Postdoctoral Research Associate Position, Annenberg Center for Communication

The Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California invites applications for a postdoctoral research position sponsored by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. This one-year position, with the possibility of a second-year renewal, will require the researcher to work as a fieldworker/ethnographer on a project on “digital kids” and informal learning: how children and youth are using information and communication technologies and the internet. The USC project, led by Mizuko Ito, is part of a broader project involving Peter Lyman and Diane Harley at UC Berkeley, and Michael Carter at the Monterey Institute of Technology and Education. Visit the main project website, “Kids’ Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures” for more information on the project.

Responsibilities will include monitoring and participating in online activity and conducting interviews with kids and parents; analyzing, writing up and presenting results; exploring policy implications of the research. The ideal candidate will have experience in ethnographic fieldwork, collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and experience working with children and families.

This full-time position pays $45,000 plus benefits, and requires residence in the Los Angeles area. For complete information on the position, and application instructions, contact Rachel Cody at the Annenberg School. Deadline for receipt of application materials is April 30, 2006.

Interactive Media Studies Positions at National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore‘s Communications and New Media Programme (CNM) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences invites applications for five tenure-track positions at either the assistant- or associate-professor levels.

Media scholars should have an M.F.A. or Ph.D. and an active research program in one or more of the following areas:

–Interactive Media content design and development

–HCI and evaluation research

–User experience design/strategy and innovation

–Interactive advertising/business/marketing

–Media arts: storytelling, cyberculture and cyberarts, new media arts (theory and practice)

For complete details on position requirements and application procedures, visit CNM’s website. Application review begins immediately for positions to begin August 2006 or January 2007.

Postdoctoral Fellowship at De Montfort University

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellowship on a new project, led by Professor Sue Thomas, entitled “Interdisciplinary Applications of Experimental Social Software to the study of Narrative in Digital Contexts”. This one-year post will be jointly based in the Institute of Creative Technologies and the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

The successful applicant will have a major role in “the survey and evaluation of collaborative social software tools and their application to people-to-people models of transdisciplinary knowledge-sharing in relation to narratives in a digital context.”

Qualifications include a Ph.D., proven knowledge of narrative in digital environments, experience in managing web-based collaborative tools; a substantial understanding of the technical aspects of the project, including knowledge of HTML, databases, data collection and analysis skills.

The deadline for applications is March 17, 2006.

Get additional information and apply online by visiting De Montfort University’s employment website.

Informal inquiries may be made to Sue Thomas.

Digital Media Narrative Job at WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is seeking a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor to teach narrative in digital media. We welcome interests in story telling for games and interactive media, digital writing and rhetoric, information design, multimedia authoring and new media studies.

The successful candidate will be a member of WPI’s Department of Humanities and Arts and will join the staff of the university’s Interactive Media and Game Development Program (IMGD) to develop courses and direct undergraduate projects.

Applicants with an MFA are encouraged; Ph.D. is preferred. Deadline is January 16, 2006. More information here:

Assistant Professorship, Comm Theory & Media Studies, Pace University

The Communication Studies Department at Pace University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Communication Theory beginning September 2006. The successful candidate should be a generalist with research interests in one or more of the following areas: communication theory, communication and public policy, critical media studies, political economy of the media, or digital media. Experience and facility with digital editing is a major plus but not required. The successful applicant will be required to teach introductory courses and to develop upper-level courses in his/her area of specialization. Ph.D. in communication or closely related field required. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a CV, a sample of scholarly work/research, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation to the Communication Studies Department, Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, NY, NY 10038. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2006 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact Shawn Miklaucic.

Professorship or Sr. Lectureship in Digital Humanities, Lancaster University

The newly-formed Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Lancaster University, Lancaster, U.K., seeks applications for a professorship or senior lectureship in Digital Humanities. The creation of this interdisciplinary position is part of the university’s goal of becoming a “centre of excellence” for ICT in the humanities and arts. Duties will include developing a research agenda; working with academic departments to establish new degree curricula at the postgraduate level; pursing research funding from external agencies; liasing with external stakeholders such as museums, libraries and galleries; advising colleagues in the faculty about digital research methods; promoting use of advanced ICT throughout the university; and helping to establish an international profile for Lancaster University in this field.

Requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant research area, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary engagement; demonstrated excellence in the use of advanced ICT relating to the humanities or arts; track record of relevant publication; proven ability to attract external research funding; teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels; experience designing relevant programs of study.

This permanent appointment will begin in the summer of 2006. Application closing date is January 20, 2006. For a complete job announcement and instructions on application procedures, visit the Lancaster University employment website, or contact Professor Tony Gatrell, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

New Media Job Openings at University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina has two openings for tenure-track assistant professors. The Department of Art invites applications for an assistant professorship in New Media Design. The department seeks a cutting-edge new media artist with creative research in digital/new media, including computer animation, motion graphics, web design, and/or other aspects of digital media production. Teaching duties will include courses in digital media production and design. Qualifications include an MFA or Ph.D. in digital media (or equivalent) with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching. For additional information and application procedures, contact Search Chair Laura Kissel.

The second position, an assistant professorship in New Media Studies, is a joint appointment in the Film Studies Program and the Media Arts area of the Department of Art. Applications are sought from cutting-edge scholars of new/digital media and culture. Teaching duties will include relevant courses in media theory, criticism, and/or history, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in media studies (or equivalent) with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching. For addtional information and application procedures, contact Search Chair Ina Hark.

Applications for both positions will begin being reviewed on November 15, 2005, and continue until the positions are filled.

Media Studies Job at VCU

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Assistant or Associate Professor in the History and Applications of Media

The Departments of English and History invite applications for a joint tenure-track faculty position in Media Studies, including the historical evolution of media, their interactions and impact on communication and culture. Linked to the proposed Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text, this position would emphasize convergences among various traditional and new media, from oral and manuscript culture, to print, digital, and multimedia expression. We are especially interested in candidates who have expertise in at least two of the following areas: the use and applications of computing for the study, presentation, and teaching of literature and history; history of the book; history of film; US history with a focus on the evolution of media; verbal and visual rhetoric and the rhetoric of new media; history and theory of reading and writing practices; new models of textuality and/or literacy in the digital age. Ph.D. required in English, History (with a focus on media), American Studies, Media Studies, or other field appropriate to this position. Publications, in either print or digital media, preferred for the Assistant Professor, required for the Associate professor rank. The expected two semester teaching load would be 3/3, spread among general education, upper-division, and graduate courses taught in the departments of English and History, and within the new Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text. Preliminary interviews at the MLA Convention and the AHA Conference. Send application, c.v., and dossier including three letters of recommendation, examples of published work, sample syllabi, and statement of teaching philosophy to: Marcel Cornis-Pope, Chair, Department of English, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2005. All materials must be postmarked by December 4, 2005. Applications will be reviewed starting on December 4 and will continue until position is filled. VCU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If special accommodations are needed, please contact Margret Vopel at (804) 828-3485.

Assistant or Associate Professor in History & Applications of Media, Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a joint tenure-track position in the departments of English and History focusing on the historical evolution of media, their interactions and impact on communication and culture. Linked to the proposed Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text, this Media Studies position will emphasize convergences among various traditional and new media. VCU is especially interested in candidates with expertise in at least two of the following areas:

–History of the book
–History of film
–U.S. history with a focus on the evolution of media
–Verbal and visual rhetoric and literacy in the digital age

Ph.D. required in either English, History, American Studies, Media Studies, or other appropriate field. Application materials due November 28, 2005. For details and application requirements, contact Richard Fine in the VCU Department of English.

Associate Professor Position in NCSU Dept. of Communication

North Carolina State University Department of Communication seeks to hire a media scholar for an Associate Professor position to teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as conduct communication research.

Requirements include a PhD in Communication, a substantial research program, and teaching experience in a specialty, including all aspects of digital and media studies, that enhances one or more of the Department’s emphases: Communication technology, health communication, intercultural & international communication, interpersonal, organizational communication, public relations, political communication and rhetoric.

The position begins August 16, 2006.Applications received will begin being reviewed by December 1, 2005 until position is filled. For application procedures, contact Sara Reese.