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February 18th, 2023

3-year, renewable Lecturer position in the Program in Science, Technology & Society at Stanford University.

Stanford has been involved in a major remaking of introductory general education.  The University launched the COLLEGE program as a first-year requirement. You can read about its offerings here: https://college.stanford.edu/courses

The Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) seeks to hire a lecturer who in addition to teaching two sections (one preparation) in one quarter of our COLLEGE course “Preventing Human Extinction,” would teach courses in STS and assist with developing and mounting our capstone requirement. The normal load of a lecturer is the equivalent of 6 courses. (One course may be replaced by administration, curriculum development, or other similar work.)

This appointment will be for three years, with a possibility of renewal. Candidates should have a PhD in science & technology studies or a closely related field, such as sociology, history, anthropology, or media studies of science and/or technology. Successful candidates will have a PhD in hand no later than July 1, 2023. The position will begin on August 1, 2023 and the successful hire will be expected to attend the COLLEGE training program in August.

The application deadline is March 7. You can expect to hear back from us on or before March 21.

The position begins August 1, to accommodate a week or so of required training for COLLEGE teaching during that month.

For more information, please go directly to the application at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/program/24361.

Applicants will teach two sections (one prep) of our frosh-year COLLEGE course “Preventing Human Extinction,” which currently enrolls 180 students. You would be working alongside postdoctoral Teaching Fellows hired specifically for the COLLEGE program. This role is considerably more than a TA-ship. You and the Teaching Fellows will independently design all course assignments and prepare, teach, and grade your own twice-weekly sections in consultation with faculty instructors Paul N. Edwards and Steve Luby.

Unlike the COLLEGE Teaching Fellows (who only teach in that program), you will also teach 3 courses of your own design for STS – most likely capstone courses for our seniors, or STS theory courses designed for sophomores and juniors. Instead of a 6th course, we will assign you other Program-related work, such as coordinating our small but very enthusiastic grad student community.

The syllabus from a previous incarnation of Preventing Human Extinction is attached to this email. Of note – for those of you aware of recent controversies surrounding proponents of Effective Altruism (EA) – neither the course nor the instructors are affiliated with EA, nor do we teach or endorse the questionable ethics of radical longtermism.

Further information about Stanford’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society may be found at https://sts.stanford.edu/. Inquiries about the program or hiring process may be directed to Paul N. Edwards, STS Program Director, pedwards@stanford.edu.