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The Kimberly J. Jenkins Professorship in New Technologies and Society is designed for a scholar who is a leading expert on the generation, diffusion, and/or social impact of new technologies, such as information technologies. Because information technologies are ubiquitous in virtually all areas of research, intellectual and social life, the Jenkins Professorship is open to senior professors in any field.

Through our many disciplinary and interdisciplinary venues, the Jenkins Professor will have the opportunity to work with an array of Duke’s most exciting students, faculty, programs, and resources. Whether specializing in biosciences or the arts, economics or computer science, engineering or African American studies, law or cultural anthropology, public policy or physics, gender studies or history, the Jenkins Professor should enjoy making connections, provoking reflection, and inspiring innovation across the University.


If appropriate, the Jenkins Professorship can be awarded at the level of a Distinguished University Professorship. Distinguished Chairs are rare at Duke, awarded to those well beyond the full professor level. Additionally, University Professorships are interdisciplinary in scope and are among Duke’s most prestigious appointments. University Professors teach and engage in research (as do other Distinguished Professors at Duke) and also take a leadership role in stimulating intellectual collaborations across departmental and divisional boundaries.


On November 8, 1999, Duke University announced the creation of the Jenkins Professorship made possible by a generous gift from Duke alumna and Trustee Dr. Kimberly J. Jenkins, a leading advocate for innovative uses of technology in education. A ten-member faculty search committee--representing ten academic disciplines and four schools-- was jointly convened by the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Dean of the Natural Sciences to conduct a national search for the first recipient. The first Jenkins Distinguished University Professorship went to Brian Cantwell Smith. Smith held joint appointments in the Departments of Philosophy and Computer Science, had an office in the innovative John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, and was a Faculty Advisory Board member of the interdisciplinary ISIS program (Information Science + Information Studies) until July 2003 when he accepted a position as Dean of Information Science at the University of Toronto in his native Canada. With the announcement of Smith’s departure, a second Jenkins search is under way. As previously, the 2003 search will be conducted by a multi-disciplinary faculty search committee jointly convened by the Dean and Vice Provost.


Nominations and applications for the Jenkins Professorship are now being accepted. Please send inquiries, nominations, and applications to Jenkins Professor Search Committee, Office of the Provost, 212 Allen Building, Box 90003, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0003 or, electronically, to jennifer.phillips@duke.edu. Applications should include a letter of application, a complete vita, and examples of recent work.

Applications received by November 28, 2003, will be guaranteed full consideration. Further information about this position can be found by reviewing the Jenkins Chair website: http://www.duke.edu/web/jenkins/

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Applications by women and minority candidates are especially encouraged.

September 16, 2003