Assistant Professor of Game Narrative

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

Department Information

The Department of English at Kennesaw State University is committed to excellent teaching, scholarship, and service to the university and the community. With a diverse faculty engaged in a variety of research approaches, the department models and promotes teaching and scholarship that honors humanistic traditions while making a range of contributions to university and civic life.

With more than 400 full-time faculty and 8000 degree-seeking students, the Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the largest college at the university, prepares the next generation of leaders in a wide array of fields to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century and become contributing citizens in a global society. The home of three Schools and eight Departments, the College offers more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programs of study in both traditional and interdisciplinary fields. RCHSS provides students experiential learning opportunities to enable them to develop leadership, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, as well as a strong sense of social responsibility through community and global engagement. The College is committed to diversity and inclusiveness among our students, faculty, staff, and public.

Job Summary

Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Game Narrative faculty position in the Department of English to begin August 2022.

Responsibilities

The current teaching load is 3/3 with ongoing research and creative activity and university service. Faculty in the Department teach in a variety of modalities, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online.

Applicants will have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses such as Interactive Narrative and Games (WRIT 3125) and graduate courses for the MA in Professional Writing. In addition, applicants should be prepared to contribute to departmental efforts to develop curriculum and programs related to gaming and game studies, including a graduate certificate in writing for the creative industries and an MFA in Screenwriting. Related areas of interest include: composition, electronic literature, games studies, game writing, interactive fiction, media studies, linguistics, literacy studies, rhetoric, screenwriting, and writing studies.

Required Qualifications

A PHD or MFA,, or a foreign equivalent, in English, Creative Writing, Game Studies, or a closely related field is required.

Preferred Qualifications

The Department of English seeks a collaborative and collegial teacher-scholar who specializes in game-based narrative. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of 1) game development processes and 2) theoretical/critical practices at the intersection of critical making, diverse and inclusive game design, gaming cultures, transmedia narrative and storytelling, and worldbuilding. We will consider a broad range of qualified candidates from industry and the academy.

Strong applicants should have a clear and well-developed agenda for their scholarship and/or creative activity that combines theory and practice (with an emphasis on creative application) reflective of the promotion and tenure expectations at a “high research activity” institution.

KSU’s student population is as diverse as the population of the Atlanta metro area and includes a high proportion of traditionally underrepresented groups and first-generation college students. We prefer candidates who share the Department of English’s explicit commitment to teaching diverse communities and our belief that our diversity is our strength. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with experience emphasizing issues related to diversity, inclusion, and social equity, particularly of historically marginalized groups, in game narrative, inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration, and augmented-/virtual-/mixed-reality technologies are also encouraged to apply.

Required Documents to Attach

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including teaching philosophy addressing candidate’s ability to teach diverse populations of students, as well as the other qualifications listed above  
  3. Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts are due upon hire)
  4. Names and contact information of three references
  5. Evidence of excellence in teaching and/or mentoring, if available. (Candidates who have not taught in a university setting should submit a statement describing how they would leverage their industry experience as part of their teaching philosophy.)

Apply Before Date

This position is open until filled.

Contact Information

For questions about this faculty opening, please contact Sergio Figueiredo, sfigueir@kennesaw.edu.

For more information or questions about a faculty job posting, please contact Academic Affairs at facultyjobs@kennesaw.edu. For technical support, please call OneUSG Connect Support at 877-251-2644, or by email at sscsupport@ssc.usg.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007.  

Participant ID: 61415 

Background Check

Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation.  Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment.  Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process.   Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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