[Dave Heller graciously allowed me to post this note on the discussion
forum because the jobs forum is not yet in place.]
Dear Colleagues: There are up to four tenure-track positions open at the
School of Informatics, Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
These are at all levels (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor).
We're looking for those who want to join an exciting and new program,
and help it grow. Currently we teach undergraduates, Masters students,
and in about a year we'll have our Ph.D. program in place. The full
description is here:
We're looking for faculty in interaction design as well as new media
design. (We also have an opening in Music Informatics.) Normally, a
person would need a Ph.D. in a related area; however, for the New Media
position, a terminal masters degree such as an MFA would be acceptable
too. Current faculty include Eli Blevis, Yvonne Rogers, and me. Our
focus is human-centered design-not just talking about design, but
actually doing it. The School of Informatics is the first of its kind in
the U.S.; it's a truly interdisciplinary school on the campus (with
equal status to Business, Arts and Science, Education, etc.).
The most compelling vision for the future of the School of Informatics
comes from its founding documents. At Indiana University, Informatics is
"the study of information technology in application and context."
"Informatics is understanding the impact technology has on people, the
development of new uses for technology and the application of
information technology in the context of another field." A Venn diagram,
with three overlapping circles, is a reasonable way to visualize the
The three areas in this diagram include Domain-centered Informatics,
which consists of such areas as bioinformatics, chemical informatics,
music informatics and the area of computational science referred to as
"e-science." It also includes domain-general technologies such as web
and data mining, modeling and simulation, and complex systems. The
second area is Human-centered Informatics, which includes the study of
how information technology influences our lives and the way human and
social requirements drive the technology (social informatics) as well as
the technology that can be designed to improve the human condition
(human-computer interaction design and new media). The third area is
Technology-centered Informatics, which involves the design and analysis
of new information technologies. This last area includes the core of
computer science: programming languages, AI, software and hardware
systems, graphics, databases, networks and protocols, algorithms and
theoretical foundations. Note that the three circles do not represent
disjoint activities and there is often considerable overlap. In fact,
there are important intellectual dependencies between them. In each
case, advances in one area enable new creativity in the other.
If you have any questions, I'd be happy to discuss the program and
positions with you.
Marty Siegel, Ph.D.
Director, HCI Design Program, School of Informatics
Professor, School of Informatics
901 E. 10th Street, Suite 318
Bloomington, Indiana 47408