[fellowship opportunity at warwick]

Research Fellow
University of Warwick - Department of Film and Television Studies
£27,319 - £35,646 pa

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a major new project funded by the AHRC. You will assist the project investigators (Dr Rachel Moseley, Dr Helen Wheatley, (University of Warwick) Dr Helen Wood (De Montfort University) in the successful execution of the project, undertaking original research to explore television programming made for and watched by women viewers during this significant period. You will explore the production culture, policies and decision-making which have produced television programming for women in Britain in the specified period. You will also reconstruct and analyse the programming itself, contributing to a project that aims to establish and protect that programming available in the archives. Your research will address some of the gaps in existing histories of British television and will involve substantial time working in written and audio-visual archives in Britain. There is scope within this project for you to develop your own research themes within the bounds of the project.

You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant field, experience of conducting archival research and textual analysis of television programmes or similar, a developing profile of research publications, administrative experience or capabilities and a commitment to a feminist research agenda.

Fixed Term Contract for 36 months
Informal enquiries: Dr Helen Wheatley, Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick e-mail: Helen.Wheatley@warwick.ac.uk or tel: 024 7657 3871

Interview date: w/c 31 May 2010

Read more about the post here.

Note: Image from Wikimedia.

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[assistant prof: creative writing & english]

Be aware: the deadline is coming up - 15 May 2010

Dalhousie University

Location: Nova Scotia

The Department of English at Dalhousie University invites applications for a ten-month sessional position in Creative Writing and English at the Lecturer / Assistant Professor level, effective August 1, 2010, subject to budgetary approval. The successful applicant will teach primarily in Creative Writing but will also teach at the introductory level in English literature. The applicant should possess an MA or MFA in Creative Writing and have a strong publishing resume in Creative Writing, with at least two creative works published by reputable publishers. Preference will be given to those with experience in university-level teaching. Applications, which must include a complete curriculum vitae, a statement of writing and teaching interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, as well as three confidential letters of reference forwarded by the referees, should be sent in hard copy to: 

Dr. Christina Luckyj
Department of English
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4P9

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 15, 2010.

Note: Image from the English Department at Dalhousie. 

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[new media academic assistant]

 Interesting...the University of Lethbridge is hiring an academic assistant in new media. It's a three-year term appointment but would be great for a recently finished ph.d or post-doc:

START DATE: July 1, 2010

QUALIFICATIONS: An M.F.A. with a concentration in digital media is the preferred degree. The University aspires to hire individuals who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, and have potential to contribute actively in the Department of New Media and the Faculty of Fine Arts.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses in interactive web development, digital video and New Media Foundations. This includes both creative and technical aspects of New Media production as well as the history and theory of New Media as it relates to contemporary culture and society. Other duties may be assigned depending upon the candidate's secondary expertise.

PROGRAM: The Faculty of Fine Arts, housed in the Centre for the Arts with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, offers degree programs in Art, Drama, Music and New Media within the liberal arts education context and focuses on excellence in teaching and research/creative activity.

APPLICATION: Candidates should submit an application describing interest in all areas of teaching expertise, along with a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, current research program and /or samples of recent research/creative work, as well as arrange for three confidential letters of reference under separate cover from people who can assess teaching and research/ creative activity.

ADDRESS: Address applications to:
Dr. Desmond Rochfort, Dean
Faculty of Fine Arts
The University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4
Tel: (403) 329-2155
Fax: (403) 382-7127 email: angela.luck@uleth.ca

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by the closing date of April 15, 2010.

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[media, culture & communication – visiting assistant professor]

Awesome position:

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor whose research focuses on digital media, copyright, and media technologies. The position is to begin September 1, 2010.

This is a one-year non-tenure track appointment that is renewable for an additional two years, depending upon department need and satisfactory performance.

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication serves over 750 undergraduate majors and offers MA and PhD programs of study. The Department emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship and encourages applications from a broad range of methodological perspectives. For more information please see: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/mcc/.


The position is open to recent PhDs who have completed their dissertations within the last four years. Doctoral candidates who will have completed their degrees by September 2010 are also invited to apply.

Further information about the position can be obtained from: Marita Sturken, Chair, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication,


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[assistant prof. in victoria bc]

I would go for this position if only for the superb location near Victoria BC (it's actually on the Hatley Park National Historic Site):

Communication - Instructor or Assistant Professor

Royal Roads University

Location: British Columbia
Date posted: 2010-03-05
Royal Roads University, Limited Term Core Faculty, School of Communication and Culture within the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences.

We invite your interest to explore our exciting new two year limited term position (at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level) at Royal Roads University (RRU). Located in beautiful, Victoria, BC our mandate is to solely offer professional degree programs with a focus on applied research. With a reputation for innovation, RRU is a leader in online delivery and primarily attracts learners who are working professionals.

