[SIGCIS-Members] DEADLINE EXTENDED: faculty position in Information and Communication Technology for Development

Paul Edwards pne at umich.edu
Mon Nov 16 08:57:21 PST 2009

Dear colleagues:

DEADLINE EXTENDED until Nov. 25 for this position.

We are particularly hoping to attract candidates who work in Africa. 
Please forward widely, and publish in newsletters or journals. Feel free to contact me for more information.

— Paul N. Edwards

Faculty Position Postings

Information and Communication Technology for Development

Rank: Assistant Professor 

The School of Information (SI) seeks a faculty member at the Assistant Professor level who will establish a vigorous research and teaching program in information and communication technology for development (ICT4D), emphasizing applications relevant to environmental sustainability and developing nations. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in information system design; computer-supported cooperative work; environmental informatics; communication studies; development policy, sociology, or anthropology; and/or a related field applicable to the design and study of information systems for developing-world contexts. The ideal applicant will combine a proven ability to design effective and innovative information systems with an informed, critical perspective on development issues. A portfolio that includes fieldwork (for example, an implemented ICT4D project, or a study of ICT uses in one or more nations) will receive most favorable consideration. 

The School's mission is to connect people, information, and technology in more valuable ways. The School currently has 37 FTE faculty; 50 doctoral students, and 372 students in its professional program, the Master of Science in Information. In partnership with other units, we recently launched a new undergraduate informatics concentration (major). We encourage you to learn more about the School, its mission, and its activities at the SI Web site. 

This position is part of a "cluster hire" in Environment, Information, and Development. The cluster consists of SI and three partner units < the Department of History, the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Center for Afroamerican & African Studies (which will also be hiring new faculty in related areas). The candidate for the SI position will be expected to engage with these new faculty, as well as others across the university, through such venues as a speaker series, reading groups, research projects, and teaching initiatives. We ask applicants for the SI position to review the Environment, Information and Development cluster description. Letters of application should mention the candidate's ideas for interacting with the cluster group. 

Qualifications: A Ph.D. (or nearing completion) in the areas of information science, computer science, environmental informatics, communication studies, sociology, anthropology, public policy, or another relevant field; demonstrated potential for successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level; demonstrated potential for high scholarly impact; and a strong commitment to teaching, interdisciplinary research, and creative activity. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled; however, candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by November 15, 2009. 

For more information or to apply, please visit the UM School of Information Faculty Position Postings. 

Paul N. Edwards, Assoc. Professor of Information

School of Information
3078 West Hall
University of Michigan
1085 South University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1107
(734) 764-2617 (office)                  
(206) 337-1523  (fax) 

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