University of California San Diego La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
Aug 12, 2019Full time
Assistant Professor: Society and Ethics in Data Science University of California, San Diego The Department of Communication within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego and Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI) are seeking to make a joint appointment at the Assistant Professor level, to begin Fall 2020 in the following area: Society and Ethics in Data Science . This is a shared appointment between the Department of Communications and Halicioglu Data Science Institute (HDSI) with teaching and service responsibilities evenly distributed between the two units. The Department of Communication will be the candidate's home department and will oversee the process of appointment and future review. Moreover, this search is part of an ongoing cluster hire, sponsored by the Institute for Practical Ethics (IPE) and focused on the social implications and ethics of science, technology and medicine. It is expected that the successful candidate will participate in relevant activities of the IPE. The candidate will also engage in social science research and teaching on the power, peril and promise of data science/artificial intelligence with a focus specifically on how, in what ways, to what ends and with what consequences the infrastructures and methods of data analytics are reshaping social life, political institutions and processes and ethical regimes. Data Science has emerged as an area central to advances in our understanding of nature, improving the quality life and a healthy society. Data collection, stewardship and analyses are already integrated into the infrastructure for commerce, healthcare, governance and education. The ubiquitous practical uses of digital data have raised awareness of the need to further develop the underlying scientific, technological, social and ethical basis for understanding and exploiting data. HDSI is a new strategic academic institute tasked with hosting and coordination of Data Science research and education activities at the University of California, San Diego. Among HDSI academic programs are the Data Science major and minor currently with nearly 600 undergraduate students. The Department of Communication brings multiple disciplinary traditions and methodologies to bear in the study of communication as an institutional, technological, cultural, architectural, and cognitive phenomenon, inextricably anchored in and shaped by questions of democracy, diversity, social justice, and social change.