The School of Communication offers three degrees in communication studies which are focused on the theory and practice of professional communication in a wide range of contexts including media, organizational and intercultural. We stress a critical-professional educational approach and we invite you to view our website for more details.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated teaching experience at undergraduate and the graduate levels in the field of communication studies, an ability to work as a team member within an interdisciplinary outcome-based curriculum, and administrative experience and abilities preferably in a University academic setting. The successful applicant will ideally have experience teaching communication theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. (or ABD) in communication or related fields in the social and applied sciences is required along with a broad theoretical understanding of communication. The following would also be strong assets in the position: applied research experience, an ability to employ adult learning and applied learning principles with mature learners, and experience in distance education teaching.

In addition to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package to core faculty, with a salary based on rank, qualifications and experience. The term of this position is from 15 July 2010 - 15 July 2012.

For more information and to submit your application, please visit http://www.royalroads.ca/careers

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[professorship communications: south korea]

Yeungnam University is now accepting applications for a full-time foreign-instructor (a native English speaker preferred) to be available March 1, 2010. Located on 900 scenic acres in Gyeongsan, 6 miles southeast of Daegu, Yeungnam University is a private university with a student enrollment of over 35,000.

1.   Job Title:  Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, depending on career specialty

2. Teaching Subjects
-      Mass Communication & Society, Research Method, Communication Theory, etc.

3. Period of Contract
-      March 1, 2010 to February 30, 2011 with the possibility of renewal

4. Teaching Loads & Semesters
-      9 credits per semester (Spring & Fall, 15-week semesters)
-      All classes should be taught in English

5. Requirements & Qualifications
-      Ph.D. preferred in Media & Communication
-      The applicant with a Master's degree should at least one-year of teaching experience at a university

l  Preferred qualifications:
-       An English-language teaching certificate (TESOL/TEFL/CELTA or equivalent) from a recognized provider.
-       A resourceful, innovative and dedicated professional who truly enjoys teaching.
-       An energetic, self-motivated team player with strong collaborative and communication skills.

6. Salary & Benefits
-       An annual salary of 31,161,000 to 40,341,000 Won (or more) for twelve months, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
-       Overtime pay: Overtime pay for teaching will be paid according to the University's standard rates in effect during the contract term of employment.
-       The Professor's health insurance will be covered by Yeungnam University's Medical Insurance Policy at the standard rate in effect during the contract term of employment
-       Pension Insurance Fees(Insurance Fund) will be paid by the professor according to the Pension Law(Act) Korea.
-       The University will allow the Professor to have maximum 8 weeks of vacation during the summer and winter vacation period.
-       All applicable taxes are to be paid by the professor according to the Korean Tax Law.
-       Housing: A university owned furnished apartment is provided. If no vacancies are available, you will be provided with a housing allowance of 450,000 KRW per month.
-       The University will provide one research office.

* Application & Deadline
  - Documents Required Before the Interview Date:
1)     A cover letter that outlines your teaching experience and range of teaching interests
2)     A statement of interest in and qualifications for teaching specific courses
3)     Two copies of detailed resume with photo (Please indicate month and year for your work experience and education.)
4)     A copy of passport photo page
5)     Two letters of recommendation
6)     The alien registration ID(It can be submitted later)
7)     Three passport sized photos
8)     Two evidences of career development
9)     Two copies of diploma (Bachelor, Master, and PhD).
10)   The two copies of certificate of grades(GPA on bachelor, master, PhD)

  - Deadline: Dec. 30, 2009
  - E-mail: feel0932@hanmail.net (You can apply by E-mail.)
- Mailing Address:

Miss Kyeong-Ha Nam
A secretary to the Chair of Department of Media & Communication
YeungNam University,
214-1, Dae-dong, Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Zip Code 712-749

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[end of term marking!]

This is just too eloquent:

NB: I found the image included in Richard Haswell's article "The Complexities of Responding to Student Writing" and he references the image as: Composition Chronicle: Newsletter for Writing Teachers 8 (3), April 1995, p. 11.

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[grant macewan: officially a university]

Yesterday the province (as well as the university) announced Grant MacEwan's formal change from "college" to "university" (though it has been granting degrees since 2004).

It's interesting, as a new Edmontonian, to learn about the institution's history. At lunch yesterday I was lucky enough to meet with a previous university admin. who filled me in on MacEwan's grassroots beginning (especially in terms of forwarding the arts and culture scene in Edmonton). Just take a look at the "multidisciplinary" Arts of the Ave. Festival to see how many of the performers, volunteers, writers etc... have a link with Grant MacEwan. If you're in the area, you might want to keep track of the Arts on the Ave. calendar which lists upcoming events such as this weekend's Kaleido fest.

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[canada research chair in digital game studies and design]

Exciting academic employment opportunity:

Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, invites applications for a Senior (Tier I) Canada Research Chair (CRC) in the field of Game Studies, Game Design and/or Games and Learning as a joint appointment in the Faculty of Arts and Science and Faculty of Fine Arts. The goal of the CRC program (http://chairs.gc.ca/) is to ensure that Canadian universities "achieve the highest levels of research excellence to become world-class research centres in the global, knowledge-based economy.”

