The School of Information Science (iSchool) at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level to begin August 16, 2023. Successful candidates will be expected to expand on one or more of the following areas in data science:
- Applied Data and Text Mining.
- Applied AI and Machine Learning (ML).
- Critical Data Studies.
- User Experience, Information Architecture.
- Web and Mobile Application Development.
- Social Network Analysis.
- Participate in instruction, research, publication, grant writing and other scholarly activities.
- Teach and develop courses in both face-to-face and online environments at undergraduate (BS in Information Science) and graduate students.
- Mentor students for independent studies and doctoral dissertations.
- Provide service to the department, college, university, profession and community.
Required Education and Experience
An earned doctorate in Information Science or a related field is required by the start date of employment, but strong applicants who can convincingly demonstrate that they will complete the degree timely (e.g., by documenting a scheduled defense) will also be considered. We are able to consider applications at the early assistant professor stage for these positions. Position requires a clearly articulated research agenda, and enthusiasm for and excellence in teaching in multiple delivery formats.
An earned doctorate in information science or a related field is required by the start date of employment, but strong applicants who can convincingly demonstrate that they will complete the degree timely (e.g., by documenting a scheduled defense) will also be considered. We are able to consider applications at the early assistant professor stage for these positions. Position requires a clearly articulated research agenda, and enthusiasm for and excellence in teaching in multiple delivery formats.
Application review will begin November 15, 2022.
Required materials include:
- A cover letter.
- A current CV.
- A research statement.
- A description of your teaching philosophy.
- A statement about your previous and planned contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (upload under supporting documentation).
- A sample of your writing, such as a chapter of your dissertation or a paper on which you were a lead author.
- List of three references (including name, phone number, and email).
- Three letters of recommendation (solicited prior to start date) – listed as optional documents, while the three letters are required prior to start date, letters may be uploaded with application (but it is not required). If letters are submitted after application, please email all letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information or questions about this position, please contact
- Dr. Vanessa Kitzie , Search Committee Chair
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 exists across the university, for example, The UofSC 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.
The School of Information Science is committed to the mission of the College of Information and Communications and the University of South Carolina to foster a diverse and vibrant academic environment, embrace diversity in its various forms and create a welcoming environment that encourages all to excel.
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. 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, 500 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 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 several urban revitalization projects and offers residents a growing range of artistic, cultural, and recreational opportunities.