President's Newsletter 
Volume 13 - Number 2 - November 2000

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SD Career Link

The SD Career Link was initiated at the 2000 conference in Norway. The site http://www.albany.edu/cpr/sds/sd_career_link.htm currently lists contact information for seven organizations interested in people with system dynamics/systems thinking backgrounds. The SD Career Link is an online information exchange about business and academic careers in the field of system dynamics. The goal of the SD Career Link is to promote awareness of positions in the field and facilitate the exchange of information between organizations seeking candidates and individuals seeking positions. The SD Career Link is hosted by the System Dynamics Society at the University at Albany, and supported by volunteer Society members Kristine Kelly from McKinsey & Company and Rod Brown from Global Strategy Dynamics.

Finding individuals with system dynamics skills can be quite challenging. Similarly, students and practitioners often have difficulty identifying and assessing the range of positions in the field. The SD Career Link is designed to bridge this gap. The site is designed to help organizations recruit individuals in the field of system dynamics and systems thinking. The SD Career Link will host information about specific job openings as well as general statements of interest and will provide direct links to Websites of organizations seeking individuals. 

We would very much like to post more information on the SD Career Link. We are very enthusiastic about the development of the SD Career Link and hope that you will find it a valuable resource. Please contact the Society office if you would like information about your organization and possible position(s) posted on the SD Career Link website. Please find below two new postings:


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Social Science and Policy Studies Department
Tenure Track Faculty Openings
The Social Science and Policy Studies (SSPS) Department at WPI announces two tenure track faculty position in Economics/System Dynamics and Psychology/System Dynamics.

  1. Economics/System Dynamics The selected candidate will teach undergraduate courses in introductory economic theory, system dynamics and one or more of the following elective courses: international economics, development economics, environmental/ecological economics and public finance. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to develop new economics or system dynamics courses related to their interests. A candidate should have a PhD in economics with a strong interest in system dynamics, or a PhD in an equivalent area. The ideal candidate will have research and teaching promise in integrating an area of economics with system dynamics.
  2. Psychology/System Dynamics The selected candidate will teach undergraduate courses in psychology and system dynamics. The psychology courses will include social or cognitive psychology and one or more of the following elective courses: educational psychology, judgment/decision making, environmental problems and human behavior. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to develop new psychology or system dynamics courses related to their interests. A candidate should have a PhD in psychology or equivalent area (e.g., education, judgment/decision making, organizational science). The ideal candidate will have research and teaching promise in an area interfacing psychology and system dynamics (e.g., dynamic decision making, group model building, assessment of learning about complex systems, human/computer interface design). 

The SSPS Department at WPI has multidisciplinary faculty offering majors in economics, system dynamics, technology and society and environmental policy. The Department also offers service courses in the social sciences Institute-wide. Interest in system dynamics as a research and teaching methodology is shared by a majority of faculty members in the department, which is also the first in the world to offer a B.S. in system dynamics.

Applications with vita and at least three references should be sent to the following address, electronically or by mail or fax: Professor Khalid Saeed, Department Head, Social Science and Policy Studies, W.P.I., 100 Institute Rd., Worcester, MA 01609. Phone: 508-831-5296, FAX: 508-831-5896, Email: saeed@wpi.edu. WPI is a leading private university of engineering and applied sciences located in Worcester, MA and is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management

FACULTY POSITION

The MIT Sloan School of Management invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in system dynamics, to begin Fall, 2001. Candidates must have a doctoral degree completed or near completion, have demonstrated strong research ability, and have the capability to teach effectively in a variety of settings, including MBA and executive education. Candidates should have excellent training in the system dynamics simulation technique and/or related modeling methodologies, such as nonlinear dynamics, control theory and computer simulation, as well as research interests relevant to the management and/or behavioral sciences. System dynamics at Sloan is closely affiliated with operations management and the management sciences. Applicants whose substantive research interests are interdisciplinary are particularly invited to apply, including applicants whose research involves the social and behavioral sciences. The MIT Sloan School of Management is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.

Applications, including vita, statement of interest in the position, copies of selected publications, and names of three references, should be sent as soon as possible, but not later than 15 January 2001, to the chair of the search committee, Professor John D. Sterman, MIT Sloan School of Management, Room E53-351, 30 Wadsworth Street, Cambridge MA 02142. Email: jsterman@mit.edu.

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Roberta L. Spencer, Executive Director
System Dynamics Society
Milne 300 - Rockefeller College
University at Albany – SUNY
Albany, New York 12222 USA
Phone: (518) 442-3865     Fax: (518) 442-3398
e-mail: system.dynamics@albany.edu
http://www.albany.edu/cpr/sds/


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