Karen Collins

Associate Professor

(519) 888-4567 x. 38326
Location: ECH 2112

Karen CollinsKaren Collins is Canada Research Chair in Interactive Audio and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo. She is cross-appointed to English Language and Literature and adjunct in Computer Science at the University Ontario Institute of Technology for the purposes of graduate supervision. Her work focuses primarily on sound and music in games, and explores how new technologies impact our audio experience. This research has included studies of sound on smart tables (horizontal computers), mobile phones, video games, and how sound is used in slot machines to manipulate players.  She also works as a freelance sound designer and runs a game audio start-up company called Veemix.

Recent work

2013. Playing With Sound: A Theory of Interacting with Sound and Music in Video Games.  Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press

2012.  K.  Collins and P. Taillon. Visualized Sound Effect Icons for Improved Multimedia Accessibility. Entertainment Computing.  Volume 3 Issue 1, pp. 11-17.

2011. K. Collins, P. Taillon, and B. Kapralos. Experimenting With a Framework for Networked Mobile Audio Arrays. Audio Engineering Society 44th Conference on Audio Networking. San Diego, November  18-20.

2011. K. Collins. Making Gamers Cry: Mirror Neurons and Embodied Interaction with Game Sound. ACM SIGCHI AudioMostly 2011 – 6th Conference on Interaction with Sound. Coimbra, Portugal, September 2011.

2008. Game Sound: An Introduction to the History, Theory and Practice of Video Game Music and Sound Design. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press. 

University of Waterloo

Profiles by type

Employment Opportunity for Sessional Instructors

The Speech Communication program at the University of Waterloo is searching for several new sessional instructors to teach core communication courses.  Based in a liberal arts faculty with high national and international standards, the Speech Communication program currently serves approximately 150 majors, 50 minors, and delivers many sections of communication courses to four Faculties from across the University.

Sessional instructors could teach up to three sections per academic term of the following courses: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Science Communication, or Communication in the Engineering Professions. Each of these courses include emphases on foundational communication competencies and are designed to align with the Speech Communication program objectives. More information on the Speech Communication program can be found here:


Interested instructors should have a PhD or be working toward completing a PhD, and should send a CV and a brief letter of interest that addresses qualifications and teaching philosophy to:

Dr. Robert Danisch

Chair, Department of Drama and Speech Communication

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1