About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is a global, research-intensive university with more than 14,000 students, more than 120,000 alumni, and approximately 5,000 faculty and staff. In 2022-2023, U.S. News & World Report ranked CMU #22 among national universities, #3 in terms of Most Innovative Schools, and many of its programs are among the top-ranked in the world. CMU is home to the country’s #1 ranked programs in computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence, among others.
The university is known for its distinctive culture, which champions interdisciplinary inquiry and collaborative efforts in a technology rich environment. CMU’s global footprint fosters cooperation across borders, including from its campuses in Qatar, and most recently Rwanda, where it is making a commitment to empower the next generation of African leaders and innovators. With more than a dozen degree-granting locations, as well as a growing number of research partnerships around the world, CMU is truly a global institution. CMU faculty are known for inspiring students to think creatively, interpret with insight, and solve major societal, scientific, and technological challenges.
Current and former faculty and alumni include 20 Nobel Laureates, 79 members of the National Academies, 12 Turing Awardees, 10 Academy Award winners, 116 Emmy Award winners, and 44 Tony Award winners. Roughly 7,400 undergraduate and 8,300 graduate students are drawn to the University’s commitment to innovative education and training and its outstanding programs across its seven schools and colleges.
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon is a unique place where design, arts, sciences, and humanities converge.
For more information about CMU, please visit the following links:
- History of the institution: https://www.cmu.edu/about/history.html
- Strategic Plan, 2025: https://www.cmu.edu/strategic-plan/
- Rankings: https://www.cmu.edu/about/rankings.html
- Awards: https://www.cmu.edu/about/awards.html
The Role of the Director, Entertainment Technology Center
Carnegie Mellon University seeks an experienced, collaborative, and future focused leader as the next Director of its world-renowned Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). The ETC is the premier professional graduate program for interactive entertainment, innovation, and storytelling across industries. The Director will build on the existing reputation and aspiration of this original and inspiring program.
The ETC was founded in 1998 by two co-directors: Randy Pausch, a Computer Science professor (who later delivered his inspirational Last Lecture), and Don Marinelli, a Drama Professor. The ETC admitted its first class of students in 1999. Today, it is an interdisciplinary center offering a two-year Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) terminal degree.
Currently, the ETC enrolls approximately 150 graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, inspired by a wide range of motivations and career ambitions, and employs 18 full time teaching track faculty and 3 special faculty, 6 adjuncts, and 13 staff.
Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, the Director will:
- Be willing to push boundaries of the program as it exists and in imagining its future.
- Understand, appreciate, and encourage the continued interdisciplinarity of the program – focusing on opportunities to bring different disciplines together in programs and curriculum.
- Be an advocate for the role of a professional program within an academic research environment and engage in outreach and build institutional support for the ETC.
- Embrace both the technologic and artistic nature of entertainment design and the intersection of these approaches as both the historic basis for the ETC and in the pursuit of projects and initiatives supported by the ETC.
- Be ready and able to work with interdisciplinary faculty and students in a creative project-based learning environment.
- Be future focused in the exploration of platforms and technologies to help prepare students for the future and be willing to iterate and innovate in thinking about spaces, technology, and ideas.
- Work to attract industry collaborators in support of curriculum and student and faculty professional development.
This is a full-time position that will be performed on-site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package.
Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be sent in confidence via email to CMUDirector@storbecksearch.com.
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