Concordia’s academic culture celebrates leading-edge research, creativity, and the transfer of knowledge for today’s innovation driven society. The Chair in Digital Game Studies and Design will build on Concordia’s leadership in the fields of creative expression, communication and culture, and information and communication technologies as described in our Strategic Research Plan (2008-12)

Concordia is located in one of North America’s most diverse, creative and livable cities. Many leading games companies have chosen to locate in Montreal where strategic government initiatives also support the research sector and industry.
Applicants for this position may come from any disciplinary background but must have a superior record of publication and/or research/creation in the fields of game studies and game design. The successful candidate is expected to have an outstanding and innovative research program, as well as demonstrated abilities to foster the development of broad based interdisciplinary initiatives, attract excellent graduate students and secure external funding. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in the development of the newly founded Centre for Technology, Art and Games (TAG).

The TAG initiative is leading interdisciplinary, cross-Faculty research in games studies and design at Concordia. TAG operates under the umbrella of the Hexagram Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies, which is the largest and most productive new media lab in Canada. For additional information on TAG and Hexagram, see
http://www.tag.hexagram.ca and http://www.hexagram.org.

The successful candidate for the CRC position in the field of Game Studies, Game Design and/or Games and Learning will be appointed (with tenure) at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The candidate will work with the Faculty of Arts and Science and Faculty of Fine Arts
to prepare the formal CRC nomination according to the CRC program guidelines. The university will nominate the successful candidate to the CRC Secretariat at the earliest opportunity according to the guidelines of the CRC program.

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to:

Chair, Game Studies and Design CRC Search Committee
Concordia University
c/o Faculty of Fine Arts
De Maisonneuve Boulevard West, EV 2.781

Montreal, Quebec,
H3G 1M8

This position, linked to the CRC appointment, will begin July 1, 2010.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All applications should reach the Chair of the Hiring Committee no later than November 2, 2009.

All inquiries about the position should be directed to crcgames@alcor.concordia.ca

Concordia University is committed to employment equity.

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[university 2.0 approaches]

The future of the university is set to change, we all know that. But how rapidly and in what ways? Peer 2 Peer University is an example of how to "hack education" and upgrade teaching and learning especially for those who cannot afford the more traditional books, laptops and professor time. Note: the future is just beginning, there is a long way to go.

The Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) is an online community of open study groups for short university-level courses. Think of it as online book clubs for open educational resources. The P2PU helps you navigate the wealth of open education materials that are out there, creates small groups of motivated learners, and supports the design and facilitation of courses. Students and tutors get recognition for their work, and we are building pathways to formal credit as well.

For more information:



Unless otherwise noted, all content on the P2PU site is licensed under:

Creative Commons License

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[employment: lectureship in new media]

This is an amazing position at the University of Leeds...makes me (almost) wish I was in the U.K.:

Closing Date: 17th July 2009

Lectureship in New Media
(Job reference: 317127)
Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications
Institute of Communications Studies

The institute of Communication Studies seeks to appoint a Lecturer in New Media from
2 September 2009 or as soon afterward as is mutually convenient.

You will deliver teaching and research primarily in areas related to New Media at
both undergraduate and postgraduate level, but may also be asked to teach more
generally in other areas of media and communications. Essential teaching
requirements are ‘Design for New Media’ and ‘New Media, Planning and Gaming’. You
will also be required to take responsibility for student project work. You will be
expected to play a leading role in the continued development of the programme in New
Media and undertake supervision of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD projects and

You will possess a PhD, or have such an award pending and be able to demonstrate a
developing research profile with a clear indication of future plans and potential
commensurate with aspirations to an 'international' standard of excellence.

See http://ics.leeds.ac.uk for more information on the Institute of Communications
Studies or http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/jobs/ViewJob.aspx?CId=3&JId=416 for more details
about the post.

University Grade 7 (£32,458 – £35,469 p.a.)
Salary: Lecturer Grade 7 (£32,458 - £35,469)
Apply using: Application form, CV and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form
Download an application form: (pdf version) | (Word version)

Informal enquiries: to Dr Stephen Sobol, New Media Programme Head, email
s.c.sobol@leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 6247 or Professor Gary Rawnsley, Director
of the ICS, email g.d.rawnsley@leeds.ac.uk , tel +44 (0)113 343 6906.

Send completed applications to:
email vpaempl@leeds.ac.uk, or by post to:

Faculty Office,
Man-Made Fibres Building,
University of Leeds,

Closing date: 17 July 2009

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[2 employment opportunities: professor of new media and digital culture and research assistant in new media and education

Here are two exciting opportunities for new media and digital culture academics. One is an assistant prof. position at the University of the Netherlands, the other is a research assistant role on an exciting project to create an educational website (with the British Library).

