[Asis-l] Assistant Professor Faculty Position at the University of South Florida School of Information

Brand, Lana M. lmbrand at usf.edu
Tue Sep 20 09:58:05 EDT 2011

University of South Florida
School of Information
One Assistant Professor Position
Closing date: Open until filled

The University of South (USF) Florida System is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $394 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2009/2010. The system offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. It has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference. USF is an Equal Opportunity Institution.

The USF School of Information (SI) is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, which consists of 23 academic departments and 22 centers and institutes that are highly collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature.  SI has enjoyed a strong tradition that has primarily focused on the education of information professionals in a variety of settings for several decades. The School continues to evolve and grow, most recently with its Bachelor of Science in Information Studies program, which began as part of SI in Fall 2010. This program integrates a strong foundation in information technology as well as an understanding of human, organizational, policy and other issues. While the degree necessarily provides students with in-depth technical knowledge and skills, emphasis is given to understanding how people interact with information and technology and other complexities of the information society. The School also has an ALA-accredited Master’s degree (with nearly 350 graduate students).

The USF School of Information seeks exceptional candidates for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant professor level. We are seeking candidates with expertise in some of the following areas: visual communication, digital media, interaction design, information architecture, visual content creation and distribution, and other related areas. Candidates are expected to demonstrate enthusiasm for and excellence in teaching, as well as a significant potential for scholarly productivity and the securing of external funding. Candidates are also expected to work in a collaborative manner with the USF School of Mass Communications. Responsibilities will also include student advising and mentoring and committee service at department, college, and university levels. Candidates must have the ability to develop, teach, and integrate emerging distance learning technologies into SI online courses, as well as the ability and willingness to teach in the USF SI core curriculum of the undergraduate and graduate programs. Salaries are nationally competitive commensurate with the rank of assistant professor. The position is a nine-month, tenure-track appointment with likely summer teaching and research opportunities.

The following are the required and preferred qualifications of potential candidates:

• PhD in one of the following disciplines, or a closely related field: Information Studies, Visual Communication, Mass Communication, Instructional Technology, or very similar areas.
• Evidence that the doctorate degree will be completed by the appointment date.
• Evidence or clear ability to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary research.
• Evidence of having developed, taught, and / or integrated emerging distance learning technologies into online courses.
• Evidence of teaching and/or professional experiences in previously indicated areas.
• Demonstrated potential for multidisciplinary research funding and assisting in the development of a new area of study.

We will begin screening applications on November 1, 2011 and the review process will continue until the position is filled. Appointment is expected for August 2012 (Fall 2012 semester). USF SI faculty will be available to talk with interested parties at the 2011 ASIS&T Conference in New Orleans, the 2011 AECT Conference in Jacksonville, the 2012 ALISE Conference in Dallas, and the 2012 iSchool Conference in Toronto.

Application Process
Applicants who wish to apply for this position should go to http://www.usf.edu/Employment/ and follow the links and instructions for applying for the faculty line. When applying, keep in mind only the required fields are needed at this time, which includes a cover letter, CV, and a list of the names and contact information for three references. For any further questions about this position please contact the search committee chair JungWon Yoon at jyoon at usf.edu

Equal Opportunity Statement
USF is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer, and is committed to diversity in hiring, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is a Public Records Agency.

According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public.  For ADA accommodations, please contact JungWon Yoon at 813-974-3520 or jyoon at usf.edu at least five working days prior to need.
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