Assistant Professor, School of Information Science (2 Positions Available)

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Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences (2 positions available)

College of Communication and Information

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Position Description

The School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), seeks two Assistant Professors for 9-month, tenure-track positions to start in January or August 2023. The successful candidates will conduct research, teach, and advise students in our ALA-accredited master’s degree program, college-wide doctoral program, and the undergraduate program in Information Sciences. Teaching modes include face-to-face, synchronous online, asynchronous online, and hybrid. School, college, university, and professional service are also expected.

SIS enrolls approximately 300 students in its Master of Science in Information Sciences (MSIS) distance education and on-campus programs, ranked 10th in the most recent U.S. News and World Report on American Library Association-accredited LIS graduate programs.  SIS also offers the state’s first Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences degree, an undergraduate minor in information sciences, and a soon-to-be-launched undergraduate minor in user experience design. SIS is also an active participant in the CCI Ph.D. program.  The College’s Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) provides a wide array of support services for CCI faculty to pursue sponsored research.

Required Qualifications:

·      Ph.D. in information sciences, computer science, or related area (applicants in the process of completing their Ph.D. may apply, but the degree must be awarded on/by position start date)

·      Evidence of ability to develop a record of research productivity and teaching effectiveness in the broad areas of information sciences, human-computer interaction (HCI), user experience design (UXD), data science, and information security/integrity

·      Evidence of ability to instruct students at the graduate and/or undergraduate level

·      Experience or demonstrated ability in the design and delivery of courses in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, synchronous online, asynchronous online, and hybrid

·      Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and experience in–or the potential for–building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service

·      Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff from various disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds are essential

Applications from individuals with research and/or teaching interests in one or more of the following areas are especially welcome (listed in alphabetical, not priority, order):

·      Archives, records management, and/or special collections

·      Data science and/or computational social science

·      Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)/User Experience Design (UXD)

·      Information retrieval and Interaction

·      Information security/integrity and/or cybersecurity

·      Machine learning, artificial intelligence, human-AI interaction, and ethical/social AI

·      Public librarianship

·      School librarianship

We are particularly interested in applicants with research and teaching interests in areas that extend the school’s areas of expertise and make theoretical/practical contributions to the library and information science field to strengthen its identity. Experience in industry, or other professional settings, is also a plus.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

·      A record of published scholarship as lead or sole author

·      Experience or demonstrated ability in the design and delivery of courses in a face-to-face, synchronous online, asynchronous online, and/or hybrid formats

·      Experience teaching one or more courses as the instructor of record at the graduate or undergraduate level

·      Experience in–or the potential for–building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service.

The School and College

The School of Information Sciences is part of the College of Communication and Information (CCI), along with three other schools: Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations, School of Communication Studies, and School of Journalism and Electronic Media. The School of Information Sciences is an iCaucus member of the iSchools Consortium.

The School of Information Sciences and the College of Communication and Information have a deep institutional commitment to diversity and strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. We favor candidates who can contribute to our distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility and the ethical implications of technology, information, and systems.  The School’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement and the College’s diversity action plan can be viewed at https://www.sis.utk.edu/diversity-inclusion and https://cci.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/CCI-DiversityActionPlan-Final-1-1-21.pdf. 

For more information about the School of Information Sciences and the College of Communication and Information, visit https://sis.utk.edu/ and https://cci.utk.edu/.

The University

The University of Tennessee is Tennessee’s land grant, flagship public university enrolling approximately 31,000 students at its Knoxville campus.  UTK is Tennessee’s only public Carnegie RU/VH (Research Universities/Very High Research Activity) institution and is currently ranked 46th among public universities by U.S. News & World Report. For more information about The University of Tennessee Knoxville, visit https://www.utk.edu/.

The Community

Knoxville is a vibrant city located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in East Tennessee. The city, population of 187,000, is the third-largest city in Tennessee. Over 850,000 people live in the Knoxville metropolitan area. This moderate-sized city has a vibrant nightlife with numerous theaters and museums, traditional bluegrass music, a symphony orchestra and an opera company, world-class restaurants, many cultural festivals, and a downtown market square. The Knoxville area boasts wonderful year-round outdoor activities, surrounded by lakes and the Tennessee River and within sight of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Knoxville is also home to many leading corporations, including Pilot Flying J; Ruby Tuesday, Bush Brothers & Company, Discovery Inc.’s National Operating Center, Regal Cinemas, TVA, and Alcoa. For more information about Knoxville, Tennessee, visit https://www.visitknoxville.com/.

Application Information and Procedures

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at the University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee. This non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations, in accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate based on race, sex, or disability in its educational programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

The University of Tennessee is utilizing Interfolio to conduct this search. 

Individuals interested in applying for the position should submit the following materials:

1.     a letter of application

2.     a statement of research interests

3.     a statement of teaching philosophy

4.     a diversity statement

5.     a current curriculum vitae, and

6.     a list of three references. 

Please submit your application through https://apply.interfolio.com/112008.

Contact:  sisfacultysearch@utk.edu (Subject line: Assistant Professor Faculty Position) for questions.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. This position will be available for successful applicants to join the UTK SIS faculty in January or August 2023. 

To apply for this job please visit apply.interfolio.com.