The Digital Technology and Culture program at Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative Fellowship, made possible by a generous grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) with funds provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The two year postdoctoral fellowship begins August 2021, with the intent to transition into a tenure-track faculty position upon the completion of the fellowship period. The ACLS Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative is designed to increase the diversity, broadly conceived, of faculty in the humanities and to support fellows within fields of the humanities for members of groups that have been historically underrepresented. WSU is a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage, its formal Memorandum of Understanding with Native American tribes in the region, and tradition of service to society. The College of Arts and Sciences and the Digital Technology and Culture program thus encourages applications from individuals who identify as members of traditionally underrepresented groups including, but not limited to Indigenous, Native American, First Nations, Black, African diaspora, and Latin(x) populations.
The Digital Technology and Culture program is an interdisciplinary program within the newly authorized School of Information in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) emphasizing humanistic understandings of technology, technological histories and futures, and publicly engaged research and creative production. Candidates should have a research focus and/or creative agenda in one or more of the following broadly interpreted areas: visual arts, critical design, data-driven storytelling, digital media arts, integrative media and design, data visualization, critical code studies and practice, archival sciences, artificial intelligence, or human-computer interaction with an emphasis on ethical, social and cultural considerations. We are especially interested in candidates using digital technologies, computational methods and creative practices that cross disciplines and that explicitly examine issues related to systemic racism in its many forms and modalities. The program values creative, collaborative, and publicly engaged scholarship that places an emphasis on explicitly anti-racist pedagogies, practices, and production in teaching, research, service, and scholarship that work to advance racial justice, reconciliation, and repair.