Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Affairs, 2023

University of Texas at Austin

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Description

The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a full-time tenured faculty member at the full professor rank to serve as Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Affairs. The successful candidate will be appointed in an administrative (12-month) capacity at 0.5 FTE, and will hold the remaining 0.5 FTE of their appointment in a 9-month faculty role as a full professor. This will allow the post-holder to continue to pursue their research and teaching at a reduced scale while taking on an administrative role.

We are particularly seeking an established exceptional scholar with an active research program and a proven track record in writing, securing, administering, and disseminating grant-funded research, and especially in leading others in becoming similarly successful. The Associate Dean will support faculty development, and will play a key role in promotion & tenure reviews, advising junior faculty and helping shepherd promotion and tenure packages through the process. The Associate Dean also meets with the Dean and other associate/assistant deans regularly to ensure the smooth functioning of the iSchool.

Areas of research and teaching focus are open, but should complement the existing strengths of the iSchool (https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/research/research-areas).

We invite applications from scholars from diverse disciplines including information studies, psychology, communication, anthropology, political science, sociology, computer science, and more. Our intent is to recruit scholars with compelling human-centric research agendas that fit with the mission of the iSchool regardless of disciplinary background. Applicants, especially those unfamiliar with Information Schools, are welcome to contact us via the email below prior to submitting their application to discuss how their research agenda connects to our school, as well as examining resources provided at www.ischools.org.

Tenure-track and tenured faculty at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin have a 2/1 teaching load, which will be reduced by 50% for the person in this role. Salaries are competitive.

Qualifications

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in a field that is relevant to their area of research and teaching. Applicants should be eligible for appointment at the rank of tenured full professor.

For all the positions, we seek candidates with excellent research, teaching, service, and leadership abilities and a commitment to shaping the future of the UT Austin iSchool and the field of information science/studies more broadly. Candidates who currently or will potentially make outstanding contributions to the diversification of their scholarly fields and/or institutions of higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Applications received by Wednesday, November 2, 2022 will get fullest consideration.

Required materials include:

  1. Current CV,
  2. A cover letter addressing your alignment with the UT Austin iSchool and also addressing the following:
  3. What strategies have you used to increase the success rate of funding proposals?
  4. What strategies would you use to enhance the overall research environment at the iSchool?
  5. A statement of your research plans (suggestion 2-4 pages).
  6. A statement about your previous and planned contributions to diversity and inclusion (1-4 pages). The purpose of the diversity statement is to identify candidates who have professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance campus diversity and equity efforts.
  7. A teaching statement (suggestion 1-2 pages),
  8. Names and contact details of four confidential references. Note: no letters are required at this time. We will solicit reference letters, if needed, later in the process only after consultation with the candidate.
  9. Questions about this position may be sent to facultysearch@ischool.utexas.edu. 

All faculty positions are subject to final budget approval, and are based in Austin, Texas. Successful candidates residing outside of the Austin area will be expected to relocate. For more information on how to apply, please visit https://ischool.utexas.edu/about/jobs.

Please apply via Interfolio's Faculty Search solution. If you do not have a Dossier account with Interfolio, you will be prompted to create a free account prior to applying for the position.

About the UT Austin iSchool

The UT Austin iSchool is a premier research and education program for the 21st century field of information, where we are changing the future by engaging the present and preserving the past. Research and teaching at the iSchool changes the ways that we interact with information and technology, changes how information can make the world a better and fairer place for everyone, and changes the ways we protect and preserve our collective memory. For more information about the iSchool, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about-the-ischool.

The UT Austin iSchool is a founding member of the international iSchools organization (https://ischools.org/), and has a long history of interdisciplinary scholarship and research focused on the human, social, cultural, and technical aspects of information. Our program is consistently ranked among the top programs in information internationally. We are a stand-alone school with strong connections across the university and with other institutions nationally and internationally; we are particularly interested in applicants who will further strengthen and extend our collaborative network. We offer an ALA-accredited Master of Science in Information Studies as well as degrees at the undergraduate and PhD levels. Our Master of Science degree in Information Security and Privacy is offered jointly with the UT Center for Identity. For more details on our current degree offerings, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/programs.

UT Austin has an internationally distinguished faculty making it one of the world’s leading research universities. UT Austin embraces interdisciplinary research, is the home to more the 200 dedicated research units and centers. For more information on UT Austin, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about/about_ut_austin.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

The University of Texas at Austin, through its action plan: “You Belong Here”, aspires to “Empower our students, staff and faculty to individually thrive and to collectively build an inclusive, equitable campus community that embraces diversity of backgrounds and ideas”. The University of Texas obtained the Seal of Excelencia for Commitment to Latino Student Success in 2020, and has earned a 7-time Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. The iSchool positions Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice as core values.

About Austin

Austin is a city bursting with entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for discovery. Austin has a vibrant, internationally renowned music, film, and art scene, along with a thriving economy that leads the way in the technology, engineering, and health care sectors. It is a city with natural beauty in abundance, with a glittering river that runs through the center of the city, year-round sunshine, and a location in the picturesque Hill Country of central Texas. Austin is a creative center that attracts the best and the brightest from around the world. Often referred to as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin hosts major annual events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest (SXSW), which includes Education, Film, Music, and Interactive Festivals. Austin serves as the home for corporate headquarters and research and development centers for many Fortune 500 companies and new startups providing opportunities for collaboration and student placements for internships and careers. It is the capital city of Texas, and home to many cultural heritage institutions and opportunities in the public sector. Austin is a regular among top places to live and work lists, and has many highly rated public schools. More information on Austin can be found at https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about/about_austin.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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