.
  5. Evidence of teaching effectiveness – e.g., student evaluations, syllabi, peer observation, annual evaluations, or other material as appropriate. 
  6. Name and contacts of three professional references.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/121095.

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