The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for four new full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty positions to start in Fall 2019 or earlier, depending on applicant availability. The rank of each of the positions is specified in the details for that position; rank and salary for successful candidates will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The four positions include:

  1. A Full Professor to hold the endowed Bill and Lewis Suit Professor of Information Technology. This endowed professorship offers a competitive salary and an annual research allowance of approximately $15k. We are particularly seeking a senior scholar with a distinguished track record in information/informatics research in the areas of health, medicine, and/or medical organizations, although exceptional scholars in other areas will also be considered. Details on applying for this full-time tenured position are below.
  2. A Tenured Faculty Member, concurrently appointed as Associate Dean for Education, who will be appointed in a 9-month tenured faculty appointment (either as an associate or full professor, depending on current qualifications and experience) at 0.5 FTE and an administrative (12-month) capacity at 0.5 FTE. We are particularly seeking an established exceptional scholar with an active research program who is also an administrator with a proven track record in developing innovative cross-disciplinary teaching programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Areas of research and teaching focus are open, but should complement the existing strengths of the iSchool. Details on applying for this full-time tenured position are below.
  3. A Tenured Faculty Member, concurrently appointed as Associate Dean for Research, who will be appointed in a 9-month tenured faculty appointment (either as an associate or full professor, depending on current qualifications and experience) at 0.5 FTE and an administrative (12-month) capacity at 0.5 FTE. We are particularly seeking an established exceptional scholar with an active research program who is also an administrator with a proven track record in writing, securing, administering, and disseminating grant-funded research, and leading others in becoming similarly successful. Areas of research and teaching focus are open, but should complement the existing strengths of the iSchool. Details on applying for this full-time tenured position are below.
  4. An Assistant Professor in the early stages of their career who demonstrates exceptional potential as a scholar and researcher. Specific areas of research and teaching focus are open, but should complement the existing strengths of the iSchool. Details on applying for this full-time tenure-track position are below.

For all of the above positions, we only seek candidates with excellent research, teaching, and leadership abilities and a commitment to shaping the future of the UT Austin iSchool and the field of information more broadly.


Qualifications

Candidates must hold a doctorate degree in a field that is relevant to their area of research and be able to articulate clearly in their application materials how they complement the iSchool’s core areas of focus listed at https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/research. For the fullest consideration, please address this fit explicitly in your application.


About the UT Austin iSchool

The goal of the UT Austin iSchool is to be the premier research and education program for the 21st century field of information, advancing knowledge for preserving the past, understanding and managing the present, and designing the future of information in multiple forms and formats and in a wide range of interdisciplinary environments. The iSchool is committed to making a difference in the lives of all people by enabling and supporting the organization and experience of information in ways that enhance the world. The mission of the iSchool includes discovering new and vital knowledge about information, educating the next generation of leaders in the information professions, developing new scholars who will advance knowledge, improving society through service and collaboration, and applying human-centered values to all of our work. For more information about the iSchool, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about/about_us.

The UT Austin iSchool is a founding member of the international iSchools caucus (https://ischools.org/), and has a long history of interdisciplinary scholarship and research focused on the human, social, cultural, and technical aspects of information, broadly conceived. Our program is consistently ranked among the top programs in information internationally. We are a stand-alone school with strong connections across the university and with other institutions nationally and internationally; we are particularly interested in applicants who will further strengthen and extend our collaborative network. We offer master’s and doctoral degree programs, dual master’s degree programs with various partnering units, an integrated bachelor’s in computer science/master’s in information studies, and an undergraduate minor. Our Master of Science degree in Identity Management and Security is offered jointly with the UT Center for Identity. For more details on our current degree offerings, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/programs.