Association of Universities in The Netherlands - VSNU

Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture

University of Amsterdam

Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture
(Noord-Holland), 30 hours per week
University of Amsterdam

Job description
The ideal candidate would have familiarity with the study of digital media in the humanities, and have made acquaintance with such areas as cyberculture, digital humanities, information aesthetics and visualization, Internet studies, media arts, media history, media theory and/or virtual ethnography. Internet skills are essential, as is up-to-date knowledge of Internet culture. Practical experience in working with Web-based applications (e.g., blogs and wikis) is desirable.

The new media and digital culture team is part of the Media Studies department and concerns itself with research strategies for the critical study of Internet culture. The Assistant Professor is expected to teach on both the bachelor's and master's degree levels, in courses concerned with such topics as digital journalism, digital aesthetics, Internet research methods and techniques, media archaeology as well as the politics of code.

Candidates also should have a new media research agenda.

  • Teaching and developing teaching activities both as part of and outside the Media and Culture programme
  • (Co-)supervising Bachelor's and Master's theses
  • Independently conducting research in the area mentioned, resulting in contributions to leading international publications
  • Co-supervising PhD candidates
  • Making a contribution to raising contract and indirect funding
Required education/skills:
  • Relevant PhD degree
  • Experience in research and excellent research skills, evidenced by publications in renowned international professional journals / book form
  • Teaching experience at the university level and demonstrable didactic abilities and / or training, evidence by an educational portfolio
  • Experience with digital and audio-visual equipment; affinity with ICT in academic education
  • Team spirit and capable of functioning at all levels of more than one study programme
  • Willingness to develop in a multidisciplinary capacity in order to be able to participate in multiple areas of the Faculty's curriculum
  • Organisational experience and skills
  • Thorough knowledge of Dutch and English; non-native Dutch speakers must achieve fluency in Dutch within two years
Read more about this opportunity here: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobs/XF244/Assistant_Professor_of_New_Media_and_Digital_Culture/

Closing Date: Sunday, 19th April 2009

British Library

Research Assistant

Children's Play in the New Media Age

St Pancras, London
18-month post, starting October 2009
Ref: S&C00166

This is an opportunity to explore the theme of children's play and develop an interactive resource that will be used by audiences worldwide.

The British Library, in collaboration with the Institute of Education, the University of Sheffield and the University of East London, is embarking on a innovative project entitled ‘Children's Play in the New Media Age', inspired by the Opie Collection of Children's Games and Songs.

As part of a team of researchers you'll deliver an educational website aimed at a variety of audiences, learners and researchers. Specifically, you'll be involved in selecting, editing and digitising audio recordings, enhancing existing catalogue records and writing descriptive and interpretative content.

Excellent research and organisational skills are essential. It's likely you will have a post-graduate or equivalent qualification in an area such as Childhood Studies, Primary Education, Folklore/Cultural Tradition, Sociology or Social Studies - and you will certainly be familiar with the research output of Peter and Iona Opie.

Basic technical skills and experience of creating educational resources and/or web content are also important. However, training will be provided where required.

To apply for this unique opportunity, visit http://gs10.globalsuccessor.com/fe/tpl_britishlibrary01.asp?newms=jj&id=65150&----JOB-PREVIEW-MODE----

Closing date: 29 April 2009

Read more about this position here: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobs/GH546/

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[scholarly publishing 2.0: mit goes open access]

MIT is asking its staff to contribute their articles to DSpace (a digital repository managed by MIT and HP) which will make them freely available. However, the choice remains with each staff member to grant open access to their contribution. So not sure really how well this will take off in light of several studies which suggest tenured professors prefer to publish in subscription-based publications. Also, DSpace does not contain "all MIT's research and is limited to digital research products."

From the Wall Street Journal:

"With academic journals charging libraries increasingly high subscription rates, Massachusetts Institute of Technology passed a resolution to make it easier for faculty authors to share and distribute their work for free.

MIT said faculty members will grant open access to all journal articles through DSpace, an open-source digital repository created by MIT and Hewlett Packard.

Professors usually strike up agreements to publish their works with individual journals, but once the copyright for a scholarly work belongs to that publisher, it can be difficult or impossible to reuse it for another publication or even as course material. University libraries are having a tough time keeping up with rising subscription costs.

“Scholarly publishing has so far been based purely on contracts between publishers and individual faculty authors,” says Hal Abelson, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science and chair of MIT’s committee on open-access publishing. “In that system, faculty members and their institutions are powerless. This resolution changes that by creating a role in the publishing process for the faculty as a whole, not just as isolated individuals.”

Read more

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[ioct now accepting master's applications for next academic year]

The IOCT is now accepting applications for master's in Creative Technologies (both MA and MSc) for the upcoming academic year, 2009-2010.

