Monday, September 26, 2011

CFP: Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

New Science - New Risks
How do we and should we take risks under great epistemic uncertainty?

Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
30-31 March 2012
Call for papers

Organizing Committee:  Nils-Eric Sahlin (Chair), Melissa Finucane, John D. Norton, Teddy Seidenfeld, and Paul Weirich.

Questions can be directed to Nils-Eric Sahlin, or Karen Kovalchick,

Friday, September 23, 2011

Assistant Professor in Technology Studies Faculty Search at UNC - Chapel Hill

Announcement of Tenure-Track Faculty Position
Department of Communication Studies
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Assistant Professor in Technology Studies, beginning July 1, 2012.
Responsibilities include
teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in technology studies,
conducting research,
supervising dissertations, and performing departmental, university, and
public service. We
particularly encourage applicants who can also teach undergraduate classes
in media production
or in new media production. Salary is competitive.


Ph.D. (completed or near completion by July 2012) in Communication Studies
or related
discipline, with a specialization in technology studies. Scholars who work
at the intersection of
media and technologies studies and production, and whose work engages
creatively with digital
projects, are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in a
scholar with a cultural
approach to technology who focuses on the following, alphabetically-listed,
fields or related
specialties: algorithmic culture, biomedia, critical code studies, critical
digital humanities, game
studies, internet studies, social and locative media, software studies,
technology and the
environment, and technology and social movements. Candidates should have a
record of, or
potential for, outstanding teaching, research, and service.


The Department of Communication Studies has 27 full-time faculty with areas
of emphasis in
Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, Rhetorical Studies,
Performance Studies,
Media and Technology Studies, and Communication and Cultural Studies.
Approximately 850
undergraduate and 60 graduate students major in the department. The
department is committed to
critical studies and engaged scholarship, broadly conceived. Additional
information can be found

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is located in one corner of
the Research Triangle
and has an enrollment of approximately 28,000 undergraduate, graduate, and
students. The university enjoys a reputation as one of the nation’s leading
universities (ranked 5th
among public universities). The Triangle area, including Raleigh, Durham,
and Chapel Hill, has a
population of over one million and is ranked as one of the best places to
live in the United States.


Qualified applicants should submit: a letter of application, curriculum
vita, research statement,
teaching philosophy, evidence of scholarly activity, evidence of teaching
effectiveness, and
course evaluations online at Four letters of
recommendation should
be sent directly to Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication
Studies, University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 115 Bingham Hall, Campus Box 3285, Chapel
Hill, NC 27599-
3285. Women and minority applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2011. The University of
North Carolina
is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Indiana University, Bloomington: Faculty positions in Social Informatics

Job Announcement: Indiana University, Bloomington

The School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) at Indiana University
Bloomington is accepting faculty applications for a position at any
level in Social Informatics (SI), defined as the field of study that
seeks to understand how the computational sciences and digital
technologies shape society and human experience, and how society and
culture, in turn, shape the development of science and technology. We
are especially interested in senior applicants who are internationally
recognized leaders in SI and can help us develop the program further
by building on our existing strengths in social studies of computing,
in which they should have a strong research and teaching profile. The
successful senior candidate should also have interest in at least one
additional area of social informatics in which we are active
(organizational informatics, social media and Internet research,
policy, or social computing). We are also interested in junior
applicants who can move the social studies of computing in new
directions to take it beyond analytical critique and toward the design
and development of new technologies.  The position will begin in Fall
2012. Additional information on the SoIC and Bloomington, and
application requirements and submission instructions, are available at  To receive full consideration
applications must be received by November 15, 2011.  Inquiries can be
directed to John Paolillo (Assoc. Prof. Informatics), SI Search
Committee chair (

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Postdoc at Science in Human Culture Program Northwestern University

Postdoctoral Fellowships, Science in Human Culture Program Northwestern University

The Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) at Northwestern University invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the contextual study of science, technology, or medicine, to run September 2012 - August 2014. Two Fellows will be selected. Applications are welcome from scholars who study science, technology, or medicine from a variety of historical, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, or literary perspectives. Each Fellow will be affiliated with both the SHC program and an appropriate disciplinary department (History, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, etc.). Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach two one-quarter undergraduate courses each year: a seminar and a lecture course. They will also help organize and run the SHC visiting lecturer series. Applicants must complete all the requirements for the Ph.D. before September 1, 2012 or have received their degree within the last five years.
The annual stipend is $46,000, plus $3,100 per year to fund research and conference travel. In order to ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 15, 2012.

Applicants should send the following materials in electronic form only, in PDF format by email attachment to, with the subject heading of "Postdoc Application":

1) a cover letter that briefly situates your work in relation to the field and identifies the proposed departmental affiliation (please provide complete contact information);
2) a full curriculum vitae;
3) a two-page summary of your dissertation;
4) a two-page research plan for the fellowship period (this may include, but should extend beyond, revisions to the dissertation);
5) titles and short descriptions of at least two undergraduate courses that you could teach;
6) a writing sample consisting of either a dissertation chapter or article (in English, maximum 50 pages); and
7) a graduate school transcript from your doctoral-degree-granting institution.

In addition, please arrange for three letters of recommendation, on institutional letterhead, to be sent either as email attachments (subject
heading: "Postdoc application letter of reference"), or by mail to Science in Human Culture Program, 20 University Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-2245. One letter should be from the dissertation Chair, and at least one should comment on teaching qualifications. If the Ph.D. has not yet been obtained, the letter from the Chair should indicate what remains to be completed and should discuss the completion schedule.

Applicants will be informed by email when their applications are complete.
Administrative questions should be addressed to Natasha Dennison at Substantive questions may be addressed to Steven Epstein, program director, at

AA/EOE: Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.

Visit our website:

Job announcent: Gender, Bodies & Technology, Virginia Tech

Advanced Assistant Professor in Gender, Bodies, & Technology, Virginia Tech

Review of applications begins October 14, 2011

The Women's and Gender Studies Program (an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Sociology) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position, beginning August 2012. We seek an Assistant Professor at an advanced level with an emphasis in Gender, Bodies & Technology. The candidate will help build this unique initiative and increase the visibility of the nexus of interdisciplinary expertise for which WGS at Virginia Tech is nationally known. Courses to teach include gender and science, gender and biology, and others. Specific areas of research are open, but we look for a scholar and teacher who uses feminist approaches to embodiment and technology; an expertise in sexuality is a plus. The candidate must have a strong record of scholarship and teaching excellence, and an interest in administering programs. A Ph.D. in Women's and Gender Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, or another interdisciplinary degree is required and must be in hand at the time of appointment. The Department of Sociology offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and includes the Women's and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and American Indian Studies programs, each of which offer their own minors, degree options, and graduate-degree emphases. We also have two departmental centers, the Center for Race and Public Policy and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention. A Research I university located in the mountains of Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Tech is the largest state-supported university in Virginia. Blacksburg was voted by Outside Magazine as one of the ten best places to live in the United States. Please complete an online application at Please upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests (use research statement field) and sample of written work (use other doc field). Have three letters of recommendation sent (they cannot be uploaded) to Women's and Gender Studies Search Committee, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech, 560 McBryde Hall (0137), Blacksburg VA 24061. Any additional material that cannot be submitted online should also be sent to the same address. Review of materials will begin on October 14, and the position will remain open until filled. If you have questions about this position contact Professor Katrina Powell, Director of the WGS Program, Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Encourages applications from women, people of color, veterans, and people with disabilities. and

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SAHMS Call for Papers

Call for Papers
SAHMS Fourteenth Annual Meeting
March 2-3, 2012, Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, Georgia
DEADLINE:  October 15, 2011

The Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS) invites paper proposals for its fourteenth annual meeting on March 2-3, 2012, at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

SAHMS welcomes papers on the history of medicine and science, broadly construed to encompass historical, literary, anthropological, philosophical and sociological approaches to health care and science including race, disabilities and gender studies. Participants may propose individual papers of panels of several papers on a particular theme.

