Thursday, August 21, 2014

Employment Opportunity: UC Santa Barbara

The Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Media and the Environment. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2015. 

We are a department with a broad research agenda that includes multiple scholarly approaches to film and media and a dynamic understanding of what consitutes objects of film and media study. With this appointment we intend to expand the department’s research and curricular strengths, international scope, and interdisciplinary interests. 

We are seeking a humanities scholar whose scholarship connects the historical and theoretical scope of our field to a broader spatial and environmental consciousness informed by science and technology studies. Our ideal candidate is a media researcher interested in the various ways that media and the environment influence, structure, and inhabit one another. Areas of specialization might include: environmentally-themed media; media ecologies; social movements and media advocacy; resource use and waste economies; green media; media-rich practices of scientific investigation; biopower and geopolitics.

The dossier of the successful candidate will show a strong commitment to teaching as well as an outstanding record of research activity. S/he will be expected to teach in the core areas of our undergraduate and graduate programs and develop innovative courses on media and the environment integrated within a liberal arts curriculum. A PhD is expected by the time of appointment. The department is especially interested in individuals who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The department serves over 400 undergraduate majors and 30 doctoral students. Our facilities include the state-of-the-art Pollock Theater housed within the Carsey-Wolf Center which supports research, teaching, and public programming about all forms of media, including the Environmental Media Initiative and its Blue Horizons and GreenScreen course clusters. Our university is also home to the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, the pioneering Environmental Studies Program, and the English Department’s Center for Literature and Environment among other concentrated areas of environmental research. An interdisciplinary doctoral emphasis in Environment and Society has just been approved on our campus. 

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSB Academic Recruit online system, and must include 
1) a letter of application outlining current and future research plans;
2) curriculum vitae; 
3) one writing sample; 
4) at least three confidential letters of recommendation. 

To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received on or before October 31, 2014. For any questions, please contact Kathy Murray at

“The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities." 

MAXI Orders

Please remember that sending me your copying orders for MAXI saves the department money and you time. It’s so much easier to have your copies put in your mailbox than to stand in front of the copy machine hoping it doesn’t jam. Information I will need to place your order should include:

  • How many you need
  •  Couse number
  •  Any special directions

Please note that your order should be an email attachment, preferably a pdf.  I will save any word or other doc as a pdf to upload to the MAXI sight, and will not check to make sure the change didn't mess up your formatting. Therefore, it’s easier for you to do the pdf and check it before sending it to me. It makes it easier if the file name follows these conventions:

  • Your name
  •  The course number (P155, C334, etc.)
  • The class number if you are ordering the same thing for multiple sections and if differentiating them matters (for example, Teige_C122_12672 AND Teige_C122_12674)
  • What it is (Syllabus, Guidelines, Policy, Quiz #2, Midterm, Final, etc.)

 I’d appreciate it if you use these conventions, but I’ll place your order even if you don’t. J

Unless you specify otherwise, my order defaults are:

  •   Double-sided
  •  Plain white paper – standard size
  • Black ink only
  •  Collated (ppg. 1,2,3 order rather than ppg. 1,1,1,2,2,2,3,3,3)
  •  One staple in the upper left side

We typically don’t do colored ink, as it is a lot more expensive. However, some colored paper (pastels) are okay.

Generally it takes less than 24 hours to get a MAXI order, but they rarely guarantee shorter than that. Timing rules of thumb are:
  •  Orders sent before noon on M-Th will be here the next day, usually in the morning
  •  Orders sent between noon and 3:30 will usually be here by the following afternoon
  • Orders sent after 3:30 will not be placed until the next morning
  • Orders sent to me over the weekend will not be placed until Monday morning
  • Orders place on Friday after noon may not get here ‘til Tuesday morning
Please note that most of the time orders will arrive sooner than all this, but I can’t guarantee it. 

Unless you specify otherwise, my order defaults are:

  • Double-sided
  • Plain white paper – standard size
  •  Black ink only
  • Collated
  • One staple in the upper left side
We typically don’t do colored ink, as it is a lot more expensive. However, some colored paper (pastels) are okay.

