Roger AltizerAdjunct Assistant Professor
Game Theory, Design and Development
Phone: (801) 585-6491
Roger Altizer, Jr. (Rahjur) is an adjunct assistant professor teaching videogame courses for the Division of Film at the University of Utah where he is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication. Roger has presented at national and international conferences on videogame culture. He, with Dr. Kessler, received a grant from Microsoft to explore the use of their XNA game development framework in the classroom. He is presently working on a grant project exploring the use of videogames and virtual worlds in pain management. Roger is currently teaching Videogame Development: Traditional Genres, Videogame Development: Contemporary and Alternative Genres, Videogame Theory and Design, and Writing for New Media..
Roger has been around the videogame block, from having been a tester on the original Xbox to being a videogame journalist for the New York Times website About.com he has experienced the ins and outs of the industry. He helped establish the videogame education curriculum at the University of Utah and continues to work on bringing videogame studies to the university and helping students find careers in the entertainment arts.