Jason Pace to Direct Center for Serious Play at UW Bothell

Thursday, June 28, 2012

CONTACT: Richard Penny, 425-352-3995,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – Jason Pace has been named director for the Center for Serious Play at the University of Washington Bothell. He will begin working at UW Bothell July 16.

The Center for Serious Play provides unique opportunities for students interested in game design, interactive media, entrepreneurship and the impact of games and interactive media on contemporary culture. Emphasis is placed on pairing students with industry partners to provide hands-on experience.

Pace was selected after a national search. For the last five years, he has been a creative director and lead producer for the Halo franchise on Xbox, dividing his time between developing new intellectual property with external studios and leading internal projects to grow the franchise in new directions. Prior to his work on Halo, Pace led the product design teams for Microsoft Casual Games, focusing on game design, social features and metagame development.

“Jason brings a long history of connected experience design, with an emphasis on user experience and human-computer interaction,” says Dr. Susan Jeffords, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UW Bothell. “He will be a great asset to our faculty to explore ways for game design to support pedagogy and student learning.”

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.