Are you:
  • a technologist with a creative dimension?
  • an artist working with technologies?
  • a designer with programming skills?
or someone with other cross/transdisciplinary interests?

The IOCT Masters in Creative Technologies is unique, groundbreaking and
innovative. Delivered by the Institute of Creative Technologies, the course is run in partnership with the Faculties of Art & Design, Humanities and Technology.

The programme crosses traditional disciplines and boundaries and is designed
to support students in developing and strengthening their individual creative technologies research and practice, enable them to work at the convergence of the e-sciences, arts and humanities subjects.

Students taking the MA/MSc Creative Technologies will be from a wide range of backgrounds and interested in developing multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in the production of digital media and products.

See the programme site for further details: www.ioct.dmu.ac.uk/masters.html

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[interdisciplinary research & digital culture]

An interesting position for someone with a ph.d in digital culture or with wider experience in recent developments in cultural studies. It's only for a year but seems as though there's possibility for renewal:

Jobs at Anglia Ruskin University

Interdisciplinary Research Fellow in Digital Culture

The Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute

Faculty of Arts, Law, and Social Sciences

Ref: 6109

Based in Cambridge

Fixed term contract for one year in the first instance

£29,704 - £34,435 p.a.

Join us as we enter an exciting new phase of our development. Our ambition is to be recognised as a truly 21st century university, fully relevant to the changing needs of students, staff and employers. With our energy, enthusiasm and ambition matched by our friendliness and approachability, Anglia Ruskin University is a great place to be.

You will join the interdisciplinary team of the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute, a project housed within the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences. The Institute involves colleagues working in media theory, humanities computing, digital music and video, fine arts, video games, serious gaming and digital text, yet also has an important scientific contribution from colleagues involved with design and technology, audio engineering and computer design and animation.

The Interdisciplinary Fellow in Digital Culture is expected to take a key role in the Institute's activities. You must be familiar with state-of-the-art experimental, theoretical and practical issues in cultural theory, arts and the emerging sciences of digital culture. You are expected to have advanced IT skills and a knowledge of the field(s) of interactivity in sound and/or digital image would be an advantage. The Fellow will typically engage in personal research and publishing in the field of digital culture and collaborative research initiatives that bring together the different strands of the Research Institute.

The project commences in March 2009, or as soon as possible thereafter.
For further information please contact Prof Eugene Giddens, on 0845 196 2965 or eugene.giddens@anglia.ac.uk

Closing Date: 06 March 2009 (12 noon)

It is anticipated interviews will take place on 20 March 2009

CVs will only be accepted if accompanied by a completed University Application form.

Further details are available from telephone 0845 196 4740 (24 hours). E-mail jobs@anglia.ac.uk or visit on-line at www.anglia.ac.uk/hr/jobs

We value diversity at Anglia Ruskin University and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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[recession for academic quality]

Usually, when facing a financial crunch, businesses need to make cuts and borrow money to keep afloat. Arizona State University has come up with a rather different method; force staff to take up to 15 days unpaid from work:

"All 12,000 Arizona State University employees will be required to take 10 to 15 days off without pay before July to meet budget cuts required by the state Legislature, the university announced Wednesday.

The mandate includes top administrators, varsity coaches, faculty, office and maintenance workers, but the unpaid leave, or furloughs, will be staggered. ASU will remain open and classes will meet.

"I want to assure all of you that ASU is committed to continuing to deliver all our academic programs to our students, to not reducing academic quality and to maintaining our university student financial aid programs," Crow said.

Top University officials, including President Michael Crow, vice presidents and deans, will take 15 days without pay.

• Faculty and other academic professionals will take up to 12 days off, excluding any day they are expected to teach.

• Other employees, including clerical and maintenance workers, will be required to take 10 days unpaid leave.

Employees were encouraged to stagger their days off to soften the blow. Salary loss for these employees will be equivalent to 8 to 12 percent of the pay they would have received until June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

ASU expects to save $24 million from the furloughs. Lawmakers are still debating the size of budget cuts that ASU and other state universities will be expected to make."

Via Scott Rettberg's facebook post.

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[phd position: social media]

Jobs at Association of Universities in The Netherlands - VSNU

PhD Position in Sociality and Social Media

University of Amsterdam

(Noord-Holland), hours per week

Job description
We are seeking an individual who is excited about engaging in multidisciplinary approaches to studying information, communication and related technologies in a social context. The appointee will be expected to conduct research on sociality and social media; the research should lead to international journal publications and a PhD thesis. The research can combine multiple methods of investigation, qualitative as well as quantitative. The candidate will be supervised by Prof. Rik Maes and Dr Ard Huizing, who have extensive experience in guiding doctorate students' research, and can provide guidance in a wide range of research methods as well as access to a large set of local and multinational organizations.

