[Air-L] Research Chair in Game Studies and Design

Bart Simon simonb at alcor.concordia.ca
Tue Aug 25 08:16:07 PDT 2009

Hi Everyone,

Below is a call for applications for a Canada Research Chair in Game 
Studies and Design at Concordia University in Montreal. We have an 
excellent group of scholars and designers from disciplines across fine 
arts, arts and science and engineering that have recently come together 
to establish the Centre for Technoculture, Art and Games at Concordia. 
We are, as they say, poised for growth and there is great energy, 
resources and commitment to making game studies and design in the 
context of digital culture an interdisciplinary research priority.

I am more than happy to field any questions about what we have going on 
in Montreal in this area. Please cross-post this call for applications 
to any and all interested folks.


Bart Simon, Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Director, Centre for Technoculture, Art and Games
Concordia University, Montreal

simonb at alcor.concordia.ca

Canada Research Chair in Digital Game Studies and Design*

Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, invites applications for a 
Senior (Tier I) Canada Research Chair (CRC) in the field of Game 
Studies, Game Design and/or Games and Learning as a joint appointment in 
the Faculty of Arts and Science and Faculty of Fine Arts. The goal of 
the CRC program (http://chairs.gc.ca/) is to ensure that Canadian 
universities "achieve the highest levels of research excellence to 
become world-class research centres in the global, knowledge-based 

Concordia’s academic culture celebrates leading-edge research, 
creativity, and the transfer of knowledge for today’s innovation driven 
society. The Chair in Digital Game Studies and Design will build on 
Concordia’s leadership in the fields of creative expression, 
communication and culture, and information and communication 
technologies as described in our Strategic Research Plan (2008-12) 
Concordia is located in one of North America’s most diverse, creative 
and livable cities. Many leading games companies have chosen to locate 
in Montreal where strategic government initiatives also support the 
research sector and industry.

Applicants for this position may come from any disciplinary background 
but must have a superior record of publication and/or research/creation 
in the fields of game studies and game design. The successful candidate 
is expected to have an outstanding and innovative research program, as 
well as demonstrated abilities to foster the development of broad based 
interdisciplinary initiatives, attract excellent graduate students and 
secure external funding. The successful candidate will be expected to 
take a leadership role in the development of the newly founded Centre 
for Technology, Art and Games (TAG). The TAG initiative is leading 
interdisciplinary, cross-Faculty research in games studies and design at 
Concordia. TAG operates under the umbrella of the Hexagram Institute for 
Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies, which is the largest 
and most productive new media lab in Canada. For additional information 
on TAG and Hexagram, see http://www.tag.hexagram.ca and 

The successful candidate for the CRC position in the field of Game 
Studies, Game Design and/or Games and Learning will be appointed (with 
tenure) at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The candidate 
will work with the Faculty of Arts and Science and Faculty of Fine Arts 
to prepare the formal CRC nomination according to the CRC program 
guidelines. The university will nominate the successful candidate to the 
CRC Secretariat at the earliest opportunity according to the guidelines 
of the CRC program.

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum 
vitae, copies of recent publications, a statement of teaching 
philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements, and evidence 
of teaching effectiveness. Candidates must also arrange to have three 
letters of reference sent directly to:

Chair, Game Studies and Design CRC Search Committee
Concordia University
c/o Faculty of Fine Arts
1455, De Maisonneuve Boulevard West, EV 2.781
Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8 Canada

This position, linked to the CRC appointment, will begin July 1, 2010. 
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until 
the position is filled. All applications should reach the Chair of the 
Hiring Committee no later than November 2, 2009. All inquiries about the 
position should be directed to crcgames at alcor.concordia.ca Concordia 
University is committed to employment equity.

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