Georgia State University, School of Film, Media & Theatre

Position ID:GSU-FMT-POSTDOC [#20578]
Position Title: Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Video Game Studies
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:ATLANTA, Georgia 30303, United States [map]
Subject Area: Film and Media Studies / Video Game Studies
Appl Deadline:2022/04/30 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/11/19, listed until 2022/04/30)
Position Description:    

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Video Game Studies

Georgia State University’s School of Film, Media & Theatre is dedicated to broadening the range of voices heard in American culture (especially perspectives that are often marginalized) and to critically examining the functions and industries of visual storytelling.

To that end, we invite early career academics (Ph.D. 2017 or later) to apply for our new postdoctoral research associate position.

The School of Film, Media & Theatre is growing within an enterprising doctoral university (R1) in Atlanta. Our postdoctoral research associate will play a supporting role as the school collaborates to transform its curriculum and pedagogy to foreground experiential, interdisciplinary, and technologically enhanced learning furthering Georgia State’s strategic goal of demonstrating that students from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success.

We are looking for candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our faculty through their experiences and approaches to video game studies, especially those applying a humanities-based approach via critical theory and race.


The candidate is expected to bring and maintain an active research agenda; to teach graduate courses in a doctoral program in Moving Image Studies (including graduate seminars in video game studies) as well as undergraduate courses in video game studies. Typically teaching requirements are a 1-1. Candidates will also be expected to participate in events and mentoring functions organized by the School of Film, Media & Theatre.


Recent Ph.D.s and Ph.D. candidates in the final stages of completing and defending their dissertation may apply. Salary ranges between $56,000-60,000 annually plus benefits. In addition, the School will provide a moving expense allowance and professional development funds. The postdoctoral research associate position is an appointment that can last up to three years to develop the skills and gain the experience needed for a tenure-track faculty position. The successful incumbent will build and foster relationships for possible career growth within the school. Applicants must be able to be physically on campus when teaching and collaborating with colleagues.


Essential Qualifications:

·          Ph.D. in television/media/film or a related field (in hand by August 1, 2022)

·          An emerging record of research

·          Experience in teaching at the university level 

Preferred Qualifications:

·         An emerging record of research on video games  

·         Excellence in teaching at the university level 


1) a letter of application addressing the essential and preferred qualifications (2 pages)

2) curriculum vitae

3) a representative scholarly publication/paper (25 pages maximum)

4) teaching philosophy (2 pages)

5) contact information for three references

Semi-finalists will be asked to provide the following prior to virtual interviews:

1)     a diversity statement outlining past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through research/creative activity and teaching

2)     three letters of recommendation

Finalists may be invited to an on-campus interview with a teaching demonstration and research presentation.

Applicants should send their materials to Regina Anderson ( Questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Ethan Tussey ( To ensure full consideration, please submit all materials by January 15, 2022. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Should you be recommended for a position, an offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.  


The School of Film, Media & Theatre is part of the College of the Arts, which was established in 2016 and also includes the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, the School of Music, and the Center for Educational Partnerships in Music.  In addition to offering some of the university’s most popular majors, the college connects faculty and students with Atlanta’s thriving arts scene and booming film and music industries. The School of Film, Media & Theatre has over 1200 majors and houses a Ph.D. program in Moving Image Studies, an M.F.A in digital filmmaking, M.A. programs in film/media production and studies, and undergraduate programs in film/media and theatre.

Georgia State University is a national leader in using innovation to drive student success and research growth. The university provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students significant research, teaching, and learning opportunities in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgia State as #2 in Most Innovative Schools, #2 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, #5 in Learning Communities, #6 in First-Year Experiences, and #11 in Top Performers on Social Mobility among national universities.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.


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Contact: Regina Anderson, 4044136559
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School of Film, Media & Theatre
PO Box 5060
Atlanta, GA 30302
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