Human relationships are increasingly mediated by social media such as social networking sites, micro-blogging services and social recommendation sites. Such new media are said to host new forms of group interaction and togetherness. Appealing to the human tendency to bind oneself with others and thus to form and join groups to engage in interdependent relationships, they afford sociality. In turn, the design and usage of social media are continually re-created and reshaped by participants or members translating, enacting and modifying these technologies to suit their various contexts. This project will explore the co-constitutive interplay between sociality and social media, and the implications of this interplay for design and design theory. Theoretical lenses are provided by those who theorize such notions as ‘object-centred sociality' or ‘the materialization of the subject', which are mainly being developed in social theory, social studies of technology and, increasingly, organization theory. The particular research questions will be framed in line with the interests of the PhD candidate.

Required education/skills:
  • Master's degree in one of the social sciences (e.g. Information or Communication Science, Management or Business Studies, Sociology or Anthropology)
  • Interest (and preferably experience) in field research
    Demonstrated mastery of both written and spoken English
  • Determination to complete a PhD degree within four years
Job type: Research / Advising
- Research trainees, non-tenured lecturers, researchers(Scientific discipline: Economics)

University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a university with an internationally acclaimed profile, located at the heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a world center for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and media activities. The University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of European Research Universities.

The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) at the University of Amsterdam conducts international research and provides academic courses in information management/systems, accounting, finance, management, organization behaviour, strategy and marketing, economics, and econometrics. The Amsterdam Business School and the Amsterdam School of Economics form part of the FEB.

The Amsterdam Business School's Information Management section is seeking an outstanding individual to fill a PhD student position in the area of sociality and social media.

Conditions of employment
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: see below
Additional conditions of employment:
The appointment will initially be for 1.5 year, to be extended to a total of 4 years upon excellent performance (an evaluation will be held after 8 and 14 months). The salary will be in accordance with the university's regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2042 (first year) up to a maximum of €2612 (final year) gross per month. The collective employment agreement of the Dutch universities will be applicable. The PhD thesis should be finalized within four years. In this period, the candidate will be expected to do some teaching (20% of the time).

Additional Information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Dr Huizing
Telephone number: 31-20-525-4356
E-mail address: im-phd@uva.nl

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links:
You can apply for this job before 06-04-2009 (dd-mm-yyyy) by sending your application to:

Roetersstraat 11
1018 WB Amsterdam

E-mail: applications-feb@uva.nl

When applying for this job always mention the vacancynumber AT 09-5006.

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[employment: multidisciplinary post doc]

OII logoOxford Internet Institute, University of OxfordOII logo
Oxford Internet Institute

University of Oxford

RESEARCH STAFF GRADE 8 (£36,532 to £43,622 p.a.)

We are seeking a Research Fellow to complement our multidisciplinary team undertaking research into the societal implications of the Internet and related information and communications technologies. This Fellowship offers post doctoral researchers of outstanding promise or distinction an opportunity to pursue advanced research within this field.

Our preference is for candidates with a strong theoretical and/or methodological background in computer science, law or one of the following social science disciplines: communication, information, media studies, economics, political science, social psychology or sociology; and with an interest in research which will complement one of the OII's current research areas.

These concern the role of the Internet and ICTs in: everyday life and work; government and democracy; research and learning; shaping the Internet; and issues of theory and policy that cut across these settings. Applications from those with a track record of multi-disciplinary research on the societal implications of the Internet and/or related policy issues who have doctorates in other relevant disciplines will also be welcomed.

Based in the heart of Oxford, this post is available from October 2009 for two years in the first instance with the possibility of renewal thereafter.

How to apply

Grade 8 Fellow Application Pack (pdf, 100kb)

Further information, including details of how to apply, may be obtained from Nicola McVay, Administrative Officer, Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1865 212330; email: recruit@oii.ox.ac.uk

Applications must reach the Institute by 12:00 noon on Wednesday 25 February 2009. It is expected that interviews will be held on Tuesday 10 March 2009.

Research Fellow (Grade 7)

RESEARCH STAFF GRADE 7 (£28,839 to £35,469 p.a.)

We are seeking a Research Fellow to complement our multidisciplinary team undertaking research into the societal implications of the Internet and related information and communications technologies. This Fellowship offers post doctoral researchers of outstanding promise an opportunity to pursue advanced research within this field.

Our preference is for candidates with a strong theoretical and/or methodological background in computer science, law or one of the social sciences, including communication, information, media studies, economics, political science, social psychology or sociology; and with an interest in research which will complement one of the OII's current research areas.

These concern the role of the Internet and ICTs in: everyday life and work; government and democracy; research and learning; shaping the Internet; and issues of theory and policy that cut across these settings. Applications from those with a track record of multi-disciplinary research on the societal implications of the Internet and/or related policy issues who have doctorates in other relevant disciplines will also be welcomed.

Based in the heart of Oxford, this post is available from October 2009 for two years in the first instance with the possibility of renewal thereafter.

