Summary of Duties: The Digital Technology and Culture program at Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative Fellowship, made possible by a generous grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) with funds provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The two year postdoctoral fellowship begins August 2021, with the intent to transition into a tenure-track faculty position upon the completion of the fellowship period. The ACLS Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative is designed to increase the diversity, broadly conceived, of faculty in the humanities and to support fellows within fields of the humanities for members of groups that have been historically underrepresented. WSU is a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage, its formal Memorandum of Understanding with Native American tribes in the region, and tradition of service to society. The College of Arts and Sciences and the Digital Technology and Culture program thus encourages applications from individuals who identify as members of traditionally underrepresented groups including, but not limited to Indigenous, Native American, First Nations, Black, African diaspora, and Latin(x) populations.
The Digital Technology and Culture program is an interdisciplinary program within the newly authorized School of Information in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) emphasizing humanistic understandings of technology, technological histories and futures, and publicly engaged research and creative production. Candidates should have a research focus and/or creative agenda in one or more of the following broadly interpreted areas: visual arts, critical design, data-driven storytelling, digital media arts, integrative media and design, data visualization, critical code studies and practice, archival sciences, artificial intelligence, or human-computer interaction with an emphasis on ethical, social and cultural considerations. We are especially interested in candidates using digital technologies, computational methods and creative practices that cross disciplines and that explicitly examine issues related to systemic racism in its many forms and modalities. The program values creative, collaborative, and publicly engaged scholarship that places an emphasis on explicitly anti-racist pedagogies, practices, and production in teaching, research, service, and scholarship that work to advance racial justice, reconciliation, and repair.
Required Qualifications: 1. MFA, MDe, MAD, MGraph, or Ph.D. in Information Sciences, Data Analytics, Data Science, Integrative Technologies, Informatics, Information Design, Digital Media, Media Arts, Interactive Media, Data Visualization, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Digital Humanities or related area by time of appointment; 2. Evidence of successful classroom and/or individual instruction; 3. Willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds; 4. Evidence of an emergent and productive research program or creative production appropriate to the position.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.