Over the last thirteen years, EAE has been remarkably successful as one of the first academic programs in games, receiving consistent rankings in the top 6 worldwide by Princeton Review since 2008, and preparing our undergraduates and graduate students for success in life beyond the U and into professional identities as game makers. Since the creation of our undergraduate degree, the BS in Games, in 2017, the program has skyrocketed in demand, is now the tenth most popular major on campus, and has landed a #3 spot in the first US News and World Report ranking of undergraduate games programs.
In the summer of 2022, EAE received remarkable support for this growth from the U’s College of Engineering, the Office of the President, and the Utah State Legislature through the Utah Engineering Initiative, which is providing the program with five new positions for teaching faculty and four new positions for tenure-line faculty. In addition, the Utah Asia Campus is providing support for two new positions for teaching faculty to support our undergraduate degree offering there. With this support, we’re in the process of building major new program strengths in both teaching and research/creative scholarship. We’re on a mission to establish ourselves as the leading academic department of games, with transformative goals that focus on EAE’s mission:
to create ideas that advance our understanding of games, to share that understanding with our students, our community, and society, and with that understanding to develop skilled, principled, and innovative game makers who change the world.
Our process over the near term will be to define ourselves as a new academic department, one that is built on our existing values, sets the bar for excellent teaching, research, and creative work in games, and always advances the power of games and play to transform lives for the better. We have a bold vision statement:
EAE’s graduates will lead the world in advancing new forms of games and play that improve entertainment, health, justice, learning & training, collaboration, safety & security, and many other aspects of individual and societal well-being. The ideas developed at EAE will transform our capacity to create games that change lives. EAE’s focus on excellence in education, research, collaboration, and community will catalyze partnerships across our campus and serve as a foundational element of a thriving games ecosystem in Utah and the nation.
But a statement alone isn’t sufficient. We’re driven to push this vision forward with action, and we’re passionately seeking colleagues to join us in this work. If you are interested in creating ideas that advance our understanding of games, sharing those ideas with students, the community, and society, and applying those ideas to change society for the better, we would love to hear from you.
You can apply directly to the open positions we have through these links:
- To apply for the tenure-line assistant professor or associate professor positions: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/141912
- To apply for the career-line assistant professor position on the Salt Lake campus: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/141936
- To apply for the career-line assistant professor position on the Utah Asia campus: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/146267
You can also reach out to EAE’s Director, Michael Young, or to any of our faculty, to talk about the vision for EAE, where we are in our work to create a new academic department of games, and how you might play a role in building games as a discipline here at the U.