Position announcement -- Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University

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Carrie Rentschler, Prof.

Mar 21, 2023, 12:44:51 PM3/21/23
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Dear colleagues — McGill University is hiring for the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy position in the Faculty of Arts. The Department for the tenured line will be determined at time of hire, based on the field(s) of the candidate.  Please apply and share the ad in your networks. 

If you should have questions about the position, you can write to me at the email below: I’m a member of the hiring committee.  Or you may contact the hiring committee chair, Prof. Andrew Piper, at andrew...@mcgill.ca.  Review of applications will begin after Friday April 21, 2023.  The job ad and application portal can be found here: https://mcgill.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/mcgill_careers/job/Arts-Building/Associate-Professor_JR0000038659-1?q=Wolfe

The full job announcement is posted below. 

—Professor Carrie Rentschler

Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy

Position Description:

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy. Established through a generous gift from a family foundation, the purpose of the Chair is to encourage better understanding of scientific and technological concepts across the general undergraduate student population, undertake research to provide broad and fundamental insights into the crucial importance of science and technology in society, and train graduate students to advance this field of study.

The Wolfe Chair will be expected to direct an academic and research program designed to ensure that students become familiar with critical scientific, technological and media concepts and terminology. Candidates from a diversity of fields are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to one or more of the following areas: science and technology studies; history of science and technology; race and technology studies; disability studies; critical data studies; algorithms and society; ethical AI; science communication; technology and media policy; information studies; media studies; communications; digital humanities; and cultural studies of technology. At a time when rapid scientific and technological advances are transforming societies, we view this position as a critical component of the university's responsibility to help students navigate and better understand the implications of technological change.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:
The successful candidate will ideally have the academic credentials necessary for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or, in exceptional circumstances, Full Professor. Advanced Assistant Professors are also eligible to apply. The candidate will be hired into a home department in the Faculty of Arts, based on their field identity and areas of inquiry; as such, the hiring department is not yet determined. 

Faculty of Arts

Job Type:

Associate Professor

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Posting Period:
The position start date is currently scheduled for January 1, 2024. Review of applications will begin on April 21, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

Required Documents:
Complete applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three referees, evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness (e.g., sample course syllabi), and two writing samples (of article or chapter length). All materials should be submitted here https://mcgill.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/McGill_Careers/job/Arts-Building/Associate-Professor_JR0000038659-1

For inquiries please contact Andrew Piper, recruitment committee chair at andrew...@mcgill.ca

McGill University is located on the unceded territory of Tiohtià:ke, now known as Montréal; the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation are the traditional custodians of these lands and waters.

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, accessibili...@mcgill.ca.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Carrie A. Rentschler (she/her)
Associate Professor 
Art History and Communication Studies 
McGill University
853 Sherbrooke St. West, W-115 Arts
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 Canada

McGill University is located on the traditional unceded territories of the Haudenosaunee.

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