How to apply

Grade 7 Fellow Application Pack (pdf, 100kb)

Further information, including details of how to apply, may be obtained from Nicola McVay, Administrative Officer, Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1865 212330; email: recruit@oii.ox.ac.uk

Applications must reach the Institute by 12:00 noon on Wednesday 25 February 2009. It is expected that interviews will be held on Tuesday 10 March 2009.

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[employment: head of department of media technology]

DMU has been undergoing some changes and one of them is the restructuring of various faculties. There is now a new faculty of technology that is divided into four different departments. The department of media tech. is looking for a head:

Informal enquiries may be made to the Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Professor Adrian Hopgood, on
0116 257 7092 or aah@dmu.ac.uk.

Please include a personal CV as well as a completed application form. Applicants are asked to include a covering letter illustrating how their skills and achievements match the requirements of the job.

Closing date: Monday 16th February

Further details are available from our website; click here.

To apply, click here.
Please quote reference numbers above when applying for a job.

Alternatively telephone 0116 250 6433 (24 hour answerphone)

Or write to:
The Human Resources Team, De Montfort University,
The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH.

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[employment residency: Cross-Platform Media Producer]

Jobs at Bournemouth University

Cross-Platform Media Producer


Ref: MED295
c. £36k - £43.5k per annum

The Media School is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic cross-platform media producer (preferably 0.5 FTE but this is negotiable) to lead seminars/workshops and tutorials in cross-platform media production, explore new methods of learning and advise on curriculum development.

You should be an accomplished cross-platform media producer with significant relevant professional experience. You will be able to make a significant contribution to the delivery of cross platform media practice at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of education and to the development of innovative teaching methods and materials. You will also be able to assist our thinking regarding the future of cross-platform practice, as well as supporting our close links with the industry.

The post is offered as a fixed-term contract for up to six months.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Fiona Cownie on fjcownie@bournemouth.ac.uk

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website (www.bournemouth.ac.uk/jobs) together with an online application form. Alternatively, telephone 01202 964846 (24 hour answer phone).quoting the appropriate reference Closing date: 2 February 2009. Interview date: 12 February 2009.

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[17 year old drives web app development]

How amazing is this? A 17 year old student was faced with a problem: how to keep track of school work? Well, Andrew Shaper just went and created an amazing free online resource that allows students (it is geared toward secondary school and undergrad. students) to add assignments, classes and, the best bit (it's also the best bit for Christopher Dawson at ZDNet) is the ability to upload assignments via e-mail or text message to the site. Very well connected. I can imagine asking my own students to read Chapter 5 "Encoding and Retrieval from Long-Term Memory" in Cognitive Phsychology: Mind and Brain, and then they'd text this assignment to Soshiku. A really excellent example of filling a gap and being creative.

From the site:
What is Soshiku?

Soshiku is a simple but powerful tool that manages your high school or college assignments. Soshiku keeps track of when your assignments are due and can even notify you via email or SMS.

And it's totally free."

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[employment: podcast developer at UCL]

I haven't seen one of these positions at a university before. Pretty forward thinking of UCL even if it is only a year long pilot project. But, there is the implication, should the project go well, UCL will require a permanent podcast developer.

Podcast Service Developer

UCL Information Services Division

1 year post (ref 54260)

UCL has embarked on a project to assess the feasibility of setting up a service to record, store and then make lectures available for viewing or download. This is known as the Podcast Project.

The project will involve the re-encoding and publication of existing media into various publication environments, and the creation of portable and fixed capture stations that are integrated into the Podcast Producer environment. The project is for one year in the first instance.

We are looking for an IT professional to join the Applications Development team in ISD who develop and support e-learning and multimedia web-based applications. A key aspect of the role will be building work flows for Podcast Producer and Episode. The successful candidate will be able to communicate fluently and present technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences. This post could suit a new graduate with enthusiasm.

Salary will be on UCL salary scale 7 in the range of £31,620 to £38,250 per annum (inclusive of London Allowance).

Applications should be received no later than 5pm on close date.

Interviews are likely to be held on Tuesday, 9th December 2008.

To apply for the post, please download an application form and job description from ( http://www.ucl.ac.uk/is/vacancies. )

If you cannot obtain these from the web, you can email is-jobs@ucl.ac.uk quoting the relevant reference number (above), or write to Information Systems, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. Do NOT send a CV. For further queries, phone 020-7679-7357. No agencies.

Closing date for this post is 26 November 2008

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[employment - lecturer in internet studies]

This sounds like a great post for all you internet researchers:

Lecturer, Internet Studies
REF: 4511
Closing: Monday, 24 November, 2008

(Before applying for this position, please view the Application Advice document mentioned above)
Apply Now


School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Faculty of Humanities

Position Details

Academic, Full Time
Salary: $70,846 - $84,132, Level ALB
Conditions of Employment: "Employment at Curtin is governed by either an Individual Transitional Employment Agreement (ITEA) or a Certified Agreement. The University reserves the right to offer a position under an Individual Transitional Employment Agreement only"

Description Summary

(Full-Time, Fixed term – 3 years)

This position will involve teaching, research and research supervision in the broad field of Internet Studies. It has a particular emphasis on the use of the Internet for communications and the relationship of the Internet with other media.

