Job: RPI Professor/Department Head – Human­ Computer Interaction or New/Digital Media

Professor & Department Head, Communication & Media Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Professor and Department Head in the areas of Human­ Computer Interaction or New/Digital Media. The successful candidate would join an interdisciplinary faculty whose research broadly engages communication in technologically mediated environments and is situated within the fields of rhetoric, communication, media studies and design, game studies and design, literature, HCI, and anthropology. The Department offers B.S. programs in Communication; Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC), with the Department of the Arts; and Games and Simulations Arts and Sciences (GSAS), with the Department of the Arts and Department of Cognitive Science. The Department also offers M.S. degrees in Communication and Rhetoric, Human ­Computer Interaction, and Technical Communication and a Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric.

We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: human­ computer interaction; digital or new media theory; cultural impacts of new media; social media; media globalization; discourse studies. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree, a substantial record of high quality research and outstanding leadership and administrative skills. A record of securing external funding is preferred.

Teaching opportunities will be at the undergraduate and graduate level. Successful candidates will have an established, ongoing research program in an area of specialty and contribute to curriculum development within the department and interdisciplinary programs within the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the Institute.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological university. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students from across the country and around the world, the university offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Rensselaer is located in Troy, NY, the heart of the “Tech Valley” region of the Hudson River Valley. The university’s Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) offers scholars and students opportunities for creative interdisciplinary research in the arts, performance technologies, science, and engineering.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for five (5) professional references to:

Dean’s Office: School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Search: Dept. Head, Communication & Media
Attn: Kimberley Osburn
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sage 5304
110 8th Street Troy, NY 12180

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