Assistant Professor, 2019

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School of Information - The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, TX
Open: Sep 5, 2018

The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the early stages of their career who demonstrates exceptional potential as a scholar and researcher. Specific areas of research and teaching focus are open, but should complement the existing strengths of the iSchool.

Applicants should either have completed a doctoral degree, or be able to convincingly demonstrate that they will complete the degree before September 2019 (e.g. by documenting a scheduled defense/viva), and be able to articulate clearly in their application materials how they complement the iSchool's core areas of focus listed at For the fullest consideration, please address this fit explicitly in your application.

Application Instructions
Applicants will be asked to provide the following materials:

  1. Current CV,
  2. names and contact details of 3 references, (who we may contact at any stage in the hiring process unless candidate indicates otherwise)
  3. a sample of your writing, preferably a pre- or post-print of a first-authored publication,
  4. evidence of teaching ability, such as a summary of teaching evaluations, and
  5. a cover letter focused on articulating your fit specifically with the UT Austin iSchool, addressing how your research overlaps with, enhances, or expands upon that of current faculty, and also addressing the following two questions:
  • What do you consider to be your main intellectual home / professional community, and how would your teaching and professional work contribute to building the profile of that intellectual space within an interdisciplinary iSchool?
  • What is the focus of your next planned research project, what sort of resources would you need to do that work, and how does the research build on and go beyond work you have already done?

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will begin to review applications and interview candidates on November 1, 2018.

For more information on this search, please visit Questions about this position can be sent to [email protected]. UT Austin iSchool faculty, including newly appointed Dean Eric T. Meyer, will be attending conferences this fall including ASIS&T, and will be available for informal discussions about current openings. Applicants based in Europe interested in discussing any of these positions can schedule a meeting with the Dean who will be in Luxembourg, London, and Oxford from 18-24 October: please email [email protected] for an appointment.

About the UT Austin iSchool

The goal of the UT Austin iSchool is to be the premier research and education program for the 21st century field of information, advancing knowledge for preserving the past, understanding and managing the present, and designing the future of information in multiple forms and formats and in a wide range of interdisciplinary environments. The iSchool is committed to making a difference in the lives of all people by enabling and supporting the organization and experience of information in ways that enhance the world. The mission of the iSchool includes discovering new and vital knowledge about information, educating the next generation of leaders in the information professions, developing new scholars who will advance knowledge, improving society through service and collaboration, and applying human-centered values to all of our work. For more information about the iSchool, see

The UT Austin iSchool is a founding member of the international iSchools caucus (, and has a long history of interdisciplinary scholarship and research focused on the human, social, cultural, and technical aspects of information, broadly conceived. 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 master's and doctoral degree programs, dual master's degree programs with various disciplines, an integrated bachelor's in computer science/master's in information studies, and an undergraduate minor. Our Master of Science degree in Identity Management and Security is offered jointly with the UT Center for Identity. For more details on our current degree offerings, see

UT Austin is one of the world's leading research universities, with an internationally distinguished faculty. UT Austin embraces interdisciplinary research, and is the home to more the 200 dedicated research units and centers. For more information on UT Austin, see

About Austin

Austin is a city bursting with entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment to personal freedom, 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 lake 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 Film, Music, and Interactive Festivals. Austin serves as the corporate headquarters for Fortune 500 companies such as Dell, Whole Foods, and ABM Industries, plus successful tech start-ups such as Aspyr, Hoover's, and RetailMeNot. Austin also hosts research and development offices for major technology-oriented companies such as Amazon, AMD, Apple, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, Freescale, Google, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Samsung, and Texas Instruments, who have established major operations in Austin to draw from the highly skilled talent the university produces. Savills World Research ranks Austin #1 in the Savills Tech Cities Index. U.S. News and World Report rated Austin #1 in its Best Places to Live list. Expedia ranks Austin #1 in its 21 super cool US cities list. More information on Austin can be found at

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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Posted: 11/5/2018
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