Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer- Social Media, Technology, and Conflict

Carnegie Mellon University
  • Location
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 07

Position description

The Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) at Carnegie Mellon University invites candidates to apply for a special faculty position as an adjunct instructor/lecturer to teach a course in the spring 2021 semester on Social Media, Technology, and Conflict. 

This course is a key course for our undergraduate minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict and also for our graduate degrees- Master of Information Technology Strategy and Master of Science in International Relations and Politics.

This course will examine the role that social media and technology have had on conflict and governance over the past decade. Interconnectedness has expanded dramatically and continues to expand, not only within coastal cities but also between them and their hinterlands, from city to city, and between home populations and global networks, including diaspora populations. The Arab Spring uprisings were significantly influenced by the use of cell phones, social media, and text-messaging as organizing tools. But it is not only protesters that are harnessing the power of social media and emerging technologies- insurgent groups like the Islamic State have been able to use Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and other social media platforms to their advantage. Apps have been used to both recruit and fund raise for terrorist groups, while individuals living on the other side of the world are radicalized by virulent ideologies spread through the Internet. The proliferation of so-called "fake news" and the ubiquity of social media has introduced an entirely new variable into the study of conflict and relations between individuals, small groups, non-state actors, and nation-states.

The spring 2021 semester runs from February 1-May 7, 2021, and due to COVID, the course will be taught remotely via Zoom. The class is being offered Mondays/Wednesdays from 12:20-1:40PM. We have a sizeable enrollment for the course (about 38) and have assigned a graduate student TA to support grading and virtual classroom needs.

The instructor will be paid $10,000 for teaching the semester-long course. This is a part-time position.


Ph.D., JD, (or another terminal degree), or unique combination of experience and expertise in the subject area.


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