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JOB: Social Computing position announcement at the School of Information, Univ of Michigan

Faculty Position Announcement
Social Computing
Rank: Assistant Professor

The School of Information (SI) seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of social computing. Social computing can be defined as computing about social relations and computing in support of new forms of social interactions. Its applications include: the analysis and design of online communities; social media and networking; user-contributed content; and new frontiers such as crowdsourcing, collective intelligence and new forms of virtual organizations.

A successful candidate will be passionate about interdisciplinary work and could be trained in psychology, economics, sociology, computer science, informatics, or other areas in the social or technical sciences. The crucial characteristic is that the candidate be focused on questions related to understanding patterns of human interactions using computational techniques, or designing and evaluating technologies that enable new forms of interaction, or understanding the role of social media in society. Current SI faculty successfully pioneered the development, application and analysis of many of the underlying techniques used in social computing technologies such as: recommender systems; reputation systems; prediction markets; social network analysis; online communities; and systems for computer-supported cooperative work. For more information about SI research and activities related to social computing, see

SI is home to a dynamic and vibrant research and teaching program, with 35 FTE faculty, 49 doctoral students, and 380 students in its professional program, the Master of Science in Information. In partnership with other units, we recently launched a new undergraduate informatics major. SI is internationally recognized for its research strengths in social informatics, information economics and management, network analysis and text mining, human computer interaction, digital archives, cyberinfrastructure, digital preservation, and information seeking, sharing and use. More about the School, its vision, and its activities can be found at the School’s website:

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten universities. The University has one of the largest health care complexes in the world and one of the best library systems in the United States. With more than $1 billion in research expenditures annually, the University has the second largest research expenditure among all universities in the nation. The University has an annual budget of more than $1.4 billion and an endowment valued at more than $7.57 billion.

* Ph.D. (or nearing completion) in a relevant area, such as psychology, economics, sociology, computer science, informatics, or other areas in the social or technical sciences
* Demonstrated potential for successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level
* Demonstrated potential for high scholarly impact
* A strong commitment to teaching, interdisciplinary research, and cultural diversity
Review of applications will begin on Jan. 1 and continue until the position is filled.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit the following materials online:

* Cover letter
* Curriculum vita
* Statement of research
* Statement of teaching interests and experience
* Three representative publications
* Three letters of reference (submitted by your recommenders)

Submit applications here:

This announcement and announcements of four other open positions at the School of Information can be found here:

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer.