Assistant Professor – Game Studies

Honors Assistant Professor of Game Studies (deadline extended to 11/25)

The John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Game Studies position in the College’s core interdisciplinary faculty beginning August 2020.

The John V. Roach Honors College, in collaboration with academic units across the University, provides intellectually enriching curricular and co-curricular programs to 1260 students (13% of the undergraduate population). With this new hire, the College’s core faculty will include eight permanent positions. The successful candidate will have resources to establish a game space within the Honors College (to complement the new Fab Lab, a digital fabrication laboratory in the TCU library) and will be a welcomed member of the game studies faculty community at TCU and across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. With regard to tenure and promotion, Honors College tenure-track faculty members are reviewed annually during the probationary period by the faculty member’s individual review committee, a Dean-appointed committee chaired by the Honors College Associate Dean and staffed by Honors and non-Honors colleagues whose scholarly and teaching interests match or complement those of the faculty member under review.

The John V. Roach Honors College seeks a first-rate teacher and scholar: a creative educator who uses game studies (defined broadly as the interpretation, criticism, or science of digital games) as a vehicle for innovative pedagogy, a scholar of digital games and gaming with a significant, ongoing research agenda, and a colleague whose teaching and scholarship embody fundamental commitments to diversity and inclusion. Though a Ph.D. or graduate certificate in game studies is preferred, we are open to applicants from any discipline who are developing courses and producing scholarship in game studies. In addition, we seek a collaborative and ambitious colleague who will enrich the College’s contributions to our students and to the TCU community while also elevating the national profile of the John V. Roach Honors College.

Required qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (awarded no later than August 2020)
  • Active research agenda in the field of game studies (defined broadly as the interpretation, criticism, or science of digital games)
  • Substantive engagement (as teacher, scholar, or both) with issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, or ethnicity
  • Demonstrated achievement as a creative and reflective teacher

Preferred qualifications:

  • Doctorate or graduate certificate in game studies
  • Published scholarly work in game studies
  • Honors teaching experience (or equivalent)
  • Experience in course development, curriculum development, or the development of co-curricular programs

To apply, upload application materials (other than reference letters) to Full consideration will be given only to applications that include all of the following:

  • letter of application – including a clear articulation of the candidate’s research agenda and the candidate’s teaching philosophy in an interdisciplinary honors context
  • CV
  • one-page statement explaining how the applicant will contribute to diversity and inclusion in the John V. Roach Honors College and at TCU
  • up to three academic publications
  • two confidential letters of recommendation sent to
  • names of 2-3 professional references (in addition those who submitted letters)

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to the TCU Office of Human Resources at or 817-257-7790. For questions about the John V. Roach Honors College, please contact Associate Dean Dr. Rob Garnett (

Review of applications will begin November 25 and continue until the position is filled.

A private, secular institution of 11,000 students (9400 undergraduate) located in the nation’s fourth-largest metropolitan area, TCU is a selective teaching and research university with emerging interdisciplinary programs in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and Women and Gender Studies to which the successful candidate could contribute. In 2019, for the ninth consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education selected TCU as one of its “Great Colleges to Work For.” As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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