Please feel free to ask any questions!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Full and/or Part Time Positions in the Association of College Unions

IU-affiliated Association of College Unions International seeks customer service superheroes for a range of full-time and part-time positions. No wimps or whiners need apply. We want self-motivated, flexible, empathetic grown-ups with keen communication skills, an affinity for schedules and orderliness, and proven success in building relationships. To work with us, you need to have a reputation for quality work, a commitment to improvement, and a high proficiency for learning new technology. You must be able to ask the right questions, understand the big picture, and then get to work. Openings are in the areas of office operations, data management, sales, and accounting. 

To apply, send your resume, cover letter, and 3 references by Aug. 29. 

For full job description, see

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Data & Society Research Institute is looking for a few good Research Assistants!

Data & Society is an NYC-based think/do tank focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological development. For more information, visit

Data & Society is spearheaded by Danah Boyd and includes an amazing cast of fellows, researchers, and advisors. RAs will work with all of the above, moving between projects as appropriate, depending on skill sets and needs.

A successful candidate will be a self-starter who is passionate and knowledgeable about the social and cultural implications of technology. Strong skills in writing, organization, and academic research are essential, as are time-management and multi-tasking. Minimal qualifications are a BA or equivalent degree in a legal, humanities, social science, or related discipline and some familiarity with the study of technology and society.  Successful candidates will most likely have prior experience doing RA type work.

  • Job responsibilities will include:
  • Sourcing and curating relevant literature and research materials
  • Producing literature reviews and/or annotated bibliographies
  • Editing manuscripts
  • Assisting with research project, meeting, and event organization
  • Providing background briefs on policies, issues, and stakeholders
  • Coordinating researchers and synthesizing their work
  • Conduct and or assist with some original research

The RA will also get to collaborate on ongoing research, work with external thought leaders, attend events hosted by Data & Society, and help produce influential materials that shape public thinking.  Depending on the specific RA project, some RAs will have the opportunity to co-author publications.  Quite often, RAs are expected to translate academic material into public-facing documents.

While we are predominantly looking for full-time (40 hours per week) RAs, we are open to part-time RAs (20-30 hours per week) as well.  RAs will work on site in New York, NY. Residency is a requirement, and candidates must have the ability to work legally in the United States. This is a one-year position, paid hourly, with flexible daytime hours. Health insurance is available for those who work at least 30 hours per week. We will be hiring on a rolling basis.

Current projects that require research assistants focus on:

  • Data, discrimination, and civil rights
  • Future of labor and work
  • Technology's role in human rights
  • Socio-technical education policy
  • Ethical “big data” research practices
This position is ideal for junior scholars who will be applying to Master's or PhD programs in Communication, Media Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Information Studies, and related fields and who want to develop and hone their research skills before entering a graduate program. Current New York-based MA/PhD students are welcome to apply provided they are able to commit to 20-40 hours of on-site work per week. 

 RAs are given a lot of freedom, responsibility, and discretion to fulfill the work. Candidates must be comfortable taking initial direction, asking questions, managing time, and pursuing the work with limited supervision.  The work often requires RAs to pivot quickly as the project mandate shifts. This position will help RAs hone skills necessary to a successful scholarly career, but it will not work for someone seeking daily mentorship.

To apply, please send an email to danah boyd at with the subject “RA Application” and include the following attachments:

  • One-page, single-spaced personal statement, including a description of research experience, interests, and professional goals
  • CV or resume
  • Writing sample (preferably a literature review or a scholarly-styled article)
  • Links to online presence (e.g., blog, homepage, Twitter, journalistic endeavors, etc.)
  • The names and email addresses of two recommenders
  • A cover letter that includes citizenship/legal residency status, number of hours available to work per week, current city of residence, available start date, current student status, and any other practical consideration that may be important for us to know
We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to do so until we find appropriate candidates.

Feel free to contact us should you have any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application.

The work and well-being of the Data & Society Research Institute is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities.