Drumroll please…. Alice is going on the job market this year!
After a wonderful two years as a postdoc here in Comparative Media Studies at MIT, I am preparing to enter the tenure-track job market this year. From October to February, I will send letters, requests, and papers to everyone willing to consider hiring someone like me. I’m not just looking for academic positions, though. I am open to finding a good fit in the private sector/real world, so I’ll be tapping my social network for leads.
I’m hoping that I’ll find a position with an equal balance of research and teaching in a department or program looking for someone in some combination of the following: digital literacy, new media, videogames and web 2.0 cultures, writing, composition and rhetoric, social-science methods, communication, culture, and so on. Of course there are a lot of ways to define these things, and there are a lot of different kinds of jobs I could see myself doing.
Why the long list? I’ve been in a lot of programs, departments, and disciplines. I’ve been in creative writing, literature, literacy (in writing studies/English and K-12 education), language (courses in sociolinguistics and discourse), writing and composition studies, and now media and videogame studies. Writing and literacy have always been the central threads of my work, with a heavy emphasis on pedagogy and literacy learning, especially videogames.
So there you have it. I’m polishing my CV (see my Vita page here for the most recent version), asking for recommendations, proofreading my writing samples and statements of teaching philosophy, and composing many, many cover letters. It’s a huge undertaking but I’m hopeful that I’ll land in the right place. Stay tuned.