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Tenure track Assistant Professor in Art/Science Nexus, Arizona State University

Deadline: November 27 2017

Updated: October 13 2017

Job #12165

Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) in partnership with the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) seek an assistant professor (tenure track) scholar/practitioner who works at the art/science nexus.

We seek someone who thinks about futures, possible worlds, and the governance of innovation by combining artistic and technoscientific methods, transforming disciplinary practice and considering real-world impacts. We especially seek candidates with professional experience who accomplish these outcomes by inventing new technologies, genres of dialogue, narrative, performance and/or events – imagining futures and creating fresh techniques for imagining futures. Ideally, candidates will also be comfortable with some techniques of scientific or engineering research and be able to reflect critically, socio-culturally or artistically on those techniques. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independently funded and collaborative research program; teach and mentor students; participate in professional and university service; and engage stakeholders.

As part of his or her activities, the successful candidate – along with colleagues from SFIS, HIDA, and elsewhere – will be responsible for shaping and collaboratively mounting an annual, trans-genre event at ASU called “Emerge” (see: http://emerge.asu.edu). The relevant unit within HIDA will most likely be the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME), but candidates with backgrounds across the arts should feel free to apply.

Required: PhD or appropriate terminal degree (e.g. MFA) in an area of research-creation-curation. Experience in producing experimental performance, transmedia story-telling, experiential futures, design fiction or other relevant techniques, media arts, performances or events. Commitment to transforming artistic practice, scientific methods, innovation governance and/or futures thinking transdisciplinary collaborations. Evidence of ability to inspire and instruct students from diverse backgrounds. Ability to communicate in and across multiple disciplinary cultures.

Desired: Experience collaborating with colleagues from different disciplines to grow dynamic academic programs.

As the newest element of ASU’s approach to building a “New American University” (http://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu/), SFIS (http://sfis.asu.edu) provides robust opportunities for intellectual fusion, use-inspired research, and global engagement via ongoing projects and centers. SFIS hosts a variety of graduate degrees including a Ph.D. in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology and a Master of Science degree in Global Technology and Development, as well as an undergraduate major, minor and certificate in Innovation in Society.

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/) is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, located within a dynamic 21st-century research university. Our college is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation, comprising schools of art; arts, media + engineering; design; film, dance and theatre; and music; as well as the ASU Art Museum.

To apply, please submit: 1) a detailed cover letter that includes a description of the applicant's research and teaching interests and experience (limited to 4 pages); 2) a current Curriculum Vitae; and 3) the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references. All materials should be submitted as a single PDF document to sfis@asu.edu. Review of applications will begin November 27, 2017 if not filled, a review will occur every Friday thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to excellence through diversity (see ASU’s Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation policy at http://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html). All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law (see ASU’s Title IX policy at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/). Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.