Job DescriptionJOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) (http://ist.psu.edu) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an Open-Rank, Tenure-Line Faculty position in Human-Centered Interaction (HCI) beginning in Fall 2023.
For this search, we seek exceptional candidates with high-quality research and publications to strengthen and complement our current research programs. We particularly seek scholars who transformatively enhance objectives and approaches to social justice through the design of digital tools and infrastructures. We are interested in actionable approaches that strengthen social justice processes and outcomes through design research, and show how social justice processes and outcomes can expand from remediation of past and present social injustice to an inclusive and equitable re-envisioning of human possibilities. Specific design approaches may include but are not limited to VR/AR/XR, visualization, tangible interface, fabrication, human-AI interaction, assistive technology, sustainable computing technology, and sociotechnical system design. Specific examples are the design of digital tools and infrastructures to support greater dignity in work activity, that show how the enhancement of human dignity can be a design outcome, or how design can help move society from social economies of self-sufficiency, dyadic reciprocity, and autonomy to social economies of co-production, generalized reciprocity, and generalized responsibility. Candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses including residential, online, or hybrid courses.
Competitive applicants for the rank of Assistant Professor will possess a Ph.D. in information sciences and technology or related fields before beginning employment at Penn State, a strong potential for developing an externally funded, collaborative, interdisciplinary research program, and the potential to contribute to the college’s teaching mission.
Candidates seeking the rank of Associate Professor should have the same qualifications as the assistant professor, as well as a strong track record of scholarly achievement, external funding, and demonstrated success in teaching and service.
Candidates for Full Professor should have the same qualifications as the associate professor, as well as a track record of research publications, funding, teaching, and service that distinguishes them, nationally or internationally, as leaders in HCI broadly defined.
The College of Information Sciences and Technology is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The college is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college as well as aligning with the mission of the College of IST in a separate statement.
Applicants must include with their application the following materials, it is recommended to upload one document with all materials enclosed:
Cover letter detailing qualifications for the position
3–5-page research statement outlining future research plans
One-page teaching statement
Statement regarding engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college and align with the mission of the College.
Applicants for the Assistant Professor position should arrange for at least three references to be sent via email to [email protected]
Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position should provide contact information (name, affiliation, email address) for at least four references. Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position will be notified before letters are solicited from their references.
Inquiries about the position may be directed to [email protected]
Review of applications begins November 28, 2022, will continue until positions are filled.
Candidates will join a dynamic faculty, contributing to the research, teaching, and service missions of our College and University. Our College is growing, and currently offers six undergraduate, two masters and one doctoral degree. Beyond the college, faculty enjoy the vibrant research atmosphere of a large university. Penn State offers access to an outstanding collaborative environment, world-class research infrastructure, as well as highly competitive salaries and startup packages. With nearly $1 billion in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 20 U.S. research universities, and is one of only two institutions in the nation accorded land grant, sea grant, sun grant, and space grant status. This affords faculty the opportunity to work with a wide range of Penn State centers and programs, including the Center for Socially Responsible AI, the Social Science Research Institute, the Rock Ethics Institute, Institute for Information Policy, the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, and the Center for HCI, among many others.
The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State’s 24 campuses, with approximately 46,000 undergraduates and more than 150 graduate programs. Penn State offers access to an outstanding collaborative environment, world-class research infrastructure, as well as highly competitive salaries and startup packages. The surrounding community of State College is a quintessential university town well known for its safe metropolitan area, exceptional quality of life including a low cost of living, a growing economy, a diverse offering of cultural and recreational opportunities, and excellent resources for families, including two on-campus childcare centers and well-regarded local school systems.