Instructor or Lecturer, Games and Interactive Media (Nicholson School of Communication and Media -NSCM)

Job Description

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The Opportunity

The Nicholson School of Communication and Media (NSCM) in the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for two instructor or lecturer positions in the Games and Interactive Media program.  These are full-time, nine-month, non-tenure earning appointments.  These positions are anticipated to begin in August 2023.

Each successful candidate will contribute to the Games and Interactive Media mission by teaching upper-division undergraduate courses in game or web programming.  Based on the current workload policy, the teaching load for each position will be four courses per semester. Selected candidates will also be expected to participate in school and university service, including committee work.

The Games and Interactive Media program is a large and growing top 15-ranked game design program (Princeton Review) that can teach games and interactive media courses including, but not limited to, game, web, XR, design and storytelling.  The Games and Interactive Media program is part of the Nicholson School of Communication and Media which has other programs in the areas of Communication, Film and Mass Media, and industry game development within the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) and is located at UCF Downtown. 

NSCM is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute through their teaching and service to the diversity and excellence of our academic community and foster an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.  NSCM is a student-centered school with a collegial faculty and staff.  Students are active in internships and organizations on and off campus.  For more information about the school and its programs, visit https://communication.ucf.edu/ .

Minimum Qualifications:

A Master's degree (for an instructor) or a terminal degree (for a lecturer) in an appropriate discipline from an accredited institution by the start of employment.  Candidates who hold a bachelor's degree will be considered only if they can document ten years or more of professional experience within the games and interactive media industry.  Candidates must have some teaching experience, formal or informal (e.g., tutoring, holding workshops, creating tutorial videos, etc.).

Successful applicants will be proficient in one or more of the following, with greater preference given to candidates who are proficient in multiple skills:  HTML, CSS, PhP, MySQL, JavaScript ES6, react, MongoDB, and node.js, Python, R, C#, C++, Unity, or Unreal. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with teaching web or game programming intensive courses or with using web or game programming or scripting software.  Familiarity with online course development and a flexible skill or knowledge set related to games and interactive media is a plus.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, https://www.ucf.edu/jobs/ .  In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload the following:

A letter of application outlining how you are prepared to join the faculty at UCF, highlighting teaching experience and other qualifications of the position. A curriculum vitae. A one-page statement (no more than 500 words) outlining your teaching, your ability to teach using different modes of delivery, and addressing how you are prepared to instruct and mentor students in one of the most diverse universities in Florida and the U.S. A list of three academic or professional references including names and contact information, not reference letters.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time.  Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Review of applications will begin 02/16/2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions about these positions should be directed to Taylor Howard, Search Committee Chair, at kenton.howard@ucf.edu .

Special Instructions to the Applicants:


Job Close Date:

Open until filled.

Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled ’ may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (https://hr.ucf.edu/ )

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger , and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at  http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf.

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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