Open Rank Faculty, School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

The School of Information Sciences (iSchool) seeks to hire multiple outstanding full-time faculty members to join our dynamic and collegial School. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit the website here. Data curation. Possible specializations include techniques and systems for curation and management; the behavior and practices of data creators, managers, and users; and policy and governance, including national and international data privacy standards. Open rank. Explainable AI. Relevant topics include transparency, opacity, and explainability in AI algorithms; model interpretability; and inadvertent or deliberate bias. Open rank. Digital Humanities. Relevant topics include not only the development and application of digital techniques in the humanities but also explorations of the larger social and cultural significance of those methods. Open rank. Information, Technology & Society. Relevant topics include the political economy of information; legal and regulatory issues; information ethics, and impact on societies, communities, and democratic government. Contexts may be organizational, public sphere, community, or global contexts. Interpretive and historical perspectives are welcome. Open rank. Preference will be given to the above specializations, but strong candidates in any area will be considered. The iSchool is an established national leader in both groundbreaking information science research and the preparation of leading information professionals. Our faculty have key roles in national initiatives and professional societies and our close relationships with scientific and cultural institutions ensure that our research engages critical societal challenges. The School’s faculty is highly interdisciplinary, with backgrounds in information science, computer science, library science, informatics, engineering science, physics, astrophysics, law, psychology, English, medieval studies, philosophy, sociology, statistics, science and technology studies, and history of American civilization and they hold additional appointments in many other university departments, as well as world-renowned research institutes such as the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Successful candidates must be comfortable working in an interdisciplinary academic unit and addressing audiences in professional master’s degree programs, as well as teaching students from undergraduate to Ph.D. levels. The iSchool offers a Master of Science in Information Management, a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, a Master of Science in Bioinformatics, a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS), and a CAS in Digital Libraries, a Ph.D., and has a School Librarian Licensure Program. The School also participates in a campus-wide undergraduate Informatics minor and the Ph.D. in Informatics, and teaches courses in the Master of Computer Science – Data Science program. The School’s new BS in Information Sciences begins in the fall of 2020. Appointments made under this announcement will be effective August 16, 2020. Rank is open, and salary is commensurate with experience. A Ph.D. degree or equivalent is required though we will consider candidates who are close to completion of the doctoral degree. Information about iSchool programs and faculty can be found here. To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile here and upload your letter of application including the area(s) of interest for which you are applying: Data curation, Explainable AI, Digital Humanities, and/or Information, Technology & Society, complete CV/resume, statement on teaching and research, and a list of three professional references including contact information for full consideration by December 1, 2019. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date, but no hiring decisions will be made until after the search has closed. We especially welcome applications from members of under-represented groups working in these or other areas of the information sciences. For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Lori Kelso, The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Posted: October 28, 2019