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The Guildhall gets new teaching talent

Posted by: Sean Colleli at 7/7/2008 1:24 PM
Southern Methodist University started The Guildhall five years ago, a video game education program aimed at teaching game development from industry veterans.  Two new faculty members have joined the teaching staff: Ed Clune, former senior manager of central technology at Activision Publishing, and Dr. Paul Topac, a specialist in educational instructional technology.  It's cool to see industry insiders pass on the trade to a new generation, and I just wish we had something like this at OSU.  Although OSU's Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, with its awesome motion capture lab, is pretty cool too.


Industry Veteran, Instructional Technology Educational Expert Join The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University

SMU/DALLAS – July 2, 2008 -- Ed Clune, former senior manager of central technology at Activision Publishing, and Dr. Paul Topac, a specialist in educational instructional technology, have joined the faculty at The Guildhall at SMU, a top rated graduate video game development program at Southern Methodist University.

“Ed and Paul are tremendous additions to our faculty,” said Dr. Peter Raad, executive director for the program.  “Ed’s 12 years with Activision will be so valuable to our students.  And Paul’s work in instructional technology will allow us to explore the serious game sector more aggressively and attract some significant research projects.”

Prior to being senior manager of central technology at Activision, Clune served as an associate producer and programmer with the publishing company.  He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electric and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Topac received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin this spring where his dissertation topic focused on “The Effects of a Problem-Based Learning Digital Game on Continuing Motivation to Learn Science.”  He also holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from UT Austin

About The Guildhall at SMU:  The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University is the premier graduate video game education program in the US. Many of the school’s founders are industry icons, and classes are taught by industry veterans. In five short years the program has graduated over 200 students and alums now work at more than 75 video game studios around North America.  SMU offers both a Master’s degree and a graduate Professional Certificate of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development, with specializations in art creation, level design, and software development. For more information visit http://guildhall.smu.edu