Open Rank Tenure Track Position in Learning Sciences & Technologies Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WPI announces 2 inter-disciplinary faculty searches at the edge of Learning Sciences and Computer Science, to start in July 2015. The first one is an open-rank position in the learning sciences, the second one is a tenure-track position in Serious Games (for Education, or Health). In addition, there are several other tenure-track positions in Computer Science at WPI, for a total of 7 positions that integrate Computer Science with other areas (

Open Rank Tenure Track Position in Learning Sciences & Technologies Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The Social Science and Policy Studies (SSPS) Department at WPI announces an Open Rank Tenure Track position in the Learning Sciences. Candidates should have a doctorate in Psychology, Learning Sciences, Human-Computer Interaction or a related field (e.g., Cognitive Science, Education, Learning Technologies, or Sociology). The ideal candidate should have a strong program of fundable research and experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. The candidate’s research should complement our current research strengths in: technology for STEM learning/assessment, intelligent tutoring systems, game-based learning environments, and educational data mining. Fundamentally, the LS&T faculty are looking for collaborators to advance our goal of improving K-16 education with learning technologies.

The selected candidate will teach courses in our Learning Sciences and Technologies graduate program (e.g., Foundations of Learning Sciences, Educational Learning Environments, Metacognition, Motivation & Affect) as well as courses in the undergraduate psychology program (e.g., Cognitive, Educational, or Developmental Psychology). In addition, the new faculty member will be invited to create new graduate courses in areas of interest. Our websites provide additional information about the SSPS Department (, the Learning Sciences & Technologies graduate program ( and WPI’s STEM Education Center ( The LS&T program is an interdisciplinary program comprising core faculty from Social Sciences and Computer Science, in addition to other associated faculty in Interactive Media and Game Development and Robotics. WPI, founded in 1865, is one of the nation’s oldest technological universities. WPI is a highly selective private university with an undergraduate student body of over 4000 and 1900 full-time and part-time graduate students enrolled in more than 50 Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. programs. Its innovative project-enriched curriculum engages students and faculty in real-world problem solving, often at one of WPI’s global project centers. WPI is located one hour west of Boston. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks WPI among the top national universities and recently placed WPI in its top 30 for faculty resources.

Applications should include a CV, a detailed description of research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, sample publications, and the names of three referees who will submit letters of recommendation.

To apply, visit: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

To enrich education through diversity, WPI is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. A pre-employment criminal records check is required.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Interactive Media & Game Development Program

Open Rank Tenured / Tenure Track Faculty Position in Serious Games — July 2015

Balance: teaching & research, theory & practice, work & play, engineering, art & design. Balance is the concept that best encapsulates life as a WPI IMGD faculty member. If this sounds like a place for you, please join us.The WPI Interactive Media & Game Development (IMGD) Program ( seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level to start July 1, 2015. Candidates should hold a terminal degree at the time of appointment in any related discipline and should have a research focus in Serious Games.

WPI is very well positioned for the development of Serious Games in education through our Learning Sciences & Technologies Program (, and in health-related areas through our multi-university Healthcare Delivery Institute ( We welcome candidates with interests in these and other Serious Games areas. Successful candidates will have a clear plan to establish a research program within IMGD, seek external research funding, and participate in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Exceptional candidates may be hired at the Associate or Full Professor level.

Established in 2005, the IMGD Program is a collaborative venture between the Computer Science and the Humanities & Arts Departments, combining the technical and artistic aspects of game development in a balanced approach that is bound together by the importance of design. The 12 core and 9 additional affiliated IMGD faculty members bring diverse skills and experience to the teaching and scholarship of all things interactive. The IMGD Program enjoys strong support from the university and has state-of-the-art space and equipment for designing, creating, and evaluating next-generation interactive experiences.

We expect successful candidates to contribute to the exceptionally close-knit, collaborative, and collegial atmosphere we currently enjoy.

Founded in 1865, WPI is one of the nation’s oldest technological universities. Today, WPI is a highly selective private university with an undergraduate student body of over 4,000 and 1,900 full- and part-time graduate students enrolled in more than 50 Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. programs. WPI is consistently ranked among the top national universities in U.S. News & World Report. Its innovative project-enriched curriculum engages students and faculty in real-world problem solving, often at one of WPI’s project centers. The university is located in the heart of Massachusetts an hour away from Boston and Providence.

To Apply:

If such balance is what you are after, please apply for our open faculty position. Applicants should submit a cover letter with details about their research goals and teaching philosophy, vitae, and contact information for at least three references. Applications should be received by December 15, 2014. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply early. Apply here:

Questions about the hiring process should be sent to [email protected].

To enrich education through diversity, WPI is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

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