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JOB: Assistant Professor of Game Design and Game Studies Position Open at Hampshire College

I hope this finds you well, and that you are looking forward to, or have begun, a pleasant holiday break. I’m reaching out to let you know about a faculty position open at Hampshire College that might be of interest (perhaps to recent or current graduate students). Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium in Western Massachusetts, is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Game Design and Game Studies to begin July 1, 2023. We will begin reviewing applications at the beginning of the new year, but will continue to do so until the position is filled.

Please feel free to pass this onto anyone you think might be interested, and tell them to feel free to contact me directly with any questions. There is a link to the Hampshire College jobs portal, as well as descriptions of the position and Hampshire’s unique curriculum below.

Thanks very much for your time,


John Slepian
Five College Associate Professor of Art and Technology, Smith and Hampshire Colleges

Position Description

The ideal candidate for this position will have substantial experience as a game designer, will be able to situate that work within the context of social justice, and will have a dedication to individualized and innovative undergraduate education. A successful candidate should have experience in leading the development and production of games, and strong understanding of all the aspects of the game development pipeline, from conceptualization and visualization to implementation. Experience with game engines, such as Unity, across multiple platforms is preferred. Experience developing analog games is a plus. Successful candidates should also be able to demonstrate experience speaking or writing about games from a critical perspective. The candidate should have an ability to work synergistically across disciplinary boundaries, connecting game design with other disciplines such as film and video, animation, performing arts, interactive art, critical media studies, and creative writing. We particularly invite applications from candidates who center race, gender, and sexuality in their work, encouraging students to grapple with the operation of power and privilege in the gamescape.

Applications can be made at

About Hampshire College

Hampshire’s academic program is unique within higher education in the United States. Every student designs an individualized curriculum and completes a year-long substantial project synthesizing their course of study as a condition of graduation. Students are provided narrative evaluations of their work instead of grades. The College has no majors or departments, reflecting a commitment to transdisciplinary learning. Our student community is distinctively diverse: this year 39% are BIPOC or international, 37.5% receive Pell Grants, approximately a third are neurodivergent, and a substantial majority identify as LGBTQIA+.

Hampshire also implemented a new “Race and Power” requirement which will ensure that students engage in critical reflection on racial justice and equity throughout their Hampshire career. Candidates are invited to explain how their teaching and scholarly/artistic work does or could contribute to addressing these expectations.

Hampshire College is a member of the Five College consortium (Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts), with rich opportunities for Five College collaboration through joint programming, grant applications, Five College certificate programs and other shared resources.