The Stanford Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) invites applications for a position as Lecturer in STS. The appointment term is three years. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in STS or a pertinent discipline, e.g., sociology, political science, cultural anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, or literature. (Individuals with degrees in such conventional disciplines in the humanities or social sciences should have placed a major emphasis on STS studies in their graduate work.) Knowledge of a field of science or engineering is desirable.
Stanford STS is a “science and technology in society” program, devoted primarily to scholarly analysis of issues raised by science and technology in contemporary societies, not a “science studies” or “history and philosophy of science” program. (For more information, see http://sts.stanford.edu.) Faculty members in Stanford STS have strong interests in macro- as well as micro-social contexts of scientific and technological activities and developments. Therefore, the Program seeks candidates who combine knowledge of science and technology studies with expertise in at least one substantive area of the interplay of science and/or technology with contemporary society, e.g., biotechnology, nanotechnology, or information technology in society; science, technology, and public policy; ethics, science, and technology; technology and work; literature, science, and technology; technology, culture, and the environment; and science, technology, and international relations.
The position carries a teaching load of three one-quarter courses per year. At least two will be courses on subject matter of strong interest to the applicant and likely to be of interest to Stanford STS students; one might be a seminar for junior-year STS honors students. The successful applicant is expected to help organize the Stanford Seminar on Science, Technology, and Society, the Program’s research seminar–see http://sts.stanford.edu/seminar.html–and may tutor a few STS honors students.
Candidates must show evidence of ability to do high-caliber STS research and excellent undergraduate STS teaching. A Ph.D. must be in hand prior to the appointment start date (September 1, 2008). All applications must include the following:
• a letter discussing the candidate’s research program or project and her/his potential intellectual and social contributions to Stanford’s STS community;
• titles, descriptions, and sample readings for two or three courses that s/he would teach in STS if appointed; and
• three letters of recommendation sent directly to the Chair of the Search Committee.
All materials should be sent as soon as possible but no later than January 15, 2008 to Prof. Robert McGinn, Chair, Lecturer Search Committee, STS Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2120.
Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions.