Tenured Faculty Member and Associate Dean for Research, 2019
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 full-time, tenured faculty position to serve as Associate Dean for Research. This person 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, either as an associate or full professor, depending on current qualifications and experience. 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 administrator with a proven track record in writing, securing, administering, and disseminating grant-funded research, and leading others in becoming similarly successful. Areas of research and teaching focus are open, but should complement the existing strengths of the iSchool.
Candidates must hold a doctorate degree in a field that is relevant to their area of research and be able to articulate clearly in their application materials how they complement the iSchool's core areas of focus listed at https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/research. For the fullest consideration, please address this fit explicitly in your application.
Applicants will be asked to provide the following materials:
- Current CV that clearly demonstrates your track record in writing, securing, administering, and disseminating grant-funded research, and leading others in becoming similarly successful, as well as an exceptional research record and international reputation of scholarly distinction and accomplishments in the field of information commensurate with appointment at the rank of associate or full professor,
- names and contact details of 4 references (no letters are required at this time - references will only be contacted for finalists, and only after consultation with the candidate), and
- a cover letter focused on articulating your fit with the UT Austin iSchool and also addressing the following three questions:
- What innovative funding sources would you target for interdisciplinary research on the human, social, cultural, and technical aspects of information? We are particularly interested in strategies you would use to secure funding from alternative sources such as foundations or firms.
- What specific strategies would you use to increase the success rate of funding applications across the iSchool and with our partners?
- What enhancements to the research environment do think are necessary for the UT Austin iSchool to excel and to stand out among its peers?
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 https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/facultysearch. 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 https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about/about_us.
The UT Austin iSchool is a founding member of the international iSchools caucus (https://ischools.org/), 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 https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/programs.
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 https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about/about_ut_austin.
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