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Postdoctoral Teaching Associate
Washington State University in Pullman, Washington
Date Posted 10/05/2020
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Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details

Employee Type Faculty
Title Postdoctoral Teaching Associate
Working Title Postdoctoral Teaching Associate
Position Number 132240
College/Area College of Arts and Sciences
Hiring Unit Digital Technology and Culture
Department Link


Work Location Pullman
Zip Code 99164
Summary of Duties

The Digital Technology and Culture program at Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative Fellowship, made possible by a generous grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) with funds provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The two year postdoctoral fellowship begins August 2021, with the intent to transition into a tenure-track faculty position upon the completion of the fellowship period. The ACLS Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative is designed to increase the diversity, broadly conceived, of faculty in the humanities and to support fellows within fields of the humanities for members of groups that have been historically underrepresented. WSU is a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage, its formal Memorandum of Understanding with Native American tribes in the region, and tradition of service to society. The College of Arts and Sciences and the Digital Technology and Culture program thus encourages applications from individuals who identify as members of traditionally underrepresented groups including, but not limited to Indigenous, Native American, First Nations, Black, African diaspora, and Latin(x) populations.

The Digital Technology and Culture program is an interdisciplinary program within the newly authorized School of Information in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) emphasizing humanistic understandings of technology, technological histories and futures, and publicly engaged research and creative production. Candidates should have a research focus and/or creative agenda in one or more of the following broadly interpreted areas: visual arts, critical design, data-driven storytelling, digital media arts, integrative media and design, data visualization, critical code studies and practice, archival sciences, artificial intelligence, or human-computer interaction with an emphasis on ethical, social and cultural considerations. We are especially interested in candidates using digital technologies, computational methods and creative practices that cross disciplines and that explicitly examine issues related to systemic racism in its many forms and modalities. The program values creative, collaborative, and publicly engaged scholarship that places an emphasis on explicitly anti-racist pedagogies, practices, and production in teaching, research, service, and scholarship that work to advance racial justice, reconciliation, and repair.

Additional Information

WSU is a land grant, multi-campus, state university. The Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow position will serve on the Pullman campus, located in Eastern Washington on the traditional homelands of the Nez Perce Tribe and Palus Band of Indians. The successful candidate will join a growing interdisciplinary program consisting of scholars, teachers, and practitioners of design, animation, critical digital literacy, digital media studies, web development, information ethics, critical game studies, and software studies. The formation of the new School of Information highlights the commitment of the CAS and the University to value, nurture, and expand interdisciplinary work and foster broad collaborations that break down silos and extend to meaningful partnerships with the multiple publics the university serves. The DTC program offers the B.A., as well as a graduate certificate in digital culture and humanities.

University Overview
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, Washington State University fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades-long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.

The College
The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic unit in the WSU system and a powerhouse of research, scholarly, and creative activity.
Comprised of social, natural, and physical sciences, humanities, mathematics, and the arts, the college’s foundational disciplines provide a strong framework for educational and research activities across the institution and fully support the University’s goal to advance knowledge through innovative scholarship and research.
The College is united by the spirit of inquiry, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, and strengthened by the college’s service to the community.

The City

Pullman is one of the biggest little cities you’ll ever visit. Full of cosmopolitan amenities and down-home charm, this eastern Washington gem nestled in the Palouse , is also home to the flagship campus for Washington State University. The city has repeatedly been recognized as one of Washington’s safest cities, one of America’s safest college towns, and one of the best college-town neighborhoods for adults. Whether you’re looking to go to school or relocating to the area, Pullman offers a diverse community committed to inclusion, sustainability, and a high quality of life. Pullman is a dynamic hub for higher education, research, and culture. Pullman is part of the Knowledge Corridor that connects WSU to the University of Idaho in Moscow eight miles to the east and Spokane , Washington’s second-largest city, 75 miles to the north. Just a short drive away excellent outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant as well including golfing, skiing, hiking, and boating.

Benefits Package
Competitive benefits available, more details at hrs.wsu.edu/benefits .

Anticipated Start Date
Tenure Track No
Full-Time/Part-Time Full Time
Appointment Status Temporary
Position Term in Months 9
Monthly Salary $6,666.67 (or $60,000 academic year)
Required Qualifications

1. MFA, MDe, MAD, MGraph, or Ph.D. in Information Sciences, Data Analytics, Data Science, Integrative Technologies, Informatics, Information Design, Digital Media, Media Arts, Interactive Media, Data Visualization, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Digital Humanities or related area by time of appointment;
2. Evidence of successful classroom and/or individual instruction;
3. Willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds;
4. Evidence of an emergent and productive research program or creative production appropriate to the position.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience working in a lab or collaborative production spaces or on collaborative projects and programs;
2. Commitment to retention of underrepresented students and student-success initiatives;
3. Experience with, or willingness to, teach online.

Background Check Yes

Type of Recruitment Open Recruitment
Posting Open Date 10/02/2020
Screening Begin Date
Posting Close Date 12/13/2020
Open Until Filled (overrides close field) No
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application:
1. A cover letter addressing: research/creative production, teaching qualifications, expected areas of focus during the Postdoctoral term, links to relevant portfolios or projects;
2. A statement addressing commitments to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist pedagogies, research and production;
3. Curriculum Vitae;
4. Names and contact information of three (3) professional references able to provide a letter addressing qualifications relative to this position (submit under References during the application process). References will not be contacted without first informing the candidate.

EEO Statement

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

Posting Number 20152728F

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