UT Austin is one of the world’s leading research universities, with an internationally distinguished faculty. UT Austin embraces interdisciplinary research, and is the home to more the 200 dedicated research units and centers. For more information on UT Austin, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about/about_ut_austin

About Austin

Austin is a city bursting with entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment to personal freedom, and a passion for discovery. Austin has a vibrant, internationally renowned music, film, and art scene, along with a thriving economy that leads the way in the technology, engineering, and health care sectors. It is a city with natural beauty in abundance, with a glittering lake that runs through the center of the city, year-round sunshine, and a location in the picturesque Hill Country of central Texas. Austin is a creative center that attracts the best and the brightest from around the world. Often referred to as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin hosts major annual events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest (SXSW), which includes Film, Music, and Interactive Festivals as well as SXSW EDU. Austin serves as the corporate headquarters for Fortune 500 companies such as Dell, Whole Foods, and ABM Industries, plus successful tech start-ups such as Aspyr, Hoover’s, and RetailMeNot. Austin also hosts research and development offices for major technology-oriented companies such as Amazon, AMD, Apple, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, Freescale, Google, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Samsung, and Texas Instruments, who have established major operations in Austin to draw from the highly skilled talent the university produces. Savills World Research ranks Austin #1 in the Savills Tech Cities Index. U.S. News and World Report rated Austin #1 in its Best Places to Live list. Expedia ranks Austin #1 in its 21 super cool US cities list. More information on Austin can be found at https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about/about_austin.


Application Instructions

Applications for each position will be accepted until the position is filled. We will begin to review applications and interview candidates on November 1, 2018.

Questions about these positions can be sent to facultysearch@ischool.utexas.edu. UT Austin iSchool faculty, including newly appointed Dean Eric T. Meyer, will be attending conferences this fall including ASIS&T, and will be available for informal discussions about these positions. Applicants based in Europe interested in discussing any of these positions can schedule a meeting with the Dean who will be in Luxembourg, London, and Oxford from 18-24 October: please email facultysearch@ischool.utexas.edu for an appointment.

Please apply via Interfolio's Faculty Search solution. If you do not have a Dossier account with Interfolio, you will be prompted to create a free account prior to applying for the position.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Bill and Lewis Suit Professor of Information Technology

The Bill and Lewis Suit Professorship of Information Technology is designed to support a world-leading scholar and academic. This endowed professorship offers a highly competitive salary and an annual research allowance of approximately $15k. We are particularly seeking a senior scholar with a distinguished track record in information/informatics research in the areas of health, medicine, and/or medical organizations, although exceptional scholars in other areas will also be considered. Applications should be submitted by November 1, 2018 for fullest consideration. Required materials:

  1. Current CV, demonstrating an exceptional research record and international reputation of scholarly distinction and accomplishments in the field of information commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor,
  2. names and contact details of 5 references (no letters are required at this time – references will only be contacted for finalists, and only after consultation with the candidate), and
  3. a cover letter focused on articulating your fit with the UT Austin iSchool and also addressing the following three questions:
    • How would you use the resources and prestige of the endowed professorship to enhance your research agenda?
    • What are the most pressing global challenges related to your areas of research, and what steps would be necessary for UT Austin to become a global leader in addressing one or more of these challenges?
    • What specific steps would you take to increase your leadership using this endowed professorship, which may include collaborations at Austin, nationally, and internationally, and how would the intended outcomes bring acclaim to the iSchool?

Search Committee Chair: Dr. Bo Xie, boxie@utexas.edu

APPLY


Tenured Faculty Member and Associate Dean for Education

The iSchool will be replacing an Associate Dean who is a full-time administrator with two new Associate Deans who will be appointed partly in an administrative (12-month) capacity (at 0.5 FTE), and will hold the remaining 0.5 FTE of their appointment in a 9-month faculty role, either as an associate or full professor, depending on current qualifications and experience. This will allow the post-holder to continue to pursue their research and teaching at a reduced scale while taking on an administrative role. For the Associate Dean for Education, we are particularly seeking an established exceptional scholar with an active research program who is also an administrator with a proven track record in developing innovative cross-disciplinary teaching programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Areas of research and teaching focus are open, but should complement the existing strengths of the iSchool. Applications should be submitted by November 1, 2018 for fullest consideration. Required materials:

