All applicants should submit a cover letter, a vita, three representative publications, evidence of teaching excellence, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a statement of current and future research plans, a statement detailing contributions to diversity, and the names of three potential recommendation letter writers. All application materials must be submitted electronically to: http://apply.interfolio.com/98145. Please direct inquiries about this position to the chair of our faculty search committee, Dr. Barry Fishman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications submitted by January 20, 2022 will receive full consideration.
The School of Information (UMSI) at the University of Michigan seeks candidates for a newly created endowed professorship in esports with a focus on data-informed user experience design at the rank of associate or full professor. The rapidly growing area of esports competition has created new opportunities for both the field of human-computer interaction and the use of computer-generated data streams to understand human performance. Ultimately, the University of Michigan seeks to build an academic program for the study of esports that builds connections across disciplines and across campus, including to student-led competitive esports teams. Through this endowed professorship, the School of Information is poised to take a leadership position in this exciting new field.
The successful candidate will be committed to a research program focused on using the esports context to advance user experience design principles and methods using remotely-collected user data. In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in engagement with esports, and for many, this has become their primary spectator sport, surpassing traditional sports. Because of the scale of esports, and the fact that all interactions occur in a digital environment (both participants and spectators), this is a rich domain to explore the use of remotely-collected user data to personalize user experiences. Our highest priority in this search are candidates with an established record of scholarship related to esports. We will also consider candidates who are committed to expanding their current scholarship to include a focus on esports. The successful candidate will also broadly stimulate growth at UMSI and U-M in the use of remotely-collected user data to inform user experience design across a range of application areas. In addition, the successful candidate will be prepared to design and offer a university-level course that uses esports as a platform to explore a range of esports topics – including the experience of esports athletes and audiences – but also covering the economics and management of esports leagues, analytics around esports engagement and viewership, and novel interface approaches (e.g., XR or extended reality). The successful candidate will be expected to build research relationships with the College of Engineering, School of Kinesiology, the Ross School of Business, and other relevant units across the U-M campus.
For all UMSI positions, we favor candidates whose research interests complement our existing expertise in such areas as applied machine learning, computer-supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, incentive-centered design and information economics, information seeking, sharing and use, Internet-scale data, network and text analysis, social computing and informatics, health informatics, and digital archives and preservation. In addition, successful candidates should have a strong track record in terms of their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Job duties include research, teaching, and service. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Conducting scholarly research resulting in publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, edited books, books, and conference proceedings
Seeking outside funding to support their research
Teaching in UMSI’s five academic programs
Mentoring students for independent studies, master’s projects and theses, and doctoral dissertations
Providing service to the school, University, and the broader academic community by way of committee work, journal editing, and other various opportunities
Each contributing member of the UMSI faculty is expected to have teaching effort equivalent to three semester-long courses per year.
Ph.D. in an area such as computer science, human-computer interaction, data science, information, engineering, design, or related fields
A strong interest in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels
Sustained scholarly impact through peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and books
A strong commitment to teaching, interdisciplinary research, and cultural diversity
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