Department Head and Professor, Science and Technology Studies Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Job Type: Academic Administration

Application Deadline: April 5, 2015

The Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations for the position of Department Head. The Department Head will hold a full-tim, tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Professor. The position may commence as early as August 16th, 2015, but shall remain open until filled.

The Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), located within the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer, is one of the oldest and most internationally recognized departments of its kind. The department offers graduated degrees in STS through the doctoral level and three undergraduate degrees: Science, Technology, and Society; Sustainability Studies; and Design, Innovation, and Society.

The Department Head provides leadership and long-term planning while directing the academic, operational, and budgetary activities of the department. The Department Head is expected to foster creative and deliberative processes among the department’s faculty to advance the vision and mission of this interdisciplinary department.

The successful candidate will have a strong record of scholarly achievement in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies emblematic of tenured senior professorial rank as well as outstanding leadership and administrative skills. The level of experience requires is that which is typically acquired over a 10-year progressively responsible tenure-track academic career. Candidates must possess clear commitment to advancing STS as an intellectually diverse and conceptually innovative field of inquiry. A terminal degree or foreign degree equivalent in a related field including, but not limited to science and technology studies, anthropology, history, history of science, political science, sociology, sustainability, or technology policy is required.

We welcome candidate who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic prospectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five (5) professional references electronically to:


Posted: August 06, 2014