Harvey Mudd College Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellowship in Science and Technology Studies

Harvey Mudd College

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: March 10, 2015

Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, California) is looking for an early career scholar in Science and Technology Studies, who works in the area of “techno-science and expert cultures.” We invite scholars whose work draws on anthropology, communication, history, media studies, philosophy, cultural geography, or sociology to bring an empirical and critical perspective to this theme. Anticipated start date is July, 2015.

Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective institution that offers majors in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. This position, funded by the Hixon Riggs Program for Responsive Science and Engineering, is housed in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts – an interdisciplinary department supporting the college’s liberal arts program. HMC’s membership in the Claremont Colleges consortium allows significant opportunities for collaboration with colleagues at the other Claremont Colleges and the Claremont Graduate University, especially in the Intercollegiate STS Program. Situated approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Claremont offers easy access to LA’s cultural scene.

This 1 to 2-year early-career fellowship balances teaching and research. The fellow will teach one undergraduate course per semester. In addition, he or she will direct a faculty reading group on the theme of expert cultures in the first year, and organize and host a workshop or conference on the same topic in the second year. We expect him or her to act as a catalyst, furthering conversations among faculty and students. In addition to pursuing his or her own research in the area, the scholar will work closely with the Hixon program director and other faculty at the college. Harvey Mudd College offers a competitive salary and benefits, some support for travel and research, and mentoring opportunities. Second-year renewal is contingent upon successful performance in the first year.

Qualifications include a strong academic record in STS. The ideal candidate may be trained in any number of disciplines, but should have a solid social scientific or humanistic methodological, analytical, and theoretical foundation, be interested in questions related to science, technology, society and culture, and ready to work in a highly interdisciplinary and academically challenging environment.

Applicants are expected to have completed the requirements for a PhD, including submission of their dissertation, prior to joining Harvey Mudd College.  Please send a letter of application, CV, a short research statement, a brief writing sample, a teaching portfolio including testimony of effective teaching, two sample syllabi for proposed courses, and a statement of teaching philosophy to: Hixon Search, Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, Harvey Mudd College, 301 Platt Bvd., Claremont CA 91711. Please also arrange for the submission of three letters of recommendation. The letter of application should address the candidate’s commitment to effectively teaching students from diverse backgrounds and promoting a diverse academic environment. Harvey Mudd College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to the recruitment of candidates historically underrepresented on college faculties. Further questions may be addressed to Marianne de Laet, delaet@g.hmc.edu, Hixon director and chair of the search committee. The selection process begins March 10, 2015 and continues until the position is filled.

Posted: February 23, 2015