Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Assistant Professor

College of Information Studies – University of Maryland/College Park

The iSchool at Maryland (http://ischool.umd.edu) invites highly qualified individuals to apply for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in an environment in which research and teaching share the highest priority; colleagues offer and expect collaboration in all phases of academic life; and rich resources support research and teaching.
Individuals who have expertise in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to submit an application.

School Library Media Youth Services
Public Libraries Children’s/YA Literature
Instructional Design Information Literacy

The College enrolls approximately 450 students in three degree programs: a newly revised and approved interdisciplinary Ph.D., a growing Master of Information Management (MIM), and the highly respected Master of Library Science (MLS). It is home to nationally ranked programs in Archives and Records Management, School Library Media, and Children’s Information Services and is known internationally for its vibrant program of interdisciplinary research in information access, retrieval, and use; digital libraries; and information policy and e-government. Faculty members conduct individual and collaborative research with partners on campus and beyond; several hold affiliate appointments in Computer Science, Education, and Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation. Sponsored faculty research exceeds $2 million a year.

The MLS curriculum integrates the fundamental concepts of Information Environments, Context, Users, and Use; Information Access; Information Structure; Information Technology for user-oriented design and implementation of information systems and services; and Management for introducing, operating, and evaluating such systems and services. Our new colleague will contribute to the further development of all programs, weave his/her own courses into the curricula, and have the opportunity to teach in all programs offered by the College.

The tenure-track appointment is for nine months, with opportunities for grant-funded summer research and/or summer teaching.

The University of Maryland is a leading Carnegie Extensive Research University. Among its research centers are the world-renown Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), the Center for the Applied Study of Language (CASL), the Human-Computer Information Lab (HCIL), the College’s Center for Information Policy and E-Government (CIPEG) (www.cip.umd.edu), the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) (www.casci.umd.edu), and the new Center for Library Innovation. The University is located a few miles from Washington, DC, a major metropolitan region that is a center of the information industry.

Qualifications. Ph.D. or equivalent degree in information studies, library/information science, education, or a related field; demonstrated record of research accomplishments or demonstrated potential for research excellence; demonstrated record of attracting outside funding or demonstrated potential for attracting and managing outside funding; and evidence of or potential for effective and innovative teaching. Experience working in a school, public, or academic library is preferred.

Application Submission. For best consideration, submit applications prior to December 12, 2008. The position is expected to be filled no later than August 2009. Send application materials, including a CV, a letter of interest that clearly describes your primary area(s) of expertise and the specific contributions that you would make to the College, and a statement that outlines your research and teaching interests, by email to CLISJR@umd.edu. Applications also may be mailed to Faculty Search, College of Information Studies, 4105 Hornbake Library, South Wing, College Park, MD 20742-4345. All applications will be acknowledged electronically within 3 business days; however, it is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that the materials were received.

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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