The successful applicant will require a PhD in a field of research relevant to Internet Studies, be an active researcher while focusing on the Internet and being an experienced university educator.

Benefits and Remuneration
The salary ranges presented are those which are contained within the University’s Certified Agreements. An individual may negotiate an alternative salary arrangement under an Individual Transitional Employment Agreement (ITEA).

Employee benefits include up to 17 percent employer superannuation contribution, study assistance, a comprehensive salary packaging program, and flexible and family friendly work practices in a cosmopolitan community at a convenient location.

Applicants must meet all essential criteria to be considered for the position. Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Australia for the duration of the appointment.

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Associate Professor Matthew Allen (Head of Department, Internet Studies), on telephone +61 8 9266 3511 or via e-mail at m.allen@curtin.edu.au.

To submit an application, please click on the Apply Now button. Alternatively, post your application to:
Ms Angela Glazbrook
Deputy School Administrator
School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
Faculty of Humanities
Curtin University of Technology
+61 8 9266 2509

Valuing Diversity and Affirmative Action
Applications are invited from women and men who share the University’s values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people.

Curtin University reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at anytime.

Closing Date: 5pm on Monday 24 November, 2008

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[how to write fiction]

This morning's Guardian has arrived. After briefly skimming the front page and a lengthy read of the Money section (100 questions about the current *financial* climate answered!) I happily found Kate Pullinger's tutorial on "How to Write Fiction." Working with Sue Thomas, Kate runs DMU's Online Masters in Creative Writing and New Media (and is author of Inanimate Alice with Chris Joseph) and thus is the perfect person to write this user-friendly guide. I'm definitely going to memorise these tips including the suggestion to "turn off your word count."

This guide book doesn't tell you where to buy your ideas: "Asda for chick-lite, perhaps, Waitrose for literary fiction," but it certainly includes loads of opportunities for laughter (not something I would expect from any guide). Kate tells us that writing is about "graft" rather than just a great ideas and that the act of writing is the important thing:

"But really, the best way to start writing is to start writing. Get the words down onto the page. For many writers the most productive technique is to push on, regardless of what crap they are spewing. Bad writing can be imprved upon, can be polished and cut and shaped and revices. A blank page is just that, and the only thing it is good for is driving you crazy."

Besides the instructions concerning genre, character, setting etc and the wide reference to other writers, there is a checklist:

  1. Is the beginning too slow?
  2. Have I "killed my darlings"?
  3. Have I checked my grammar and punctuation?
  4. Have I laid out my dialogue properly?
  5. After my compelling beginning, amd I keeping my reader interested?
  6. Is it finished?

If you don't have the Guardian hardcopy, each of the eight steps included in the guide are available as separate articles on the Guardian site.

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[dmu on telly]

On September 1st a new ad. for DMU will go live on Channel 4, E4, ITC2 and Dave. I've just seen it on the DMU website and it's pretty good! And, best of all, it's created by students and shot on campus (check out the bridge over the canal and the lovely cobblestone path)! The scene with the motion-capture suit is quite exciting too. I'm all for uni-patriotism but perhaps that's just reflective of my Canadian background where we all collect everything from mugs, jogging pants, backpacks, pens and jackets embossed with our uni logos...

Now...where's my IOCT jumper?

Annoyingly there's no embed link on the dmu ad. so you'll have to click here if you'd like to watch it. The mini-documentary on the making of the ad. is a fun viewing too.

Edit on 12 Sept. 2008 (thanks Kate): the link doesn't seem to work unless you're on the dmu intranet. Try here instead: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/applicants/ug/television-advertisement/

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[employment opportunity - lecturer art & design]

Jobs at Norwich School of Art and Design

Senior Lecturer in Games Art & Design

This post is available as either:
One full time post of 35 hours per week, 52 weeks per year
Two posts of 17.5 hours per week (0.5FTE), 52 weeks per year

£31,136 - £41,410 p.a. (pro-rata)
(Job evaluation pending)

As a key member of the Games Art & Design Course team you will contribute to the academic development delivery of the FdA/BA (Hons) Games Art & Design awards.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a broad understanding of contemporary context for Games development and design and will contribute to the learning, teaching and assessment within the FdA/BA (Hons) programmes.

As a practising professional, you will be active in research and knowledge transfer, using these skills to inform the quality of teaching excellence.

Reporting to the Course Leader, Games Art & Design, you will need to demonstrate experience of teaching at HE level, appropriate technical skills and knowledge and an awareness of the creative and cultural industries.

Closing date: 5th September 2008

Interviews to be held: 1st October 2008

For an application pack please email jobs@nuca.ac.uk or contact Human Resources on 01603 756243.

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