Faculty Positions in the Future of Work


The University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs is seeking applications for two faculty positions specializing in one or more dimensions of the complex and inter-related ethical, economic, social and policy questions at the intersection of artificial intelligence, data science, automation and the future of work.

The search is open rank, and extends to those whose professional and/or academic background would qualify them as professors of the practice, or as tenured/tenure-track scholars. In either case, the successful candidate(s) will draw on and conduct research that has direct application to questions of policy. The appointed candidate’s specific responsibilities will depend on the nature and rank of the appointment, but will include research, teaching, and public practice components. Applicants for these positions may come from any relevant field in economics, sociology, business, and/or public policy. Experts in labor economics, the sociology of labor and related fields are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate(s) will contribute to research and teaching programs in the McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business. These two positions are being posted as part of a wider cluster hiring process that will include other faculty positions in technology ethics, data analytics and other related fields related to the university’s commitment to an integrated approach to the social and ethical dimensions of technology and to advanced uses of data analytics. In that regard, the successful candidate(s) will be affiliated with one or both of Notre Dame’s related new initiatives: the Technology Ethics Center and the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society.

This faculty search is inspired by the rapidly accelerating introduction of digital and data-driven transformation that is driving major structural and social change. While offering many positive social benefits, this digital revolution is radically disrupting labor markets, and creating growing anxiety among working men and women about their livelihood security and that of their children. In the face of such dramatic change, how should society respond? How can this digital revolution bring meaningful changes to society? What ethical questions must be posed and what policies put forward to mitigate any social and economic fallout? Do we really appreciate the deeper existential meaning of work for individuals and families? Will the promise of this new world of work enhance human dignity, reward and sense of self or diminish it? Will the new opportunities for decent and meaningful work in this new digital age keep pace with the demand for good jobs? Is the gig economy and all the leisure it promises really the basis for a decent livelihood and quality of life or will it only increase stress and ensure a permanent condition of economic fragility and economic insecurity? What new skills will be required to succeed in this new labor force of the future? What role will governments and companies need to play in ethically and responsibly managing the transition to this post-industrial economy? These are but a sampling of the kinds of questions scholars at the University of Notre Dame will seek to answer through interdisciplinary research initiatives in the coming years.

The successful candidate[s] will have outstanding records of achievement in research, teaching and/or public service and leadership in program development. We seek complementary competencies in these two positions, taken together, albeit within the context of the future of work. The range includes quantitative and qualitative research methods, data science and artificial intelligence, a demonstrated track record of inter-disciplinary collaboration, and experience in translating critical research into actionable policy propositions.

The balance of research, teaching and service/practice responsibilities in the McKenna Center and the Keough School will reflect the candidate’s specific qualifications and experience. Research in our multi-disciplinary context will explore the future of work across sectors and drive the formulation of appropriate public and private sector strategies and policies for mitigating the most socially and economically deleterious effects of widespread digitization and automation. Teaching in the Keough School curriculum will focus on topics relevant to managing the transition to the digital future. These courses will familiarize graduate and undergraduate students with the research methods and data analytics central to understanding critical aspects of this digital transition; engage students on its ethical, social, and economic implications; and challenge students to delve into likely social and economic challenges and consequences that may require action by either state or private sector actors in the form of structural or organizational change or policy remedies.

In addition to a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae, applicants should submit the names of three references. The search committee will only request letters of recommendation for finalists.

Nominations and inquiries may be sent via email to:

Raymond Offenheiser, Search Committee Chair
Director, Pulte Institute for Global Development
Acting Director, McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business
Keough School of Global Affairs
University of Notre Dame

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. The position will close to new applications on November 30, 2020.

All application materials must be submitted through the Interfolio/Notre Dame online application system.

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