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Re: JOB: Teaching Position in Interactive Entertainment, CUNY


On Jan 11, =
2009, at 5:19 PM, Sandra Villarreal wrote:

The depart=
ment will have to make the case for the candidate in question because an MPS=
is not considered a terminal degree, as Rob points out (at CUNY, in NY and =
in the US).

A terminal degree is the highest degree =
earnable in a given field of study. Usually is a PhD. The only exc=
eptions exist in the fields of applied arts such as creative writi=
ng, graphic design, fine arts, video art and interactive design, where an MF=
A is the terminal degree. 
For example, an MFA=
right now is the terminal degree for game design and game art because =
there is no PhD in game design. A PhD is the terminal degree for game develo=
pment (programming as opposed to design). MPS is not a terminal degree in th=
e fields of art, design, media, journalism and education because there are M=
FA, Ed.D and PhD in these fields.
Terminal Master p=
rograms are often designated by specific descriptive titles such as Master o=
f Education (M.Ed), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) or Master of Architecture (M=
.Arch). Typically a terminal Master takes more time than a non-terminal Mast=
er to complete (1-2 vs. 2-3 years) Some academic art institutions even use t=
he MA (Master of Art) degree (30 credits) as a prerequisite for final accept=
ance into MFA candidacy. An MFA also requires the completion of ce=
rtain amount of credits in art history and philosophy.

MFA is usually a requirement to teach art and design at the rank of=
assistant professor. I don’t know about other fields. 
On Jan 11, 2009, at 12:10 PM, Rob Faludi [list=
] wrote:
CUNY officially categorizes the MPS as a non-terminal deg=
ree, so it has to go through an exceptions process. This is their own pain, =
not yours.

On Jan 8, 2009, at 7:29 PM,=
Caleb wrote:

Midori. Hope you and family are well. =
This caught my eye from the below email “If we can make a strong case f=
or a
candidate, they are willing to consider the MPS as a terminal d=

since I’m looking for academic teaching jobs. I thought an MPS WA=
S terminal? Especially in NYC? and on par with an MFA??? Any new thoughts ab=
out this as one who has to defend an MPS as terminal out of state???

I am going for teaching in Art, Communications, Media, Jou=
rnalism, and Education depts. mostly. 

On Jan 6, =
2009, at 11:02 AM, Midori Yasuda wrote:
The New York City College=
of Technology, Department of Entertainment
Technology, invites appl=
ications for a tenure-track, full time
position in Interactive Entertai=
nment at the rank of Assistant
Professor, beginning in September 2009. =
 Even though there are some
hurdles to overcome within CUNY (regar=
ding the terminal degree),
please do share the attached announcement wi=
th alumni, colleagues, and
friends who may be interested. If we can mak=
e a strong case for a
candidate, they are willing to consider the MPS a=
s a terminal degree.

Additional details, including application in=
structions, may be found at:


Jenna Spe=
Chair, Interactive Entertainment Search CommitteeNew York City College of Technology

300 Jay Street V411
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Title: Assistant Professor – Interactive EntertainmentLocation/Department: Entertainment Technology
Compensation: Commensura=
te with education and experience.
Closing Date: Open until filled with re=
view of resumes to begin 11/24/08

The New York City College of Technology, Department of Entertainme=
nt Technology,
invites applications for a tenure-track, full time positio=
n in Interactive Entertainment at the
rank of assistant professor, beginn=
ing in September 2009.
The department offers undergraduate instruction in=
a variety of disciplines, including
lighting, sound, show control, and v=
ideo systems. New programs in development include
emerging media technolo=
gy, music technology, interactive control, and video production.
The succ=
essful candidate will teach courses in several areas including, but not limi=
ted to
Interactive Media, Entertainment Control Systems, Electricity, Tan=
gible Computing, and
Introduction to Entertainment Technology. The Assist=
ant Professor will also be expected to
develop, plan, and prepare curricu=
la related to a program track in integrated and
interactive entertainment=

Qualifications for the r=
ank of assistant professor include a terminal degree in a field related
o interactive media systems, and significant experience in both design and t=
implementations. Media related software engineering experience a=
nd excellent
communications skills are essential. Candidates should provi=
de evidence of creative,
professional, and scholarly activity with adequa=
te documentation of productions,
publications, research, and curriculum m=

Send cover letter of introduction and resume.Email: isr@citytech.cuny.eduSubject Line: Interactive Entertainment
Contact: Ms. M. Harris, Direct=
or, ISR

The City University of New York
An Equal Employment Opport=
unity/Affirmative Action/Immigration Reform and Control Act/
Americans wi=
th Disabilities Act Employer



~ Caleb J. Clark
~ Portfolio: http://www.cale=
~ “The probl=
em with communication is the assumption it has been accomplished.” – G. B. S=