  1. Current CV that clearly demonstrates your track record in advancing education, as well as an exceptional research record and international reputation of scholarly distinction and accomplishments in the field of information commensurate with appointment at the rank of associate or full professor,
  2. names and contact details of 4 references (no letters are required at this time – references will only be contacted for finalists, and only after consultation with the candidate), and
  3. a cover letter focused on articulating your fit with the UT Austin iSchool and also addressing the following three questions:
    • What are the specific strategies you have used to create a collegial teaching and learning environment among faculty, staff, and students?
    • What constituencies would you want to attract to our interdisciplinary education programs, and how would you do that?
    • What would you do to further develop an innovative, engaging, and inclusive learning environment for students, and how would this differ for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students?

Search Committee Chair: Dr. Yan Zhang, yanz@ischool.utexas.edu

APPLY


Tenured Faculty Member and Associate Dean for Research

The iSchool will be replacing an Associate Dean who is a full-time administrator with two new Associate Deans who will be appointed partly in an administrative (12-month) capacity (at 0.5 FTE), and will hold the remaining 0.5 FTE of their appointment in a 9-month faculty role, either as an associate or full professor, depending on current qualifications and experience. This will allow the post-holder to continue to pursue their research and teaching at a reduced scale while taking on an administrative role. For the Associate Dean for Research, we are particularly seeking an established exceptional scholar with an active research program who is also an administrator with a proven track record in writing, securing, administering, and disseminating grant-funded research, and leading others in becoming similarly successful. Areas of research and teaching focus are open, but should complement the existing strengths of the iSchool. Applications should be submitted by November 1, 2018 for fullest consideration. Required materials:

  1. Current CV that clearly demonstrates your track record in writing, winning, administering, and disseminating grant-funded research, and supporting others in becoming similarly successful, as well as an exceptional research record and international reputation of scholarly distinction and accomplishments in the field of information commensurate with appointment at the rank of associate or full professor,
  2. names and contact details of 4 references (no letters are required at this time – references will only be contacted for finalists, and only after consultation with the candidate), and
  3. a cover letter focused on articulating your fit with the UT Austin iSchool and also addressing the following three questions:
    • What innovative funding sources would you target for interdisciplinary research on the human, social, cultural, and technical aspects of information? We are particularly interested in strategies you would use to secure funding from alternative sources such as foundations or firms.
    • What specific strategies would you use to increase the success rate of funding applications across the iSchool and with our partners?
    • What enhancements to the research environment do think are necessary for the UT Austin iSchool to excel and to stand out among its peers?

Search Committee Chair: Dr. Ken Fleischmann, kfleisch@ischool.utexas.edu

APPLY


Assistant Professor

The position of Assistant Professor is for an academic in the early stages of their career who demonstrates exceptional potential as a scholar and researcher. Specific areas of research and teaching focus are open, but should complement the existing strengths of the iSchool. Applicants should either have completed a doctoral degree, or be able to convincingly demonstrate that they will complete the degree before September 2019 (e.g. by documenting a scheduled defense/viva). Applications should be submitted by November 1, 2018 for fullest consideration. Required materials:

  1. Current CV,
  2. names and contact details of 3 references (who we may contact at any stage in the hiring process unless candidate indicates otherwise),
  3. a sample of your writing, preferably a pre- or post-print of a first-authored publication,
  4. evidence of teaching ability, such as a summary of teaching evaluations, and
  5. a cover letter focused on articulating your fit specifically with the UT Austin iSchool, addressing how your research overlaps with, enhances, or expands upon that of current faculty, and also addressing the following two questions:
    • What do you consider to be your main intellectual home / professional community, and how would your teaching and professional work contribute to building the profile of that intellectual space within an interdisciplinary iSchool?
    • What is the focus of your next planned research project, what sort of resources would you need to do that work, and how does the research build on and go beyond work you have already done?

Search Committee Chair: Dr. Pat Galloway, galloway@ischool.utexas.edu

APPLY

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