We’re hiring: Game Design Teaching Track Faculty

Come guide the future of entertainment.

ETC graduate students and faculty interacting with immersive technology and colorful environments.

The Entertainment Technology Center is hiring! Do you have hands-on design and development experience in games or immersive environments? Do you have a passion for exploring the full potential of games and playful interaction? Do you want to share your professional skills with others in an environment that supports your continued creative and professional activity? Are you interested in working with some of the world’s brightest students from computer science, game design, visual art, storytelling, performing arts and other entertainment backgrounds? Come join us at the ETC!

Shaping the minds behind the design

ETC graduate students working together in small teams, giving presentations, and discussing their work with faculty.

Join us as we shape the future of interactive entertainment by training the creative leaders of tomorrow. The ETC is the premier professional graduate degree program in entertainment technology. Work with faculty colleagues to continue evolving our project-based curriculum and prepare our students to build the entertainment professions of the 21st century.

A fantastic place build your future

Three views of Pittsburgh and life at the ETC: a cityscape, a graduation ceremony, and the ETC campus building.

About CMU and the ETC

Carnegie Mellon University, located in Pittsburgh, PA, is a major research university of approximately 13,000 students, consistently ranked as one of the top research universities on the globe by US News and World Report. CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) offers a two-year professional graduate Masters in Entertainment Technology program. Each year, an incoming class of around 75 students pursues an educational experience focused on their professional development through applied research on interdisciplinary projects. Founded in 1998, the ETC has around 1500 alumni whose achievements help illustrate the continued success of the ETC’s curriculum.   For more about our program’s foundation, visit: http://www.etc.cmu.edu/learn/history/

Your Career at CMU

Carnegie Mellon offers highly competitive salaries, start-up packages, robust health coverage, and myriad benefits in an attractive urban environment frequently rated as one of the most livable in the U.S. The Entertainment Technology Center is committed to building a diverse faculty within an increasingly inclusive university community. Your engagement with your craft is supported through professional benefits both to attend conferences, workshops, and training, and for creation of new work. Each employee is given full ownership of their own creative work, and additional outside employment (such as consulting work) is encouraged. 

Carnegie Mellon University is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon welcomes faculty applicants who will contribute to this through their research, teaching and service. Qualified candidates who can contribute their work/life experiences to the diversity and excellence of the academic community are encouraged to apply. Carnegie Mellon University seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches. Find out more about working here: https://www.cmu.edu/jobs/why-cmu/index.html

Living in Pittsburgh, PA

Forget everything you’ve heard about the Rust Belt! At once both affordable and cultural, today’s Pittsburgh is considered one of the United States’ most livable cities in multiple rankings.  For more information about the city’s resurgent vibrance, visit: https://www.cmu.edu/about/pittsburgh.html

Ready to impact the future of creative industry leadership?

As teaching track faculty in the ETC, your responsibilities will include:

– Co-teach three sections per semester of the ETC Project Course, the core experience of our unique graduate-level curriculum. The Project Course is designed to give students meaningful hands-on experience as well as institutional support in a fast-paced team project, rather like an incubator environment. Many Project Courses are developed along with industry partners such as game development companies, medical researchers, charitable organizations, theme parks, and interface hardware developers. As faculty at the ETC, you will help supervise these small teams of students (typically 4-6 students per team), providing constructive criticism on project progress according to your particular areas of expertise.
– Mentor students and assist their professional growth, particularly related to game design and preparing for careers in design and development.
– Develop and teach one or two elective classes per calendar year in your choice of subject, such as game design, playable prototyping, and design and development in immersive entertainment technologies. Pedagogical consultants from CMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation (https://www.cmu.edu/teaching/) are available to help you adapt your domain knowledge into a structured and immersive course.


We are seeking an individual who holds a B.S. or B.A. and has proven industry experience of five or more years with game design and development. An advanced degree is not required for candidates with extensive professional experience in game design, but having such a degree is a plus. The ETC is a professional degree program and faculty are generally practicing creatives rather than traditional academics.  Our students desire to understand how real-world professional design & development occurs, and highly value faculty who continue to excel in their professional domain. Ideal candidates for this position will be able to show evidence of practices which promote and support varied perspectives and underrepresented and underserved voices in the field.

You should be able to demonstrate:

– Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills, with fellow faculty and staff as well as graduate students
– An in-depth understanding of industry and/or independent professional game design and development
– A high level of expertise developing experiences from playable prototype to polished completion

Additional professional skills are welcome, such as (but not limited to):

– Design work in mobile, tabletop, theme-park, escape room, AAA games, etc.
– Experience with both small and large teams
– Programming or scripting experience
– Music/Sound design experience

How to Apply

For more information, and to apply, visit: http://apply.interfolio.com/92224

The deadline for complete submissions is February 11, 2022. The committee will consider applicants during Spring 2022, with an expected start date for the Fall 2022 semester which begins in mid-August. Application documents must be in PDF format and include: 

– Resume and Portfolio that highlights professional game design and development work in the listed areas of interest;
– Teaching, creative interest, and diversity statements (see below for more about these documents); and
– The names and email addresses of three or more individuals who can be asked to provide letters of reference. The Search Committee will not directly request letters until the final round of the process.

The ETC program is a hands-on, team-based curriculum with a significant emphasis on in-person collaboration, and creating multiple social and professional opportunities for students, both in and outside the classroom.  The listed position is specifically for on-site full-time employment at our Pittsburgh campus. Carnegie Mellon will provide the successful candidate with financial assistance for their relocation to Pittsburgh, PA. International candidates receive guidance from CMU’s Office of International Education.

About your statements:

The statements we request for your application are a way for us to get to know you better, viewed alongside the details of your professional and educational accomplishments in your resume/CV.

– Your teaching statement should express how you think you would teach topics in which you have a professional expertise and experience, within the unique educational context of the ETC (largely project-based work). The ETC R&D Agenda (https://www.etc.cmu.edu/learn/rd-agenda/) and MET Curriculum (https://www.etc.cmu.edu/learn/curriculum/) explain our program’s goals and structure in more detail.
– Your creative statement shares what you make as a professional and an artist, along with why and how you make it.
– Your diversity statement should explain how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive ETC community through your teaching, mentoring, and creative work.

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