UCSB job with Media Industries Project

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 (All day)

Connected Viewing Initiative

Project Lead (Job # CFTM 1110) 

UC Santa Barbara's Carsey-Wolf Center (CWC) seeks a Project Lead to implement a new initiative of its Media Industries Project (MIP) on “connected viewing” and online media consumption. The Initiative is a collaborative venture with Warner Bros. that will investigate emerging trends in distribution and audience engagement with media products in an era of digitization and social networking. Working under the direction of MIP’s Principal Investigators and the CWC Executive Director, the Project Lead will supervise a team of researchers and conduct his/her own research. The initiative aims to deliver a variety of outcomes (e.g., publications, reports, online materials) by the end of the first year.

The Connected Viewing Initiative will be a major focus for MIP’s upcoming year. MIP is a multidisciplinary project that examines major trends reshaping the media industries and their consequences for producers, distributors and consumers. Our research agenda focuses on digitization, globalization, and creative labor. Collaborators include media studies and communication scholars, as well as industry experts in related fields (http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/mip).

We are looking for an individual with a scholarly background in media industries with a focus on digital media – ideally as it relates to practices of connected viewing.  Applicants should have the ability to oversee and manage a dynamic, multi-dimensional, large-scale research project with multiple teams while conducting a dedicated project of his/her own. Applicants should have expertise with issues related to the convergence of traditional and new media industries, including familiarity with relevant technologies, industry trends, professional practices, policy concerns, and social issues.

Applicants should have excellent communication and writing skills, and be comfortable interacting with high-level media professionals, scholars, and the public. A Ph.D. in media studies, communication, or a related field is required, and candidates should be published in her/his field of expertise and currently engaged in a relevant program of scholarly research.

The position is an Academic Coordinator II, Step 3 at 100% time for 12 months, which is renewable based on satisfactory performance reviews and available funding to continue the project. Full health and disability benefits are included.

Specific duties include:

•                Manage and direct all development of the Connected Viewing Initiative research projects, publications, and communication

•                Work closely with Warner Bros. personnel to identify key areas of shared interest and important resources for research teams

•                Lead a dedicated research team and coordinate external teams

•                Provide oversight of graduate student research assistants on the Initiative

•                Serve as the point person for communications between Warner Bros. personnel and MIP

•                Organize and convene two research summits to discuss progress and engage in collaborative consultation with team members, MIP and CWC staff, and Warner Bros. executives

•                Coordinate final presentation of research to Warner Bros. at the end of the first year

•                Collaborate with university development staff to continue fundraising efforts related to the Connected Viewing Initiative

The Center is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. University of California is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

To Apply

Please submit application letter, CV and contact information for at least 3 references via email to lfrench@carseywolf.ucsb.edu:

Academic Coordinator Position (Job # CFTM1110)

University of California, Santa Barbara

Carsey-Wolf Center

Attn: LeeAnne French

4431 SS&MS Building

Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4010

Apply by 8/3/11. Open until filled.


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