Information School – Assistant Professor (AA20757)

Position Overview

Organization: The Information School

Title : Assistant Professor

Search Number : AA20757

Position Details

The Information School at the University of Washington is building an innovative program in Native North American Indigenous Knowledge.  We are seeking the second of two creative and forward-thinking Assistant Professors to catalyze this growth, and contribute to our program in this area.  We study the institutions, community practices, philosophies, and policies related to knowledge, information, and technology in support of tribal sovereignty.

Candidates that do work in Native North American Indigenous Knowledge should have competencies in the areas of theoretical, quantitative, or qualitative techniques and demonstrate a passion to effect change through information research.  We expect candidates to demonstrate successful work with North American bands, tribes, or nations, and to be grounded in the Native North American experience.

The University of Washington is a vibrant center of inclusive research and community outreach.  In 2015, the University of Washington opened wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (“Intellectual House” in the Lutshootseed language), a Coast Salish longhouse-style building.  As a UW resource, wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ was established for the pursuit of academic excellence.  It is a teaching and gathering space for Native American students, faculty, staff, Native groups, and the University of Washington community.

We are interested in work at the intersection of Native North American communities and the information field, writ large.  As a school we acknowledge our position on Native land, and we are committed to making Native voices heard in every part of our school.

The Information School is highly interdisciplinary in nature, and candidates should have an interest in, or a potential for, a wider contribution to the interdisciplinary field of information.  We will consider candidates from the sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities.  The strongest candidates, regardless of disciplinary background, will demonstrate a commitment to educating future information professionals.  University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

This is a full-time 9-month tenure track appointment anticipated at the rank of Assistant Professor (job class code 0116).  Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or international equivalent) by date of appointment.

Diversity is a core value and foundational concept in the Information School. Catalyzing the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, define and deliver solutions.  The iSchool prepares professionals to work in an increasingly diverse and global society, which includes Native North American tribes, by promoting equity and justice for all individuals. We actively work to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination.  In your application please describe your experiences with diversity in your research, teaching and service, and/or your potential to bring diversity to the iSchool and the information field. Discuss your potential to mentor and educate students, especially Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations students.

For your reference please consult the UW iSchool’s diversity webpages:



Application Instructions

Applicants may find further information about the Information School at  Application packages should include: CV, a letter of intent, statement of teaching and research, a diversity statement, names and contact information for three referees, and one sample of the applicant’s publications in PDF.


Application materials should be sent via email, with “NNAIK” in the subject line, to:


NNAIK Search Committee (
UW, Information School
Box 354985
Seattle, WA 98195-4985


University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.