Assistant Professor in Social Justice Informatics at the University of Texas at Austin

The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Social Justice Informatics. We are particularly interested in information scholars who will focus on the redistribution of power to address inequities at the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, and class. We understand Social Justice Informatics to involve building knowledge (historical, empirical, theoretical, critical) to drive action on challenges such as racism, human rights, poverty, environmental justice, and development towards a more just society. Specific areas of research focus may include access to information and technology, equity, diversity, participation, human development, human rights, public interest technology, and critical race theory, to name a few. Candidates focused on human-centered design for civic or social good are invited, especially those using design methodologies that include participation of and build capacity within communities.

We invite applications from scholars from diverse disciplines including information studies, psychology, media studies, communication, political science, ethnic studies, human geography, sociology, women/gender studies, civil/criminal law and more. Applicants, especially those unfamiliar with Information Schools, are welcome to contact us via the email below prior to submitting their application to discuss how their research agenda connects to our school, as well as examining resources provided at www.ischools.org

We hope that the candidate for this position will help us shape our approach to Social Justice Informatics across our school. The candidate will have the opportunity to play a foundational role in the School’s new undergraduate major in Informatics, which includes a concentration in Social Justice Informatics, and plans to admit its first students in the Fall of 2021. Tenure-track faculty at the School of Information at the University of Texas have a 2/1 teaching load and course releases are normally available during the pre-tenure period.

Qualifications
Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in a field that is relevant to their area of research and teaching, or be able to convincingly demonstrate that they will complete the degree before starting (e.g., by documenting a scheduled viva/defense). We are unable to consider applications beyond early Assistant Professor stage, but hope more experienced candidates will apply to the separate search for an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Please see both job applications to apply online.

For all of the positions, we only seek candidates with excellent research, teaching, service and leadership abilities and a commitment to shaping the future of the UT Austin iSchool and the field of information more broadly. Candidates who currently or will potentially make outstanding contributions to the diversification of their scholarly fields and/or institutions of higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. We will begin to review applications and interview candidates on November 12, 2020.