The Telecommunications Department at Indiana University is hiring at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level. The announcement is here.
The announcement is rather vanilla - it is an open-field, best-horse-in-the-race search. However, I can report from the inside that the department seems very much in the mood to bet on horses with skin tones reflecting games, social media, and virtual worlds. There's also an interest in advertising and health communications.
Method is somewhat open. We're a social science department with a media production wing. Scholars whose work has no systematic empirical component will be facing an uphill battle. Production applicants face the usual and oft-bemoaned hurdle that you must have a PhD or an MFA to apply. Other than that, though, the search is open to all kinds of disciplinary approaches: Psychology, Anthro, Law, Policy, Economics, Political Science, whatever.
Bloomington is a fantastic place to live and the department is a friendly, warm, dare I say happy group. They often say that they want people with 'spark.' More than any in recent memory, this seems to be a pure 'spark' search. What's spark? Like many good things, its intangible, but the core idea I guess is a combination of imagination and analytics. The concept is not well-represented by this or this. It's more like this or this or this.
If interested, please apply, and if you have questions, send me an email!