Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Ethical and Social Dimensions of Data Science

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 1:00am to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 1:00am

The School of Humanities at Rice University in Houston, Texas seeks applicants for an open-rank, tenured or tenure-track position as Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Ethical and Social Dimensions of Data Science. PhD required at time of appointment. The committee welcomes applications from scholars focusing in data, ethics, and society; critical code studies; software studies; digital humanities; science and technology studies; data ethnography; data law and policy studies, and other interpretive approaches, including race, gender and social justice in relation to data cultures.  Position start date is 1 July 2018.

The successful candidate will be prepared to teach a core Data, Ethics, and Society course in the new university-wide, interdisciplinary Data Science minor, as well as graduate and undergraduate courses in the home department. The usual Humanities teaching load is 2:2. Primary appointment will be in a department in the School of Humanities ( The application process is entirely web-based. Send letter of application, CV, dissertation abstract, writing sample (max. 25 pages), and evidence of teaching excellence, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation (for tenured candidates: names of three referees) sent by November 1, 2018, to the attention of Prof. Kirsten Ostherr, Search Committee Chair, Office of the Dean of Humanities. The RICEWorks link for applications is:

For more information about the Data Science Initiative at Rice, please see:

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic museum district and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of c. 3900 undergraduates and c. 2900 graduate students. Rice ranks no. 14 among national universities and third in undergraduate teaching (2018 US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities. Its hallmarks include a high level of faculty research activity; a 6:1 student-faculty ratio; a commitment to fostering diversity; and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.


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