Virginia Tech — Open Rank Faculty, (1) Cyber Technology & Policy and (2) Data, Equity & Diversity

Job Description
The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech seeks to fill two faculty positions to advance transdisciplinary research, teaching, and public engagement: (1) Cyber Technology and Policy and (2) Data, Equity, and Diversity. Both positions will actively contribute to at least one of the supporting Destination Areas (+ Policy; Data and Decisions; Equity, Social Disparity & the Human Condition), which are university-wide, cross-cutting transdisciplinary communities addressing thematic challenges that impact the human condition. In addition, both positions may contribute to the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’s new Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies. Positions are open rank, tenured or tenure-track, to start in August 2021.

Successful applicants will demonstrate an active program of research and scholarship, with commitment to: participating in transdisciplinary collaborations that address contemporary, complex problems; and improving lives consonant with Virginia Tech’s Beyond Boundaries goals of advancing Virginia Tech as an internationally-recognized, global land-grant university and strategically addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing landscape of higher education. Applicants should be prepared to teach a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants are expected to pursue extramural funding in support of their research and scholarship. Occasional travel to attend national conferences and meetings is required. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be appointed as tenure-track or tenured faculty in one of the departments or schools in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Applicants working in fields outside of disciplines represented in the College (including, but not limited to, anthropology, data science, information science, law, public health) are welcome. Successful applicants must be tenurable in CLAHS. We seek applicants who work broadly within two specific areas:

Cyber Technology and Policy focuses on policy related to innovative technologies (broadly construed) of large scale that have high potential to radically alter foundational aspects of national, international and global society.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • Complex decision-making at the nexus of cyber technology policy and large-scale systems and structures (for example, economic, governance, climate and natural resources, schools, families)
  • Ethics, equity, parity, and social justice related to cyber technology (e.g., artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, algorithms), including impacts of technology on humanity and the natural world
  • Regulatory challenges of emergent cyber technologies
  • Intersection of cyber technology policies and non-human systems (e.g., energy, environment)
  • Educational and policy implications for providing training and opportunities for cyber technology professionals
  • The transformation of work and occupations related to emergent cyber technologies

The successful Cyber Technology and Policy applicant will be expected to teach within the newly approved Science, Technology, and Engineering in Policy (STEP) Graduate Certificate Program.

Data, Equity, and Diversity brings the analytical framework of critical data studies as well as perspectives from race, ethnic, and gender studies to the examination of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and human computer interactions as social problems, expressions of identity, regulatory mechanisms, and emancipatory acts. This position affirms that research, teaching, and public engagement occur most productively in a transdisciplinary framework, as data analysis and interpretation must involve social science methods, ethical concerns, and humanistic orientations. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Algorithmic decision making, predictive analytics, and social justice
  • Social media, regulatory policies, and individual identity
  • Systemic inequality, institutional racism, and data collection
  • Surveillance, tech platforms, and structured inequality

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent in related field, completed prior to position start date
  • Active program of research and scholarship
  • Evidence of effective teaching ability
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to transdisciplinary teaching, research and scholarship

Preferred Qualifications

  • Accomplishments in public outreach and engagement related to the candidate’s area of research and scholarship

Appointment Type

Review Date
Screening of applications will begin April 7, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.

Additional Information
All interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Direct inquiries about the positions to the chair of the search committee: Karen A. Roberto.

Applications will be accepted online. Applicants should submit a letter (3-page maximum) explaining how their research, teaching, and public engagement would contribute to advancing the college and university’s focus on transdisciplinary initiatives. Applicants should also submit a CV along with the names and contact information for three references. Please do not send any other materials at this time. After an initial review, applicants may be asked for additional materials, including research statement, writing sample, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, and recommendation letter

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Tasia Persson by phone at 540-231-6779 or by email at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: March 8, 2021

Applications close: Open until filled