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[Xmca-l] Fwd: [Data & Society] Researcher Job Opening: Enabling Connected Learning, Data & Society

Thought folks might find this opportunity of interest.

Rafi Santo
Project Lead
Hive Research Lab
A project of Indiana University and New York University

Indiana University - Learning Sciences

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 *From: *danah boyd <danah@datasociety.net>
 *Date: *November 16, 2014 at 10:54:12 PM EST
 *To: *friends <friends@lists.datasociety.net>
 *Subject: **[Data & Society] Researcher Job Opening: Enabling Connected
Learning, Data & Society*
 *Reply-To: *danah boyd <danah@datasociety.net>

 *Can you forward this to folks in your network? *


 The Data & Society Research Institute <http://www.datasociety.net/> is
looking to hire a researcher who can help design and execute a research
agenda to enable connected learning.  Full job description available here:

 Data & Society is a New York City-based research institute dedicated to
addressing social, technical, ethical, legal, and policy issues that are
emerging because of data-centric technological development. D&S brings
together researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators,
journalists, geeks, and public intellectuals to gather, debate, and engage
one another on the key issues introduced by the increasing availability of
data in society.

 *The Enabling Connected Learning Initiative*
Enabling Connected Learning is a new Data & Society initiative, spearheaded
by our founder, danah boyd, and supported through a grant from the John D.
and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The goal of the project is to better
understand the relationship between U.S. governmental policy, technology
development, and innovative learning and education initiatives. This
project recognizes the importance and goals of connected learning
<http://connectedlearning.tv/>  an educational approach designed to
leverage technology and learner-driven interests to enable learning. This
project is also seeking to enable the cities of learning
<http://citiesoflearning.org/> movement in order to create bridges between
different learning environments, all with the learner at the center.

 Federal and state policies focused on children, education, and technology
shape what learning initiatives are possible.  Privacy, safety, and
security all shape the trustworthiness of different digital platforms and
learning ecosystems, even as data can be used to enable new forms of
learning and new opportunities for advancing education.  While these issues
are publicly debated and politically fraught, research to ground these
conversations is limited. The goal of this project is to better understand
exactly how existing and proposed policies affect connected learning

 *Job Description*
We are seeking either a full-time or part-time researcher to help drive the
research components of this project. Start date is negotiable and the
appointment is for two years (with renewal possibilities). Applicants
should have a PhD in a social science or related field or significant
experience doing similar types of research. Applicants may be postdocs or
more advanced researchers. This is a fully funded position with benefits
and vacation; salary is dependent on experience. The appointment requires
residency in New York. Travel may be necessary, both for conducting the
research and for disseminating findings.

 This project will involve qualitative interviewing and may also involve
content analysis, policy analysis, and survey work depending on the
questions that emerge from the initial research. The researcher would work
as a part of a research team, collaborating with danah and with other
research assistants and researchers.  Core findings from the work will be
published through white papers and in public-facing venues but researchers
are also encouraged to publish scholarly contributions in peer-reviewed

 This position is ideal for a qualitative researcher who is seeking to do
impact-oriented research at the intersection of education and learning,
policy, and technology; to be a part of a research team; and to be situated
in a community of researchers all looking to understand the intersection of
technology and society. While researchers are also encouraged to pursue
their own research agenda during this appointment, executing this project
must take priority.

• PhD in social science or related field, or equivalent research experience
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated interest and knowledge in qualitative methodology and some
combination of education/learning, technology, and policy
• Curious and collaborative self-starter who can help drive a project
forward (usually involves herding cats)
• Knowledge of some combination of: education/technology policy, education
technologies, digital media & learning initiatives, and/or education
practices is a plus


 To apply, please send an email to danah boyd at
learning-job@datasociety.net with the subject “Connected Learning
Application” and include the following attachments:
• One-page, single-spaced personal statement, including a description of
research experience, interests, and professional goals
• CV or resume
• Writing sample (preferably a journal article or equivalent research
• Links to online presence (e.g., blog, homepage, Twitter, journalistic
endeavors, etc.)
• The names and email addresses of two recommenders
• A cover letter that includes citizenship/legal residency status, current
city of residence, available start date, and any other practical
consideration that may be important for us to know

 We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to do
so until we find the right researcher. Please contact us should you have
any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or
process will not reflect negatively on your application.

 *The work and well-being of the Data & Society Research Institute is
strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in
background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual
orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of color,
women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities. *

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