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Professor of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy - Arizona State University

The Society for Social Studies of Science
Washington, DC
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Aug 9, 2022

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Professor of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy - Arizona State University
Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS: seeks to hire a senior faculty member in the field of science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. The successful candidate will primarily work out of ASU's Washington, DC office, and will have an active research, policy engagement, and teaching portfolio related to high priority areas of STI and their intersections with politics, policy, and societal outcomes. They will also be expected to play a key role in helping lead and further develop ASU's Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO: ).

The ideal candidate will have a strong, high-impact record of policy-relevant scholarship and engagement, an active outreach network that includes policy practitioners, and significant experience working in public policy settings. Specific areas of expertise and interest are open, but we are especially interested in candidates working in areas such as data, science and decision making; justice, equity and innovation; health, biomedical research and policy; defense, security and military STI; STI policies and institutions; and public interest technology and the governance and beneficial/responsible development of emerging technologies. Above all, the successful candidate will be someone whose scholarship, policy engagement and teaching inform and integrate with one another, and are strongly complementary with ASU's commitment to "advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves."

A successful candidate could be appointed as a tenured full professor, a research full professor, a clinical full professor, or a professor of practice, depending on their relevant experience. Regardless of professorial track, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute and lead across research, education and engagement, achieving national and international prominence.

Required: PhD, doctoral equivalent or terminal degree in a relevant field. Significant, demonstrated leadership in STI policy scholarship and/or practice.

Desired: Demonstrated experience engaging with STI policy makers, stakeholders and diverse public audiences at local, national and global levels. Demonstrated ability to acquire resources to create and sustain research, educational and/or other programs. A compelling and integrated vision for a scholarship, practice, and engagement that advances the mission of SFIS and ASU.

Offering a full suite of undergraduate and graduate degrees, both in-person and online, SFIS provides a unique interdisciplinary environment for scholarship and practice in STI policy and related areas. SFIS is part of ASU's new College of Global Futures (CGF; , which also houses the nation's first School of Sustainability and the new School of Complex Adaptive Systems. CGF is in turn the lead learning unit within the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory (GFL; , a major priority area within ASU. CSPO, with its consistently high ranking among S&T Policy think tanks world-wide, affords further access to unparalleled academic and professional networks and expertise - including a vibrant array of such collaborations as the Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology network (ECAST: ), the "Future Tense " partnership with New America and Slate , the Issues in Science and Technology magazine partnership with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and a partnership with the international art/science journal Leonardo and the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology ( ). CSPO is one of more than two dozen centers that constitute the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation ( ) within GFL.

Since its creation in 2015, SFIS has maintained that "the future is for everyone." Part of implementing this ethic is creating a diverse faculty that represents both the diversity of interests and issues that humanity faces in its increasingly complex future, and the diversity of students and communities we serve. ASU has a deep commitment to use-inspired, public-serving work in both the local and global contexts (see ASU's design aspirations: ). This commitment is further articulated in ASU's Charter, declaring the university's enduring commitment to the communities in which it is embedded. This year, ASU made a distinctive "commitment to Black students, faculty and staff" ( ; SFIS created a hiring initiative in justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in STI in response ( ).

Application Instructions

Only electronic submissions will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be submitted at and must contain:
  • a detailed cover letter that includes a description of the applicant's research and teaching interests and administrative experience (limited to 4 pages);
  • complete contact information for three professional references (include name, title, affiliation, e-mail address, phone number).
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