Assistant Professor in the Sociocultural Context of Science and Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: October 31, 2014

The Science, Technology, and Society Department of the Rochester Institute of Technology seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in the sociocultural context of science and technology for a position to begin during the 2015-2016 academic year.  Candidates with expertise in any STS subfield are welcomed to apply.  Candidates should also demonstrate the potential to contribute to an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, for which planning is currently underway.

Teaching responsibilities include introductory and upper-division courses in STS, contingent on area of expertise and department needs (5 courses/year).  Candidates should demonstrate commitment to effective teaching, innovative research and publication, interdisciplinary collaboration, and ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and diversity commitment.

Department Description:


The College of Liberal Arts is one of nine colleges within Rochester Institute of Technology. The College has over 150 faculty in 12 departments in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The College currently offers twelve undergraduate degree programs and five Master degrees, serving over 800 students. Undergraduate degrees include Advertising and Public Relations; Criminal Justice; Economics; International Studies; Journalism; Museum Studies, Professional and Technical Communication; Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy; and Urban and Community Studies. The graduate degrees are in Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology (Experimental Psychology); Communication and Media Technologies; School Psychology; Criminal Justice; and Science, Technology, and Public Policy.

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) is the interdisciplinary field that studies science and technology in their social content and context.  It is motivated by the belief that understanding science and technology, past and present, is both socially important and intellectually challenging.  The courses offered by the STS Department offer students opportunities to combine science and technology studies with environmental studies, to place science and technology into historical perspective, and to focus on the challenges of new science and technology policy (

THE UNIVERSITY AND ROCHESTER COMMUNITY: RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.

Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 79th largest city in the United States and the third largest metropolitan area in New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to over one million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 16% African and Latin Americans and another 7% of international origin. It is also home to the largest deaf community per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 3rd among the best metropolitan regions for “raising a family” by Forbes Magazine; 6th among 379 metropolitan areas as “Best Places to Live in America” by Places Rated Almanac; 1st in Expansion Management Magazine’s ranking of metropolitan areas having the best “quality of life in the nation”; and is among Essence Magazine’s “Top 10 Cities for Black Families.”


Job Requirements:

•Ph.D. in humanities or social sciences by date of appointment

• STS expertise

• Ability to teach within the existing STS Department curriculum and to create new courses for the department

• Potential to contribute to the proposed undergraduate Environmental Studies degree

• Potential for innovative research and publication

• Potential for interdisciplinary collaboration

• Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual difference.


Minimum Education Qualfications:



How to Apply:

Apply online at

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Please submit: your curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and the following attachments:

• A brief teaching philosophy

• The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references

• Contribution to Diversity Statement

• A writing sample

You can contact the search committee with questions on the position at: Dr. C. Keiner, Associate Professor, RIT STS Department,

Deadline for applications is October 31, 2014.


Posted: August 22, 2014