[SIGCIS-Members] Faculty position in Digital Environments/Digital Humanities at UM School of Information

Paul Edwards pne at umich.edu
Mon Dec 20 04:46:48 PST 2010

please forward widely! late job announcement - review of applications begins soon

Faculty Position in Social Computing

Rank: Assistant Professor 

The University of Michigan's School of Information (SI) seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of social computing. Social computing can be defined as computing about social relations and computing in support of new forms of social interactions. Its applications include: the analysis and design of online communities; social media and networking; user-contributed content; and new frontiers such as crowdsourcing, collective intelligence and new forms of virtual organizations. 

A successful candidate will be passionate about interdisciplinary work and could be trained in psychology, economics, sociology, computer science, informatics, or other areas in the social or technical sciences. The crucial characteristic is that the candidate be focused on questions related to understanding patterns of human interactions using computational techniques, or designing and evaluating technologies that enable new forms of interaction, or understanding the role of social media in society. Current SI faculty successfully pioneered the development, application and analysis of many of the underlying techniques used in social computing technologies such as: recommender systems; reputation systems; prediction markets; social network analysis; online communities; and systems for computer-supported cooperative work. For more information about SI research and activities related to social computing, see http://misc.si.umich.edu. 

SI is home to a dynamic and vibrant research and teaching program, with 35 FTE faculty, 49 doctoral students, and 380 students in its professional program, the Master of Science in Information. In partnership with other units, we recently launched a new undergraduate informatics major. SI is internationally recognized for its research strengths in social informatics, information economics and management, network analysis and text mining, human computer interaction, digital archives, cyberinfrastructure, digital preservation, and information seeking, sharing and use. More about the School, its vision, and its activities can be found at the School's website: si.umich.edu 

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked among the nation's top ten universities. The University has one of the largest health care complexes in the world and one of the best library systems in the United States. With more than $1 billion in research expenditures annually, the University has the second largest research expenditure among all universities in the nation. The University has an annual budget of more than $1.4 billion and an endowment valued at more than $7.57 billion. 


Ph.D. (or nearing completion) in a relevant area, such as psychology, economics, sociology, computer science, informatics, or other areas in the social or technical sciences
Demonstrated potential for successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level
Demonstrated potential for high scholarly impact
A strong commitment to teaching, interdisciplinary research, and cultural diversity

For more information or to apply: please visit http://si.umich.edu/about-SI/social_computing.htm and click "Apply Now" at the bottom of the page.

Review of applications will begin January 1 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received before Jan. 13 will be most likely to be reviewed.

Paul N. Edwards, Professor of Information and History
Director, UM Program on Science, Technology & Society 
A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010)

Terse replies are deliberate (and better than nothing)
University of Michigan School of Information
3439 North Quad
105 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
(734) 764-2617 (office)                  
(206) 337-1523  (fax) 

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