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AAA Academics: Superstar Designers in Academia

Richard Lemarchand  |  Associate Professor, Interactive Media & Games Division, University of Southern California
Sam Roberts  |  Assistant Director of Interactive Media & Games Division, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Brenda Romero  |  Game Designer in Residence, UC Santa Cruz
John Romero  |  Creative Director, Games and Playable Media Master's Degree Program, UC Santa Cruz
Warren Spector  |  Director, Denius-Sams Gaming Academy

Location: Room 3020, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: GDC Education Summit
Vault Recording: Video

As game programs grow more advanced and sets of best practices begin to coalesce, a new trend has emerged with well-known industry figures joining the ranks of professors. What does this trend mean for the field and how will it change expectations for the future? What convinced these designers and developers to make this career shift? And how have they found their transitions to academia? Come see what's next for these superstar designers turned professors.


Attendees who are interested in bringing professional practices and personnel to their own programs will find out what brought these well-known designers to apply their talents to academia, and what their response to the academic environment has been.