Director/Associate Professor, School of Interactive Games & Media - Rochester Institute of Technology

Requisition Number: 6067BR

School/Department: School of Interactive Games & Media

College : Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Faculty Rank : Director/Associate Professor
Tenure Status: Tenured

Anticipated Start Date: Aug 2022

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DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION

Director of the School of Interactive Games and Media Tenured Professor

Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the largest nationally ranked research universities in the United States, is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences is inviting applications for the position of School Director of the School of Interactive Games and Media.

The ideal candidate will desire to lead a world class, top tier program into its next phase. To exercise leadership of an award winning, cutting-edge, collegial, and motivated professional community working with a global footprint, the School Director must be an equally accomplished and respected peer.

We are seeking a proven leader with experience in game and media development, or related fields; a track record of funded research; a commitment to interdisciplinary work; and demonstrated ability to manage an academic unit. Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education, as well as the ability to provide leadership and support for faculty research, scholarship, and curriculum development.

This administrative appointment is for four years (ten months plus part-time summer) and may be renewed. The anticipated start date is August 2022.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Reporting Relationships
The Director of the School of Interactive Games and Media (“IGM”) reports to the Dean of the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. The Director of IGM is an integral member of the College’s senior management team which includes the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship / PhD Program Director, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Assistant Dean for Student Success, Director of Women in Computing, Department Chair of Software Engineering, Department Chair of Computer Science, Department Chair of Computing Security, Director of the School of Information, Director of Technical Operations, and Director of Operations.

The direct reports to IGM’s School Director include 30 faculty members (tenure and non- tenure track) and four administrative/support staff. This includes three open tenure track faculty positions that may be filled during the next five academic years. The Director, in concert with the Assistant Dean for Student Success, oversees four professional academic advisors who work with students in the School’s programs.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide direct leadership and management oversight that supports a culture of collaboration, innovation, respect, and teamwork within IGM, the college, the university, industry, and the greater community.
  • Increase and enrich faculty scholarship, scholarly impact, creative opportunities, productivity, and professional development in interactive games and media in conjunction with MAGIC’s wide range of games and digital media collaboration, research, and publishing.
  • Lead short and long-term strategic planning for the School in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate program directors, staff, and College leadership.
  • Ensure robust and collaborative relationships with the leadership of the College and its other units; with faculty, staff, and students of IGM; with RIT’s MAGIC Center and MAGIC Spell Studios, and with other RIT entities.
  • Actively mentor and annually evaluate staff and faculty including establishing clearly defined annual steps and guideposts for tenure-track faculty and advocate for staff development resources for the school.
  • Focus on achieving student success, as well as creating a supportive and stimulating environment for all students, contributing to a community committed to Student Centeredness.
  • Oversee fiscal management to advance the School’s academic mission and ensure ongoing operational health including budgetary management of the School’s annual $1.2M operating budget and initiating and proposing capital equipment and space improvement requests.
  • Spearhead School fundraising, development, outreach, recruitment, and marketing efforts.
  • Serve on committees and perform other job-related duties and special projects to support RIT’s and the School’s mission.
  • Act as an ambassador to other units within the University and IGM’s broader campus community, industry, and the public, including building relationships with the games and media industries.

DEPARTMENT/COLLEGE

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (“GCCIS”) is one of the largest computing colleges in the country. An integral part of RIT’s creative hub where art, design, and technology intersect through interdisciplinary collaborations to solve real-world problems, GCCIS uses a human-centered approach to innovation that considers user needs, technological possibilities, and business requirements.

The college is housed in a modern facility equipped with numerous teaching and research laboratories to serve over 3,300 undergraduate students, 900 graduate students, and over 140 faculty members. The college is home to the departments of Computer Science, Computing Security, Software Engineering, the School of Information, the School of Interactive Games and Media, and a college-wide PhD program, providing many opportunities for cooperation and research collaboration within and beyond the college.

