[CITASA] Big Data and Health Job Opening

Shelia Cotten cotten at msu.edu
Wed Sep 17 19:39:45 EDT 2014

Hi everyone. My department is hiring. Please distribute the ad to those who may find it relevant. We have a great department!


Job Opening: Tenure-System Position in 
Big Data and Health

News Date: 
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Big Data and Health
Department of Media and Information
Michigan State University

The Department of Media and Information (MI) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure system faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of big data with a strong interest in health, health IT, e-health, and/or m-health. We seek a scholar conducting cutting-edge social and/or technical research utilizing big data approaches—including theory-building, analytics, applications, and effects. Additional potential areas of research interest might include: mobile communications, social media, pervasive computing, predictive analytics, collective intelligence, human computation, computational social science, and network analysis. Teaching duties will include graduate and undergraduate courses on topics such as big data analytics, health IT, social network analysis, social computing, collective intelligence, human-computer interaction, and other topics related to information and communications technologies (ICTs).

The successful candidate will participate in the Trifecta, an interdisciplinary joint initiative by the Colleges of Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Nursing with the overarching goal of using technology to improve health outcomes and health care organization and delivery. Candidates should be able to demonstrate their potential to obtain external funding to support their scholarship and to publish peer-reviewed works in respected research outlets. Candidates are expected to be excellent teachers and mentors to graduate students. We encourage individuals from a diverse range of disciplinary and methodological traditions to apply. A PhD in a relevant discipline, such as Informatics, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Applied Statistics, Management of Information Systems, Communication, Sociology, Economics, or other social or technical sciences with emphases on big data, should be completed prior to the start of the appointment, expected to be August 16, 2015.

The MI department is a member of the iSchools consortium, and home to a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty internationally renowned for their cutting-edge research on the uses and implications of ICTs. The doctoral program in Media and Information Studies, offered jointly by MI along with the Departments of Journalism and Advertising & Public Relations, was recently ranked #3 among Media Ph.D. programs in the U.S. by the National Research Council. Our curricula address both the theoretical and practical aspects of ICT and 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 media, human computer interaction, digital games and meaningful play, ICT for development (ICT4D), health and technology, commerce, and communication economics and policy. Our faculty also engages in creative scholarship, design traditional and interactive media experiences, and develop sociotechnical systems.

To apply, please visit the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website (https://jobs.msu.edu), refer to Posting #0098, and complete an electronic submission. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically: (1) a cover letter indicating the position you are interested in and summarizing your qualifications for it, (2) a current vita, (3) if appropriate, the URL to an existing individual or collaborative website that conveys your current scholarship, and (4) the names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as your recommenders to the search committee. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Steve Wildman, Search Committee Chair, Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, at swildman at msu.edu.

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.
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