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University of Pittsburgh


School of Information Sciences

 

The School of Information Sciences (http://www.ischool.pitt.edu) at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking to fill a faculty position in Archives and Information Science (AIS) at an Assistant/Associate Professor level – Position #27041 (Non-tenure stream).

The School is a top-ranked information school (iSchool) offering a wide variety of multidisciplinary opportunities, including an undergraduate program (BSIS), Master’s programs in information science (MSIS), telecommunications & networking (MST), library & information science (MLIS), and Ph.D. programs. The iSchool at Pitt emphasizes the synthesis of people, information and technology, and offers opportunities for research, instruction, and service spanning the diverse needs and interests of an information-intensive, multi-cultural, and increasingly digital society.  The School is seeking candidates with a strong commitment to research as well as graduate and undergraduate education.

We are looking for an experienced practitioner and mature scholar in the Archives and Information Science (formerly the Archives, Preservation, and Records Management) specialization who can demonstrate an understanding in APRM, specifically

  • Historical and contemporary archival theory and practice
  • Current standards and best practices surrounding appraisal, accessioning, arrangement, description, representation, manipulation, and preservation or records held in stewardship
  • The complexities of care presented by both analog and digital formats, and
  • US and international archival policy and traditions.

 

We are also interested in someone who is comfortable with helping to lead our program into digital stewardship or curation in both research and teaching. The new AIS faculty member is expected to be a liaison with the Pittsburgh regional archives community as well as regional and national professional associations. We expect candidates for this position to possess strong experience in such community and professional work and to have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Our School has supported one of the leading AIS graduate programs in the United States for many years. We presently have three faculty members teaching in the AIS specialization, including a leading scholar in archival studies; an assistant professor working in science and technology studies, social and cultural theory, public and applied history, and archives; and a lecturer with a joint appointment in Art History and Architecture and focusing on archives and the digital humanities. We support a large number of doctoral students working in the AIS specialization, and our School has produced a substantial number of the current faculty in this field.

Candidates who bridge disciplinary areas are specifically encouraged to apply.  Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong interest and current awareness of the technological and cultural context in which their knowledge contributes to issues of contemporary society.  A record of collaboration with other scholars is highly desirable. 

As the school offers an online degree program in addition to on-campus programs, candidates with complementary expertise and experience in educational technologies are encouraged to apply (although there is no expectation of teaching AIS courses online).

Candidates applying for the position(s) are expected to hold an earned doctorate or the equivalent in academic or professional experience. Applicants should present a record of effective teaching, research, and related scholarly activities. Electronic applications should be sent to sissearch@sis.pitt.edu. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses (with e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references. For full consideration, applications must be received by January 4, 2013.  There will be members of the Search Committee at the ALISE meeting who will be available to discuss the position with applicants.

 

Dr. Richard J. Cox, Professor

                        Chair Search Committee

                        School of Information Sciences

                        University of Pittsburgh

 

Further information regarding the School and these positions can be found at www.ischool.pitt.edu/~faculty_openings.

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The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages women and candidates from under-represented minorities to apply.



 
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