Each presenter is limited to 20 minutes, with additional time for questions and discussion. Please do not submit papers that have already been published, presented or scheduled for presentation at another meeting. All participants are responsible for their own travel expenses and must pay registration costs in advance of the meeting.
NOTICE TO STUDENTS:  Student travel awards are available each year; for more information and to submit applications, contact SAHMS President Michael Flannery at flannery@uab.eduClick here for Student Travel Award Guidelines.  All applicants must submit paper proposals; the deadline for both is October 15.
To submit proposals, please visit the online submission site at:

Required elements for the online proposals include Title, Purpose Statement, Rationale and Significance, Methodology, Sources, Findings & Conclusions, and Three Learning Objectives.  For questions or problems with the submission site, contact Dr. Lisa Pruitt (, Program Committee Chair.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Postdoctoral Position in Paris

One two-year postdoctoral position is available with the History of
Social Science Group (H2S) at École normale supérieure de Cachan,
France, starting October/December 2011.

We are currently looking to hire one postdoctoral fellow for a newly
funded grant from the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR) to study
cross-disciplinary research ventures in postwar American social science.

* Requirements

Candidates should have completed their doctoral degree (within the
past two years) in a relevant discipline or field, such as history of
economics, history of science, history of social science, American
Studies, U.S. history, American Civilization, higher education,
sociology of science, and should have interest or expertise in
cross-disciplinary research ventures in social science after WWII.

* Start date


* Stipend (net)

2120 euros (monthly) plus research money for archival work and
conference participation.

* Application Instructions

Please send an email describing briefly background, previous training
and interests along with a CV and contact information for two
references. Journal publications or other samples of scholarly writing
may also be included. Please send application materials to Philippe
Fontaine at «».

* Deadline to Apply


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Diversity Fellowships at Cornell University

Cornell University Doctoral/Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowships
The College of Arts and Sciences of Cornell University is pleased to announce the establishment of doctoral/postdoctoral diversity fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
The fellowships are funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Cornell diversity fellowships are designed to support the early development of scholars who show promise of distinguished research careers. Eligible applicants might be from underrepresented groups, have faced economic hardship, be first-generation college graduates, or work on topics related to these areas. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Each application should include a brief statement of the grounds of eligibility in the cover letter.
The fellowships come in two forms. Applicants who expect to complete their Ph.D.'s in 2012-13 are eligible for three-year fellowships consisting of a doctoral completion year followed by two postdoctoral years. Those who expect to complete their degrees in 2011-12 may apply for two-year postdoctoral fellowships. There is no teaching associated with the doctoral completion fellowship year. Postdoctoral fellows teach one course per year.
All fellows will also attend a weekly research seminar, in which they will be joined by an annually changing group of Cornell faculty who have similar scholarly interests.
A fellowship will be awarded only if the home department believes the applicant would make a very strong candidate for a tenure-track position that the department expects to have open in the next two-to-three years.
Cornell is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

RWJF Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program is pleased to announce a call for postdoctoral fellowship applications.

In the 2012 - 2014 cohort, the Program will enable up to 9 outstanding young social scientists to spend two years in residence at one of three nationally prominent universities:  Harvard University; the University of California, Berkeley (in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco); or the University of Michigan.

However, please do not be misled by the Program’s name.  It is not intended only or primarily for individuals who have done work in health.  Rather, preference is given to applicants who have not previously worked in health-related research, and past fellows have come from diverse backgrounds within the three core disciplines of economics, political science, and sociology.  The Program may be especially beneficial for tenure-track junior faculty members for whom a two-year fellowship experience would enrich and facilitate their research and scholarly work.

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 12, 2011 (5 PM EDT).  Additional details about the Program are available on our web site: