[interdisciplinarity :: handbook]

A nice thought piece from Neil Baldwin about a brilliant new publication:

The jacket photo of The Oxford Handbook is a huge, luminous floating computerized portrait of our earth, the globe, at the time of Pangaea. Its cautionary symbolism forced me to step back and take the large — and long — view, a healthy perspective for any self-respecting, introspectively-honest professor.  Many pixels have been expended on the paradoxical mixture of emotions that swirl through the mind of an intellectual designated, for orderly reasons, to a certain department in a certain building on a certain campus — the most poignant of which is the feeling one gets from time to time that knowledge is ideally the property of no-one and the province of  everyone.

Nature is interdisciplinary and thus it follows that the mind predicated upon the phenomenal world will not always follow a proscribed path.

One of the redeeming attributes of the new Oxford Handbook is that it recognizes this fact of life. Julie Thompson Klein and Richard Parncutt question the received notion of privileged works as the sole signposts in art history; Carole Palmer reminds us that information originates by being scattered; Paul Thagard points to the inherently collaborative nature of cognitive science; Veronica Boix-Mansilla asserts that interdisciplinary learning is the most pragmatic of all epistomologies; J. Britt Holbrook questions the integrity of the definition of “peer” as a way to dissect peer-review; Clark A. Miller endorses the velocity of proliferation of centers and institutes as a salutary fragmentation of disciplines; Bill Newell stresses the importance of continuing to infuse undergraduate general education curricula with interdisciplinary courses that respect the unique brains of  “net-gen” freshmen; Stephanie Pfirman and Paula J.S. Martin show how collegiality and interdisciplinarity go hand in hand.

These are just some selections from a seminal and inspirational volume that should be required reading for all of us — in higher education and beyond – who see college and university cultures as permeable membranes, letting in diverse molecules of knowledge from the wider, ever-changing world…and thereby releasing multi-perspectived young citizens outward to that world.

Note: Image of book jacket from Oxford University Press.


[post-doc opportunities :: canada]

Application deadline November 15th, 2010

The Government of Canada Awards (GCA) are based on reciprocal agreements between Canada and Foreign governments and are designed to provide research opportunities to promising recent doctoral graduates in the form of Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships (PDRF) to non-Canadian researchers tenable at recognized public Canadian universities and affiliated research institutes.

The Government of Canada’s objective in establishing the Canadian Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships (PDRF) is to attract recent Ph.D. graduates to do research in Canada. The Government wishes to support research that clearly advances the scholar's own career and that is useful to Canada or to the research team within which the scholar proposes to work.

Applicants must:

    • be citizens of one of the following countries: Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russia and Switzerland. Applicants who have obtained Canadian citizenship or applied for permanent residency in Canada are ineligible;
    • have completed a Ph.D. degree within the last three (3) years or have completed the Ph.D. degree requirements before taking up the award (evidence of submission of dissertation for defence provided by the responsible department head); and
    • be accepted into a post-doctoral position at a recognized public Canadian university or affiliated research institute of their choice.
Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously studied in Canada under a Canadian government scholarship.

From http://www.scholarships.gc.ca/PDRFNonCdn-BRPDEtr-Eng.aspx


[new media scholars: michigan state uni]

Two Faculty Positions

AT&T Scholars

Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media

Michigan State University

The Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media (TISM) at Michigan State University invites applications for two tenure stream faculty positions, each carrying the title of AT&T scholar. These positions are supported in part by an endowment from the AT&T Foundation. Each position may be filled at either the assistant or associate professor level.

Successful candidates are expected to gain recognition through peer reviewed scholarly publications and to pursue external funding to support their research. Applications are encouraged from scholars working within a diverse range of disciplinary and methodological traditions whose research addresses the impact, use, design, or management of information and communication technologies. A PhD in a relevant discipline is required.

The TISM department is home to a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty internationally renowned for their cutting-edge research on the uses and implications of information and communication technologies and other media. Our curricula address both the theoretical and practical aspects of media use, and our alumni have achieved positions of prominence in industry, government, and academia. Projects involving cross-disciplinary teams are actively pursued and encouraged. Current research foci of the department include social media, serious games, ICT for development, ecommerce, economics and policy for the communications sector, and content for new media platforms. The department also houses programs in film, documentary and media design.

Direct questions and applications via email with the subject heading "AT&T Scholar" to Professor Steve Wildman, Search Committee Chair, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, Communication Arts Building, East Lansing, MI 48824-1212; phone: (517) 432-8004; email: swildman@msu.edu.

Applicants should submit electronically: (1) a cover letter summarizing their qualifications for the position, (2) a current vita, (3) 3-5 representative scholarly works (4) evidence of effective teaching and (5) the names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as recommenders, who may be contacted by the search committee. The search committee will begin considering applications on December 1, 2010.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


[tenure track communication: east carolina uni]

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Technical and Professional Communication
East Carolina University, Department of English

The Department of English at East Carolina University is seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level, specializing in technical and professional communication, to begin August 15, 2011.

Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of contemporary scholarship and a well-defined research agenda in professional communication. The successful candidate will be expected to support and contribute to teaching and innovative curriculum development in graduate and undergraduate programs in technical and professional communication (online and face-to-face environments), as well as a doctoral program in technical and professional discourse. Appropriate service to the university, community, and profession is expected.

A Ph.D. by August 2011 is required. Will consider other titles based on degree and qualifications.

Candidates for this position must complete a candidate profile online (http://ecu.peopleadmin.com) and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one-page statements of teaching philosophy and research agenda, and writing sample online.

In addition, arrange for three current reference letters to be sent to:

Jeffrey Johnson, Chair, Department of English
Mail Stop 555, Bate Building 2201
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353.

Screening begins November 15, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. Official transcript required upon employment. East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University that accommodates individuals with disabilities.


[sylvan lake]

A lovely autumn day spent at Sylvan Lake, about an hour south of Edmonton.

Our new little family. Noah is 7 weeks old!


[tenure track communication: georgetown uni]

Georgetown University
Language, Technology and Politics

The Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) M.A. program at Georgetown University focuses on the relationship between new computational technologies of communication and areas such as science, scholarship, culture, government, media, business, journalism and the arts. The program seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor working on the relationship between language and technologies of communication and associated political issues. Candidates whose research emphasizes technology, internet linguistics, language and politics, intercultural communication, or language and sex/gender, race, class or national identity will be given priority. They should be current in the history, theory, and
 methodologies of their field.

Applicants who demonstrate classroom experience using new media/digital teaching approaches, such as student-developed Web sites, blogs, digital stories, documentary film, and digital portfolios, are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have scholarly publications and teaching experience at the graduate level (or comparable), and be prepared to advise and to mentor M.A. thesis projects. Faculty are expected to contribute broadly to the interdisciplinary research and teaching of the program. Outstanding candidates may be considered for appointment at a higher rank. Georgetown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates as part of its commitment to professional excellence and diversity.

Send application letter/statement of interest, c.v., and the names of three referees to cctjobs@georgetown.edu by 1 November 2010, citing LTPjob.

Note: Image from Georgetown Uni.


[drive through]

Silly me...I thought drive through banking was to, ummm, drive through: