Assistant Professor, Information Science - SLIS - 517928
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Internal Number: 517928
Department/Organization 207401 - School of Library and Info Studies
Rank Assistant Professor
Position Summary The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) seeks a faculty member for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor to begin August 16, 2023. Appointments to the faculty of The University of Alabama are based on the personnel requirements of the University’s academic programs and on the goal of achieving and maintaining excellence in its teaching, research, and service/academic citizenship activities.
Detailed Position Information We seek a faculty colleague to contribute to an active community of researchers, artists, and educators. The ideal candidate will have a research agenda focused on information science broadly defined to include technology and human aspects of systems. Areas of interest include, but are not limited, to: • Social Informatics • User experience design (UX/UI)/Human-computer interaction (HCI) • Human-Centered Data Science • Machine learning, human-AI interaction, Responsible AI The successful candidate will have an opportunity to help shape the character and direction of the School as it embarks on development of an undergraduate informatics initiative. All faculty members work with diverse constituencies, contribute to our social justice-driven curriculum, and maintain a rigorous research agenda. Participation in interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement initiatives are strongly encouraged.
Minimum Qualifications • Earned doctorate or nearing completion in information science or related field • Demonstrated ability to design, conduct, and publish rigorous research • Evidence of an emerging research agenda • Commitment to continuous improvement and teaching excellence • Commitment to professional service
Preferred Qualifications • Collaborative research mindset • Experience and/or intent to seek funding to support research • Interest in community engagement • A commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in research, teaching, and service efforts • Experience teaching information science or cognate areas at the undergraduate level • Evidence of successful online course development and delivery
Instructions and Required Materials for Application To apply, go to https://careers.ua.edu to complete an online application and provide: • A cover letter (1-2 pages) detailing interest in and suitability for the position; • Statement of research philosophy; • One article-length scholarly writing sample; • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations; peer observations of teaching); • A curriculum vitae; • Contact information for three professional references.
Applicants are also encouraged to describe their unique approaches to IDEA through presentation of their submission materials using one of the following prompts: • How do you see IDEA operationalizing in organizations and/or in the classroom? How would you respond to the gaps that frequently emerge between organizational statements supporting IDEA and the reality that people in those organizations continue to experience inequities nonetheless? • Share about any training around IDEA that you might have found valuable in your workplace and/or life experiences.
Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries about the positions may be sent to Dr. Laurie J. Bonnici, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Division/College/School The College of Communication and Information Sciences is home to state-of-the-art media and research facilities like the Digital Media Center and the Institute for Communication and Information Research. The College's students and programs have won several regional and national awards in multiple areas ranging from forensics and debate to being named PRWeek's Most Outstanding Education Program. The College offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, communication studies, creative media, news media and public relations; master’s degrees in advertising and public relations, book arts, communication studies, journalism and creative media, and library and information studies; and a multidisciplinary doctoral degree in communication and information sciences. With an award-winning faculty and staff and commitment to innovative scholarship and teaching, the College of Communication and Information Sciences is dedicated to realizing the potential of communication and information to make everyone’s world a better place.
SLIS offers an ALA-accredited master's program, an MFA degree program in the book arts, and doctoral courses that contribute to a multidisciplinary doctorate in communication and information sciences. We are at an exciting juncture in the history of our school with new leadership and vision dedicated to facilitating a global vision of LIS education and building a community of scholars.
About the University The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.
A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.
As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.
About Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.
It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.
With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.
Background Investigation and EEO Statement Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
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