[Air-L] Open positions at MIT

Mia Consalvo consalvo at ohio.edu
Tue Sep 28 12:15:22 PDT 2010

hi all--

forwarding two position announcements- one tenure track and one research
associate in Comparative Media Studies at MIT.
Feel free to circulate--

MIT's Program in Comparative Media Studies in the School of Humanities,
Arts and Social Science is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor of
media studies to start in the Fall of 2011. Candidates should have a
Ph.D. with a record of significant publication (or the promise thereof),
research activity and/or experience relevant to civic media. Relevant areas
of specialization include the contemporary practice, history, or theory
of one or more of the following: user-generated content; forms of civic
engagement such as citizen journalism, journalism and new media, and
location-based social networks; innovative uses of media technology; media
and democracy; youth culture and media literacies. Fluency in a broader
array of theories, histories and practices associated with media studies
be considered a plus. Applicants should have teaching experience. Please
send a letter of application, C.V., three letters of recommendation, and
hard copy samples of your research and publications to Prof. James G.
Paradis, Interim Director, Program in Comparative Media Studies, Room
E15-331, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139.
Electronic submissions may be sent to cms-faculty-apps at mit.edu. The
application deadline is December 9th, 2010. MIT is an affirmative action,
equal opportunity employer.

Official Job Title: Research Associate

Position Title: Center for Future Civic Media Assessment Researcher

Payroll Category: Sponsored Research Staff -Technical

Department: Literature/Comparative Media Studies

Normal Work Week: 40

Salary: Dependent upon experience. Competitive Benefit package included.

Supervision Received: William Uricchio (Principal Investigator),
Christopher Csikszentmihalyi, (Prinicipal Investigator and Center Director )

Supervision Exercised: Research staff and Undergraduate student researchers

Work location: Cambridge

The Center for Future Civic Media, a collaboration between MIT’s Media Lab
Comparative Media Studies, is working to create technical and social systems
for sharing, prioritizing, organizing, and acting on information; to serve
as an
international resource for the study and analysis of civic media; to
community-based test beds both in the United States and internationally.

ASSESSMENT RESEARCHER –to assess and evaluate the impact and effectiveness
of the research projects developed and deployed by MIT’s Center for Future
Media. The position requires both experience and fluency in standard
and qualitative assessment methods, but it also requires developing
metrics for the assessment of the technological, social and socially
practices specific to the project’s community-based activities. Of
particular interest
are such factors as organizational impact, the spread and modification of
tools and
techniques, and the participation of ‘users’ in development, deployment,
production and reflection. Under the supervision of the principal
the assessment researcher will design and implement center-wide systems
to measure the social and technological impact of the tools, applications,
practices developed and identified by the center; analyze and summarize
findings; identify best practices; advise principal investigators on center
planning; center improvement; and new investment opportunities; keep
investigators apprised of new developments in the assessment and evaluation
and pioneer new standards and methods that impact the field. The assessment
researcher will work closely with other Knight Foundation grantees and
with the Knight Foundation Director of Strategic Assessment and Impact.

The assessment researcher will hold an advanced degree in assessment and
evaluation, media, technology and communities, or other relevant field. S/he
will have at least 5 years experience assessing and evaluating impact of
technology projects in communities and a demonstrated ability to develop and
implement innovative assessment models. S/he will have advanced knowledge
of the principles, practices, and procedures of assessment and evaluation.
will have outstanding analytical, organizational, personal interaction,
writing and
communication skills, as well as attention to detail and self-motivation.
S/he will be
able to work independently and as part of a team and require minimal

Mia Consalvo, Ph.D.
Visiting Associate Professor
Comparative Media Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building  14N-226
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
consalvo at mit.edu

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