The mission of the Wright Center is broad: to study the ways in which computation and the technologies and frameworks that it enables and encourages affects the possibility of just communities on all scales. Examples of such effects would include (but are hardly limited to) the changing nature of privacy and information access in an online and networked world, the ways in which work and healthcare are changing due to computation and technology, and the effects and uses of data in legal contexts. Activities that are already teed up for the Center include a formal arrangement with the World Justice Project to host several instances of their Scholars Workshops and a commitment to run summer schools related to the mission of the center. The Center sits within the Neukom Institute and the Director will have the ability to shape the direction and activities of the Center, in collaboration with the Director of the Neukom Institute. The Director will be able to appoint a Neukom Fellow to support their work. This a three-year one-time renewable appointment.
Preference is for a candidate in the Division of Social Sciences, tenured at the Associate Professor level or above. In some circumstances candidates from other divisions will also be competitive. Note that the Director need not be someone who directly uses computation in their work, but should have some deep appreciation for and understanding of its impact on the possibility of just communities.
Application materials should be sent to Christine Monigle, the Neukom Institute Manager and should include a cover letter, current cv, and a statement of no more than 500 words that speaks to the candidate's suitability for the position and vision for their proposed directorship.