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Requesting your indulgence for slightly off-topic job posting sent in 
the spirit of weak ties so feel free to forward.

Thanks in advance.

Dan Ryan

Mills College Seeks Assistant Professor of Sociology

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology invites applications for a 
tenure-track position in sociology at the assistant professor level 
beginning August, 2007. We seek a colleague with the potential to be an 
exceptional teacher and mentor, an active intellectual, and a productive 
scholar in the liberal arts college context.

The ideal candidate will have a broad and flexible pedagogical 
repertoire that complements the departmentís existing strengths and 
resonates with other programs at the college. We are particularly 
interested in candidates who can teach courses about gender and the 
Chicana/o/Latina/o experience in the U.S. and contribute to teaching 
required core courses on a rotating basis.

Materials should include a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, 
and a personal/professional statement. We are interested in hearing from 
candidates and/or referees about demonstrated or potential excellence in 
undergraduate teaching, breadth and flexibility of teaching repertoire 
(current and future interests), agenda for scholarship and publication, 
interest in working with women undergraduates in a liberal arts 
environment that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, and 
experience and capacity to contribute to the diversity of the college.

Mills College faculty teach five semester courses per year and are also 
expected to advise majors and non-majors, to supervise undergraduate 
research, participate in the general education program of the College, 
and engage in college service. Salary and benefits are competitive.

Please submit applications and materials to:

Sociology Search Committee
Mills College
Oakland, CA 94613

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2006. Located in the 
San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a selective liberal arts 
college for women with coeducational graduate programs. Persons of color 
and those committed to working in a multicultural environment are 
encouraged to apply. AA/EOE

Garry Robins wrote:
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> Have a look at:
> Robins, G.L., Pattison, P., & Woolcock, J. (2005). Small and other 
> worlds: Global network structures from local processes. American Journal 
> of Sociology, 110, 894-936.
> where we "freeze" and "melt" various network structures.
> The link to statistical mechanics and hence to temperature is quite 
> overt because the models have similar forms.
> Garry Robins
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>> I have spent some time trying to conceptualize an issue that I think
>> borders on SNA if it isn't part of it.  Perhaps a mathematician or
>> physicist in recovery or someone else might help.
>> I would like to theorize that the melting characteristic of
>> organizations that I am finding in my qualitative research is due to an
>> increased energy in the movement and mobility of persons into and out of
>> places.  This is both a mobility of physical movement and a mobility of
>> connectivity through IT--email, phone, web, etc.
>> My mental picture of this is molecules in motion with various types of
>> contexts yielding state changes, etc. in various situations.  Thus there
>> might be analogues for PV=nRT etc.
>> Thus, bureaucratic organizations (the state, corporations, etc.) are
>> relatively like ice cubes--rigid, fixed, and fairly stable in molecular
>> terms.  As energy in systems heats up, the ice melts and fractures and
>> bonds become more liquid.  Eventually energy inherent in relationships
>> reaches levels where the relationships are not liquid-like but more
>> gaseous.
>> Energy is a function of the motility of information.
>> Certain organizations are like containers of liquids and cubes made of
>> ice.  Nation-states might fit this bill as might language groups or what
>> I call ontologies--e.g. religious views.
>> Because I am interested in actor-network-theory, I also postulate that
>> organizations with rigid physical structures as actants (e.g. buildings,
>> HQs, specific types of systems, accounts, etc.) are also more ice-like
>> and that information is less likely to flow far and with greater energy
>> in such organizations.  As they melt, there is a sort of slush.
>> I am trying to get past the metaphor stage.  Any ideas on how to begin
>> to look at a "kinetic SNA" (i.e. relationships as expressions of
>> energy)?  Has this path already been worked out?  I can't find it if it
>> has.
>> Ryan Lanham
> Dr Garry Robins
> Department of Psychology
> School of Behavioural Science
> University of Melbourne
> Victoria 3010
> Australia
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