Professor Phelps keeps a professional CV in PDF format, which is updated approximately once a year. His CV contains information on publications, presentations, student projects, grants, gifts, etc. In addition to his CV, he regards as final testament to his impact with students the fact that they created a 'muppet' in his likeness (pictured far right), through a process that involved multiple photographs, 3D models, coordinate mapping, and eventual hands-on construction. The muppet appeared in several student and faculty created videos, and was also used sporadically at the School of Interactive Games & Media booth at the annual Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco.
The picture above is a still from a video that was produced by Microsoft Research [note that video requires Microsoft Silverlight player] around the Just Press Play project. The video featured comments by Professor Phelps as well as the RIT President and Provost as well as research directors at MSR.
While serving as Director of the School of Interactive Games & Media, Phelps recorded the video to the right at the request of the university Sponsored Research office, highlighting the various projects and research within the School. Phelps was engaged as a part of several of these projects to varying degrees, ranging from PI or co-PI to administrative support. As Director of IGM (and as Director of MAGIC), it was his role and responsibility to impart and support a wide and encompassing view of scholarship and creativity activity, serving both the faculty of IGM and numerous affiliate researchers from nearly every college and division at RIT. His research support helped enable projects ranging from VR re-creations of literature and narrative, games and interactive media applied to healthcare, education, and entrepreneurship and tourism, core advances in graphics and systems architecture, and numerous art and installation projects. (Embedded video is hosted via YouTube by 'ritetcproductions' and was recorded and edited by RIT ETC Productions. (c) RIT 2012).
While serving as Director of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity, Phelps was interviewed for the promotional video to the left reporting on the activities of the MAGIC Center, the associated MAGIC Spell Studios, as well as the Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and the Construct (RIT's makerspace). Together, these three entities along with the RIT Venture Creations incubator worked together to form a core of the RIT innovation ecosystem, as well as a 'pre-incubation' entrepreneurial network. MAGIC, in collaboration with the Simone Center, was recognized as a National Science Foundation i-CORE node during Phelps' tenure there. It was additionally recognized and connected through partnerships with Greater Rochester Enterprises, the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, Digital Rochester, and other entrepreneurial and business development networks. This worked in conjunction with academic programs, research partners, and recognition from the NY Empire State Development program to enable the expansion and support of digital media industry throughout the region, and was the basis for the formation and support for MAGIC Spell Studios.
(Embedded video is hosted via YouTube by 'ritetcproductions' and was recorded and edited by RIT ETC Productions. (c) RIT 2017).
Professional Organizations & Affiliations
In addition to his many roles past & present at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Phelps also serves in a wide array of additional roles and is affiliated with several organizations. Current roles and responsibilities are noted here in the interest of transparency, and his formal vitae lists additional past affiliations and engagements.
Phelps currently serves as President (and is a co-founder) of the
Higher Education Video Game Alliance
Phelps currently serves on the
Unity Global Education Advisory Board
Phelps currently serves as an Adobe Education Leader
Phelps currently serves as a judge for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards
Phelps served as a member of the board for the Adobe Partners by Design program from 2014-2018
Phelps is a member of the
International Game Developer's Association.
Phelps is a member of the
Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA).
Phelps is a lifetime member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society, inducted in fall of 2000
Phelps is a lifetime member of the Golden Key National Honors Society, inducted in fall of 1996
Phelps is a member of the National Communication Association (NCA) and NCA Game Studies Division
Phelps is a member of multple program committees, review panels, and assessment teams, and has served as a reviewer and outside evaluator for promotion and tenure, as well as program and center evalation, at multiple universities as noted in his CV.
Phelps has served as a judge or advisor to several contests and game challenges including those at Games 4 Change, Microsoft Imagine Cup (multiple years including world-wide finals), Games+Learning+Society, the New York State Gamedev Challenge, the Gotland Game Competition (pictured below) and others.
In 2021 Phelps was a co-founder and co-organizer of IndieCade HORIZONS, a new event aimed at bringing together students and academics world-wide in the celebration of student games and game programs. The initial conference had representatives from more than 20 colleges and universities worldwide and was held online in June of 2021.
Recent External Articles & Coverage
The following is a brief list of articles that feature interviews or discussions with Professor Phelps and are recent enough to be meaningful. Additional interviews and press clippings are noted in his CV, and are largely searchable online.
The following are a list of university news articles that either (a) directly quote Professor Phelps, (b) report on the activities or accomplishments of the MAGIC Center or School of Interactive Games & Media during his tenure as director, or (c) report advances in projects or activities for which he was involved as a member of the project team or advisor.
GLOBAL CONTACT INFORMATION: Email: andymphelps -at- gmail.com HEVGA Email: andy -at- hevga.org Pronoun: He/Him/His
WASHINGTON DC CONTACT INFO: Email: phelps -at- american.edu Office: 113 DMTIB Phone: +1 (202) 885-2014 Mailing Address:
Professor Andrew Phelps
Director, AU Game Center
Don Myers Technology & Innovation Building, Room 113
3501 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8084 USA
CHRISTCHURCH NZ CONTACT INFO: Email: andy.phelps -at- canterbury.ac.nz Office: 210 HITLabNZ Phone: +64 3 369 0117 Mailing Address:
Professor Andrew Phelps
Human Interface Technology Lab NZ Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau
Level 2, John Britten Building
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
GOTLAND SWEDEN CONTACT INFO:Email: andy.phelps -at- speldesign.uu.se
Over 20 years teaching experience
Over $30M in research support
Designed 2 top-10 games degrees
Founding Director, RIT MAGIC Center
Founding CEO, MAGIC Spell Studios
Designed MAGIC Spell Studios facility
Founding Director, School of IGM
First Director of Game Design & Dev
Comms. Officer, RIT Academic Senate
Designed dozens of college courses
Over 50 talks at major venues
Numerous academic publications
Co-Founder & President, Higher Education Video Game Alliance
Phelps is pictured above giving the kickoff address at the AT&T App Challenge for New York, an event he hosted at the RIT MAGIC Center in conjunction with AT&T, local and state government officials, and various offices and personnel at RIT. He is pictured below from the Office of the Speaker at the U.S. House of Representatives, which he visited in 2016 as part of a delegation to Washington D.C. on games and learning, hosted by the Office of the Science of Technology Policy (OSTP) at the White House.
Portions of some images and photographs are copyright American University Media Relations, RIT University News Services, University of Canterbury Communications & Events, or Uppsala University Press & Media Services, respectively. "MAGIC Spell Studios" and associated logo are a registered trademark of MAGIC Spell Studios, LLC.
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