GCCIS is a place that sets students up to make a difference in their field and in the world. In a student-centered supportive learning environment with unparalleled resources, dedicated faculty, extensive co-op experiences, and partnerships with industry leaders, students receive one-on-one attention from faculty. Faculty, staff and students have access to specialized studios, computer labs, and equipment that are among the most complete and current of any university in the world. GCCIS’ students go on to work at many of the world’s largest tech firms and have developed groundbreaking technology like the Kinect for Xbox 360 and game-changing innovations like jQuery. GCCIS students have a 95% career outcome rate six months after graduation.

For more information about GCCIS, please visit https://www.rit.edu/computing/.

The School of Interactive Games and Media (“IGM”)
Committed to excellence in teaching and research, IGM’s programs, coursework, research, and development efforts provide over 800 undergraduates and nearly 60 graduate students with the knowledge and skills to pursue meaningful and rewarding careers in media-centric, interactive software development, while simultaneously advancing the field and helping to provide a well-rounded educational experience. IGM faculty also participate in the college-wide PhD Program in Computing and Information Sciences, which has 100 current doctoral students in the program.

IGM’s students are involved regularly in game jams, independent creative projects and, with a 96% placement rate, graduates have obtained high-profile jobs as game designers and developers at AAA companies.

IGM supports and encourages creative and collaborative academic inquiry, by both faculty and students, and is committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. IGM faculty have active, externally funded research from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the game industry.

Faculty are taking games construction analysis one step further to include the artistic and technical processes constructing level or environmental design and creating more enriching and visually masterful video games and 2D/3D animations. Other faculty interest areas of game delivery environments include game localization and mobile games. IGM faculty are at the forefront of new games media such as 3D virtual reality (“VR”) and augmented reality (“AR”) games, including location-based and place-based Geo, tourism game applications, mobile games, and the use of artificial intelligence.

For more information about IGM, please visit the website: School of Interactive Games and Media | Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences | RIT

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at www.rit.edu.

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

The following minimum qualifications are required:

  • A terminal degree in a related discipline; PhD preferred.
  • Associate or Full Professor, or Equivalent Industry Rank or experience commensurate with that of the rank of professor in game and media development or related fields
  • Teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate level in game design/development, interactive media, or related areas
  • Strong Commitment to undergraduate and graduate education contributing to a community committed to student centeredness and dedication to leading a faculty focused on the successful instruction of students in the areas of programming, game design, asset creation, production, new media, and other areas of core interest to our students and faculty

RIT will also consider the degree to which a candidate is:

  • A strategic thinker possessing:

    • demonstrated knowledge of technologies and emerging trends in game design/development and interactive media
    • demonstrated record of promoting and developing opportunities for innovation, diversity and collaboration
    • a vision for the future of IGM’s games and media programs that is inclusive of IGM’s many concentrations
    • an understanding of the various research areas within IGM
  • An academic or industry leader possessing:

    • experience in game and media development, or related fields
    • active participation in related professional associations
    • a record of funded and published scholarship in game design/development, interactive media, peer reviewed publication outlets, or related areas
  • An effective administrator possessing:

    • demonstrated ability to provide support for faculty research, scholarship, professional development and curriculum development
    • experience mentoring tenure and non-tenure track faculty and staff
    • the ability to foster a positive, cooperative and productive teamwork environment with diverse populations in the classroom, the university and the larger professional community
    • traits such as flexibility, good communication skills, and ability to work on teams and collaborate across disciplines
    • demonstrated leadership skills in areas such as planning, budgeting, recruiting, assessment, and professional development
    • the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences

HOW TO APPLY

Apply online at will Job Search Welcome | Rochester Institute of Technology. Search openings, then keyword search 6067BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

  • Letter of Intent
  • List of Publications
  • List of References
  • Portfolio of Work (Max size 5MB)
  • Research Statement

Review of applications will begin upon receipt, and will continue until the position has been filled. The incoming dean will interview the finalist for the position.

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to careers@rit.edu.