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College of Information and Communications

Employment Opportunity

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Data, Media and Society (at the intersection of Race and Ethnicity)

The School of Information Science at University of South Carolina (the iSchool) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position starting August 16, 2021.

Applicants must hold an earned doctoral degree in library and information science or a closely related field by the start date of employment; however, advanced ABDs may be considered with evidence of progress towards timely degree completion.  Applicants must demonstrate a record of, or the potential for: 1) actively engagement with the theories and methodologies currently informing the study of information/media and race, 2) contributing instructional expertise to one or more of the iSchool’s major programs: the MLIS program (with concentrations in equity and social justice, public libraries, archives and preservation, and information science); the Ph.D. program; and/or the information science undergraduate major and minor (data science and informatics); 3) mentoring graduate students; and 4) developing a program of research and scholarship in their specialty area.

The iSchool is deeply committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable and inclusive faculty and community.   As a highly multidisciplinary academic unit, the iSchool welcomes faculty from all relevant backgrounds. We especially encourage applicants with expertise in certain specialties (e.g., social computing, statistics, social/behavioral sciences, ethnic studies, etc.) with relevance to pressing social issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion -- especially furthering racial justice, reconciliation, and repair.   

The School of Information Science

Our diverse, engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment within the school. In addition, a rich potential for collaborative and  interdisciplinary connections exist across the university including for example: The U of SC Arnold School of Public Health, the College of Education, and our sister school the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. 

Examples of existing faculty research expertise include: information behavior and information practices of marginalized groups; misinformation and disinformation; equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice; LIS Education; accessibility and disability studies; public libraries and cultural heritage institutions; diversity in children's literature; community literacy; school librarianship; knowledge management; international librarianship; social media analysis, big data and text mining; copyright; medical and health informatics; data analytics; information visualization; health and medical librarianship; critical youth studies; information policy; digital inclusion; and, information access and information poverty.

College of Information and Communications

The College of Information and Communications is home to two nationally recognized schools, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Information Science. Across its two schools this year, the college is searching for up to three new faculty positions to enhance the college’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The college provides outstanding teaching, research and community outreach. As such, it is one of only a few universities to combine its communications and information science programs, two rapidly evolving — and converging — fields united by a shared belief that information accessibility is the cornerstone of self-governance. The College has approximately 1,800 undergraduates, 400 graduate students, and more than 100 faculty and staff members. New assets available to faculty and students in both schools include: The Social Media Insights Lab and the Biometric and User Experience Lab. Both are designed to facilitate the study of issues related to data, media and their impact on society. 

The University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina in Columbia is the major research institution of the University of South Carolina system and its largest campus, enrolling approximately 35,000 students. The university offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral  and professional program levels. Founded in 1801, it is among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities and is one of only 32 public universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s top-tier designations in both research activity and community engagement. South Carolina’s capital city is currently undergoing a number of urban revitalization projects and offers residents a growing range of artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

How to Apply

All applicants must complete an online application at USC Jobs:

Candidates should be prepared to upload a CV, letter of application, research statement, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, list of references including their names, phone numbers, and email addresses, and any additional materials that demonstrate educational and academic experience. The School has a strong interest in ensuring that all candidates hired for faculty appointments share our commitment to educational access, excellence, and diversity. Therefore, we request that candidates submit a diversity, equity and inclusion statement with their materials.

Candidates writers should provide signed letters on letterhead addressed to the iSchool Assistant Professor Search Committee. Applications received by February 1, 2021, will receive the fullest consideration. For more information about this position, please feel free to contact the Search Committee Chair Dr. Nicole Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor (  

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