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Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 16:26:10 -0800
Subject: postdocs, ethnography of digital kids
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Postdoctoral Research Associates
Annenberg Center for Communication University of Southern California
The Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California invites applications for two postdoctoral research positions, sponsored by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. The positions are for one year with the possibility of renewal for two more years. The postdoctoral researchers will work as fieldworker/ethnographer son a project on "digital kids"and informal learning, which involves foundational research on how children and youth are using information and communication technologies and participating on the Internet. At USC, the project is led by Mizuko Ito, and is part of a broader project involving Peter Lyman and Barrie Thorne at UC Berkeley, and Michael Carter at the Monterey Institute of Technology and Education.
Responsibilities would involve monitoring and participating in online activity, conducting interviews with kids and parents, and participant observing in schools and community programs. Researchers would also be responsible for analyzing, writing, and presenting results, and considering policy and design implications of the ethnographic research. We seek candidates with backgrounds in fields such as science and technology studies, information sciences, communications, education, anthropology, and sociology with interest in areas related to new media, education, and childhood studies. The ideal candidate would have experience in ethnographic fieldwork, collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and experience working with kids and families. For one of the positions, we are seeking a scholar who is fluent in Spanish. The positions will be full time, with a yearly salary of $40,000 plus benefits, and researchers will be expected to be in residence in the Los Angeles area.
Applications should include a CV, a cover letter including a personal statement, and a brief statement of research goals and experience in relation to ethnographic research on kids and technology. Three letters of recommendation are to be sent directly by the writers (letters may also be faxed to 213-747-4981). Address all application materials to Donna Coleman, Annenberg Center for Communication, University of Southern California, 734 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Email contact: dcoleman who-is-at annenberg.edu. The deadline for receipt in our office is April 30, 2005.
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