Assistant Professor - Information Retrieval, HCI, Digital Archives

Job description

San José State University - San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval

Department: School of Information
Job Opening ID (JOID): 25083
Specialization: Information Retrieval, HCI, Digital Archives
Rank: Assistant Professor (tenure track)


  • An earned doctorate by start of appointment.
  • A record of scholarly and professional achievement.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • 100% online teaching experience strongly preferred
  • Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

The successful applicant will:
- Have teaching responsibilities in at least one of the following areas:

  • Information Retrieval (taxonomies, classification, semantic web languages, information architecture)
  • Emerging technologies, HCI, the user experience, design thinking
  • Digital Archives, digital curation, digital forensics

- Be actively engaged in scholarly activities evidenced by: conducting research, presenting professional papers, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and developing grants.
- Participate in state, national, and international professional organizations, as well as service to the department, college, and University.
- Address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.


The iSchool is a member of the largest international consortium of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field; and educates the largest number of graduate students at San José State University.


More information about the School of Information at San Jose State University can be found here. Questions should be sent to Dr. Linda Main, Associate Director, at [email protected].


The School of Information delivers all degrees and certificates 100% online. It offers:

  • 3 masters degrees: Library and Information Science (MLIS) [accredited by the American Library Association], Archives and Records Administration (MARA), and an MS in Informatics
  • 2 certificate programs: Advanced Certificate in Digital Assets and Services and Post Masters Certificate in Library and Information Science.
  • 1 credential program: Teacher Librarian Credential program [Accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing].

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August 13, 2020
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Application Procedure:
For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by December 1, 2019 to


Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.


San José State University enrolls over 33,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.


San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.


San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


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Job No: 25083
Posted: 8/6/2019
Application Due: 10/5/2019
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