[CITASA] Postdoc position

Shelia Cotten cotten at msu.edu
Wed Jun 4 13:44:28 EDT 2014

Hi everyone. Please forward to others who may be interested. I will begin reviewing applications next week.





Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Impacts of Technology at Michigan State University

Posting #8030 (position title says Research Associate)


Dr. Shelia Cotten, a professor in the Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media (TISM) department at Michigan State University (MSU), is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow for a 1 year position. The position is available beginning as soon as July 1, 2014. The postdoc will work with Dr. Cotten to analyze data from existing research projects and to collect survey, interview, and observational data on upcoming research projects. Projects focus on technology usage across the life course and the social impacts of this usage, thus experience studying either specific age groups, and/or the impacts of technology use, would be preferable but is not required. Dr. Cotten studies the intersections of technology use and health. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she has also collected data on one of the largest One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptop disseminations in the United States. She, with funding from a large National Institute on Aging grant, has conducted a randomized trial to determine the impacts on quality of life of training older adults in assisted and independent living communities to use computers and the Internet. Her current NSF-funded project, Integrating Computing Across the Curriculum (ICAC), a large school system intervention, focuses on outcomes of computer technology and computer technology training programs for students and teachers.

Applicants must have defended their dissertation prior to beginning the postdoctoral fellowship. A doctoral degree in Sociology, Psychology, Communication, New Media, Information Science or a related field is required. Candidates must have (1) strong quantitative analysis skills, (2) experience writing manuscripts, and (3) good organizational and time management skills. Prior publications and grant writing experience will enhance the application.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is a 12 month, full-time appointment, with salary up to $45,000 depending upon qualifications. Benefits are also provided. See http://grad.msu.edu/pdo/ and http://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/ for more information on postdoctoral training and benefits at MSU. 

Materials should be submitted via the MSU online system:

-        Cover letter describing training, skills, research interests and how they fit with those described in the position advertisement, and why you're interested in this position.

-        Names and contact information for three references

-        An up-to-date curriculum vitae

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.


The TISM department is home to a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty internationally renowned for their cutting-edge research on the uses and implications of information and communication technologies. Our curricula address both the theoretical and practical aspects of media use and production, and our alumni have achieved positions of prominence in academia, industry, and government. Projects involving cross-disciplinary teams are actively pursued and encouraged. Current research foci of the department include social and interactive media, human computer interaction, games and meaningful play, ICT for development (ICT4D), health and technology, TV, cinema, and radio, and communication economics and policy. Our faculty also engage in creative scholarship, designing traditional and interactive media experiences and socio-technical systems.


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. 






Shelia R. Cotten


Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media (TISM)

Michigan State University

409 Comm Arts

404 Wilson Road

East Lansing, Michigan 48824


cotten at msu.edu


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