Media & Information Job Openings

Tenure System Position in Human-Centered Emerging Technologies

Tenure System Assistant or Associate Professor in Human-Centered Emerging Technologies
Department of Media and Information
Michigan State University

The Department of Media and Information (M&I) at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks an innovative, dynamic individual to fill a full-time, tenure stream position at the assistant or associate professor level who can connect the creative and research approaches in the department, college, and university. We are particularly interested in someone who uses human-centered approaches to design, and is interested in emerging technologies, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, games, gamification, autonomous vehicles, Internet of things, smart homes, health technologies, neuro/biosensors, wearable devices, tangible computing, and other new technologies that are reshaping the world around us. We also value interests in socially relevant topics and making positive change in the world. Our ideal candidate both builds new things in the world and seeks to understand the impacts of the things they build, integrating the “arts” and “sciences” in their work.

Candidates will be expected to gain visibility through juried creative works and/or peer-reviewed academic research publications. Given our strong interdisciplinary culture we welcome applications from individuals from a diverse range of disciplinary and methodological traditions who thrive in a vibrant academic environment. Faculty members are also expected to pursue external funding to support their research and/or creative activity. In addition, candidates will teach in our undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as advise graduate students on projects, theses, and dissertations. Expected start date is August 16, 2019.

M&I is a top-five ranked, research and grant-active department. The department’s 31 faculty have core interests that focus on the study of technology and society, human-technology interaction, and technological systems. The M&I faculty was deliberately recruited from a range of disciplines, including communication, computer science, media, human-computer interaction, management, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, science and technology studies (STS), and design to complement and create a unique intellectual energy. This environment takes the best and most useful elements of various disciplines to create novel insights. The department strives to promote work that is cross-disciplinary and transdisciplinary. Such endeavors expand our knowledge in new and innovative ways.

To apply, please visit the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website (https://jobs.msu.edu), refer to Posting #543608, and complete an electronic submission. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically: (1) a cover letter indicating the position you are interested in and summarizing your qualifications for it, (2) a current vita, (3) the URL to an existing individual or collaborative website that conveys your current scholarship and/or portfolio, and (4) the names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as your recommenders to the search committee. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Please direct any questions to Associate Professor Rick Wash, Search Committee Chair, Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, at wash@msu.edu.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


Media and Information Department Chairperson

M&I is a top-five ranked, research and grant-active department. The department’s 31 faculty have core interests that focus on the study of technology and society, human-technology interaction, and technological systems. The M&I faculty was deliberately recruited from a range of disciplines, including communication, computer science, media human-computer interaction, management, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, STS, and design to complement each and to create a unique intellectual energy. This environment takes the best and most useful elements of various disciplines to create novel insights. The department strives to promote work that is cross-disciplinary and transdisciplinary. Such endeavors expand our knowledge in new and innovative ways.

Our top-ranked cross-department doctoral program has over 60 students. Our applied master’s program enrolls over 60 students from across the globe. We educate over 800 undergraduate majors in film and media production, games and interactive media, media and information management, and human-centered technology design.

The Department of Media and Information is a member of the iSchools consortium and is housed in MSU’s world-renowned College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Established in 1955, as the first of its kind in the country, “ComArtSci” is now one of the largest and most respected colleges of Communication in the world. ComArtSci combines a research-intensive faculty with a strong professional mission to prepare students for rewarding careers and to influence the professional practice of communication globally.  For additional information, visit mi.msu.edu.

M&I is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. The department is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principles of diversity and proactive inclusion.

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Required Degree

Terminal degree related to Media and Information

Minimum Requirements

Our next chairperson will be a globally recognized scholar who brings dynamic and inclusive leadership experience to further our transdisciplinary vision and to balance the department’s research initiatives and creative activity with our teaching mission. A terminal degree in a discipline related to media and information is required. Candidates must have a track record of distinguished scholarship including grant activity, administrative and organizational skills, and intellectual curiosity.

Desired Qualifications

We value experience in public policy or industry and a willingness to engage with stakeholders outside the academy. Experience mentoring and supporting faculty, staff and students from marginalized groups is particularly valued. 

Required Application Materials

Candidates should submit 1) a cover letter that includes a statement of purpose and vision for the department, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and contact information of three references. The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants by October 15, 2018 and will continue until an exceptional candidate is selected.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic credentials. The position is a full-time, 12-month, tenured appointment.  The expected start date is August 2019 or sooner.

Special Instructions

For more information on this position, please contact the search committee chair:

Keith Hampton
khampton@msu.edu
517-432-6747

Electronic submission of applications through MSU’s Careers site (www.careers.msu.edu) are required.

To Apply

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.