They say MIT puts a high values on credentials, but not at the Media Lab. Director Joi Ito, never graduated from college. His tech and Internet chops got him the job. (Ito is board chair of Creative Commons, an early investor in both Twitter and Flickr, and according Time Magazine, a member of the “cyber-elite.” )
So, no PhD required for the openings at the he Media Lab, where they are seeking twos professors of “music, performance, arts, design, food, fashion, architecture, games, things we have not thought of, or any combination thereof.”
More from an ad for two tenure-track openings:
An anti-disciplinary research organization, the Media Lab focuses on the invention of new technologies that radically improve the way people live, learn, express, work, and play. Candidates should have a record of original thinking, action, and impact in the arts, design, and quality of life. Applicants should be willing to take risks commensurate with the Media Lab’s willingness to look beyond known boundaries and disciplines.
Successful candidates will establish and lead their own research group within the Media Lab; pursue creative work of highest international standard; engage in collaborative projects with corporate members and other Media Lab research groups; supervise master’s and doctoral students; and participate in the Media Arts and Sciences academic program.…Appointments will be within the Media Arts and Sciences academic program, principally at the assistant professor level. A doctorate is not necessary, but evidence of extreme creativity is.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2012