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Tenure Track Faculty Position in Spatial Informatics

Tenure Track Faculty Position in New Media

Director, School of Computing and Information Science

Social Media Manager Position (Student Position)


TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITION IN SPATIAL INFORMATICS
THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

Position Title:

TENURE-track, full-time faculty assistant professor of Spatial Informatics (id:39395)

Department:

School of Computing and Information Sciences

Bargaining Unit:

AFUM

Purpose:

The School of Computing and Information Science, together with the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at the University of Maine, seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position effective August 28, 2017 with research foci in the area of spatial informatics. The School (https://umaine.edu/scis/) is an interdisciplinary unit encompassing programs in Spatial Informatics, New Media, and Computer Science. It offers degrees in New Media (BA), Computer Science (BS, MS, PhD) and Spatial Information Science and Engineering (MS, PhD). The National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (https://umaine.edu/ncgia/) is an organized research unit and leading research center in the area of Geographic Information Science with goals towards advancing major research innovations in spatial informatics and increasing the supply of doctoral students trained in spatial information science and engineering.

Spatial informatics encompasses software systems for databases, sensor systems, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, spatial cognition, and other related domains and deals with methods for modeling, rendering, representing, retrieving, analyzing, and interacting with spatial information (both for humans and machines).

The School seeks a candidate with research interests enhancing (or complementing) its current spatial-informatics research strengths. Research interest and expertise in one or more of the following areas are desired: spatial cognition, spatial HCI, spatial linguistics, and machine learning in spatial contexts (e.g., for autonomous navigation). This is a broad interdisciplinary field but the candidate should have interests / expertise in the connection between human interactions and spatial information, whether it be related to learning and behavior (navigation, wayfinding, cognitive map development), sensor networks and use of real-time sensor information, development and use of spatial interfaces, or the use of computer vision / machine learning for autonomous and semi-autonomous navigation and human-vehicle interactions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate is required to be committed to research excellence, to contribute to the spatial-informatics research agenda of the School, to develop a high level of activity in securing external funding, to advise graduate students in the spatial-informatics graduate programs, to mentor undergraduates in research, and to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the School’s academic programs. A PhD in computer science or related discipline (computational Cognitive Science, human factors engineering, etc) is required by date of hire.

This position is part of a Maine Economic Improvement Fund initiative to further invest in Information Technology. The University of Maine is a land grant institution, enrolling over 11,000 students, and the teaching, research, and service responsibilities of the selected candidate will be consistent with the land grant mission.

The University of Maine is the flagship campus of the University of Maine System and is the principal graduate institution in the state. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools in neighborhoods where children can walk to school, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Orono/Bangor area a wonderful place to live. The University of Maine is located just 60 miles from the scenic Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park and two hours from Portland.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required Employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.

To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate academic transcripts, and statements of both research and teaching interests to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Nicholas Giudice, via the Hire Touch system at:

https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=39395&job=assistant-professor-of-spatial-informatics

In addition, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by separate cover to the chair at: nicholas.giudice@maine.edu. Review of applications will begin as of March 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Appropriate background checks will be required.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are interested in faculty with diverse backgrounds and encourage applications from candidates that will enhance the diversity and breadth of our school through their research, teaching, and service. Because increasing diversity of the computing profession is one of our strategic priorities, women and traditionally underrepresented people in computing fields are particularly encouraged to apply.

Length:

Academic Year (Sept-May)


TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITION IN NEW MEDIA

Assistant Professor of New Media (id:39206)
New Media
AFUM
9

The University of Maine School of Computing and Information Science invites applications for a full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor for the New Media Program, effective August 28, 2017.  Candidates with teaching and research interests in Creative Programming to enhance and/or complement UMaine’s New-Media strengths in digital storytelling; video, photographic, and audio production; Web design and development; rapid prototyping; and user experience and interaction design are encouraged to apply.  Candidates may either be programming language experts who focus on creative content or creative artists with strong programming credentials.

  • Teach undergraduate courses in the BA and minor in New Media.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate students in New Media.
  • Collaborate with students and colleagues to develop creative applications.
  • Service to the school, the college, the university, and the profession is expected.
  • Develop and pursue a research agenda relevant to the field of New Media.
  • Teaching responsibilities will include introductory programming classes as well as upper-level courses in server-side development.
  • Terminal degree (earned doctorate or MFA) in a discipline closely related to New Media required by date of hire.
  • A rich and deep understanding of the contemporary field of digital culture is required.
  • A commitment to excellence in teaching and research is required.
  • Demonstrated skills in contributing to the New-Media research agenda are required.
  • Extensive experience in writing custom software for new media contexts, such as online, mobile, and physical environments is required.
  • Familiarity with such topics as user interface design, user interaction, and new media art and design practices required.
  • Research interest and expertise in one or more of the following areas are desired: Web and mobile development (e.g., PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Swift), gaming (e.g., Unity, Python, and Lua), and physical computing (e.g., Processing and OpenFrameworks).

The School of Computing and Information Sciences (https://umaine.edu/scis/) is an interdisciplinary unit encompassing Computer Science and Spatial Informatics, with New Media entering.  It offers undergraduate degrees in Computer Science (BS and BA) and, entering, New Media (BA); Master’s degrees in Computer Science, Spatial Informatics, Spatial Information Science and Engineering, and Information Systems; and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Spatial Information Science and Engineering; and, entering, a graduate certificate in Digital Curation.  New Media studies how advances in expressive technologies and networked communication are changing the ways people relate to each other and the world around them.  UMaine’s New Media program has access to state-of-the-art lab facilities, including the newly opened $10 milion Innovative Media Research and Commercialization center.

The University of Maine is the flagship campus of the University of Maine System and is the principal graduate institution in the state.  It is the state’s land, sea, and space grant university, enrolling over 11,000 students.  Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools in neighborhoods where children can walk to school, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live.  The University of Maine is located just 60 miles from the scenic Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park and two hours from Portland.

Appropriate background checks are required.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment.

To apply, materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position”.  You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter (the cover letter must prominently cite a URL where documentation of the candidate’s creative programming, preferably including at least one example of custom source code, can be found), curriculum vitae, copies of graduate academic transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), and statements of both research and teaching interests. Use the button at the bottom of https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=39206&job=assistant-professor-of-new-media  In addition, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by separate cover to:  NewMediaSearch@umit.maine.edu.  You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form.  Incomplete applications cannot be considered.  Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  Questions can be addressed to NewMediaSearch@umit.maine.edu.  Representatives of the New Media program will also be available to answer questions about the position at the College Art Association conference in New York from 15-18 February.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.     .

Academic Year (Sept-May)
Copies of Transcripts, Cover Letter, Research Philosophy, Resume/CV, Teaching Philosophy


DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

(description forthcoming)


SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER (Student Position)

We are looking for a student interested in managing the social media presence of the programs in Spatial Informatics and Information Systems. Candidates should have a familiar understanding of how each social media channel works and and how to optimize content to engage intended audiences. Among program channel and sites to be managed and maintained include Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube, Flckr, etc. Your Job as the social media manager will be to generate, edit, publish and share daily content (original text and media) that builds meaningful connections and encourages community members to become involved. Strong writing skills are a must and knowledge of web and video editing are a plus. Duties include creating content for media outlets, seeking news from SIE faculty, staff, and students, as well as contributing to the marketing initiatives set forth by the School director. We are looking for someone with the drive to help us develop a stronger more engaging social media presence and continue to recruit excellent future academic candidates. A minimum number of hours of commitment each week will be expected. If interested, contact Max Egenhofer, Director, School of Computing and Information Science at max.egenhofer@maine.edu


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