Curtis is the Director of the World Languages and Digital Humanities Studio at the University of Arkansas. Curtis earned his Ph.D. in German Studies from Vanderbilt University. From 2016–2019, he managed the Master’s program in Game Development and Research at the Cologne Game Lab (CGL) and is currently the Project Lead for a joint game development project between CGL and the University of Manouba (Tunis). In support of this German- Tunisian-North American co-development project, Curtis was awarded two grants from the DAAD and an additional grant from the Erasmus Plus Mobility Program. Due to his involvement in all aspects of CGL life—from lecturing to student admissions to developing trans-institutional partnerships—he gained a layered understanding of how to be an effective leader at a creative digital institute and he has drawn on these skills to strengthen and expand the role of German Studies, and the Humanities more broadly, at the five universities where he has taught since his time at CGL.