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Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, in Data and Information Science

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School / Campus / College: Information School

Organization: Information School

Title: Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, in Data and Information Science

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Information School is accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level starting September 1, 2022, contingent upon funding approval. 

As an interdisciplinary unit, we accept applications from candidates from broad backgrounds. Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, candidates with expertise in the following research areas: data management, AI and machine learning, information visualization, HCI and design, or technology ethics and policy. This position will be expected to conduct research that engages with the University of Washington Information School’s strategic commitments to (1) promote equity in health & wellbeing, (2) encourage environmental sustainability and resilience, and (3) foster a more informed, just, and equitable democratic society.  

The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in their area of specialization as well as to advance our undergraduate curriculum in areas related to any of the following: databases, data science, HCI, design, software development, or ethics and policy. This position will be expected to seek and acquire extramural funding for research.

This position will be expected to contribute to our diverse interdisciplinary environment that respects a wide variety of research traditions and methods and is open to new areas and methods.

The UW Information School is dedicated to hiring faculty who will enhance diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research, teaching, and service. As information systems and institutions serve increasingly diverse and global constituencies, it is vital to understand the ways in which differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, ability, and other identities can both divide us and offer us better ways of thinking and working. The Information School faculty are committed to preparing professionals who work in an increasingly diverse and global society by promoting equity and justice for all individuals, actively working to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination.

Our new colleague will join a broad-based, inclusive information school, whose faculty members pursue their scholarship, teaching, and service across multiple degree programs. The University of Washington is an institution that encourages inclusive research and community outreach, situated between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, in the city of Seattle, on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. Seattle is a rapidly growing, dynamic, and diverse metropolitan area with a leading technology sector and vibrant civic sector.

The position is a full-time 9-month tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2022. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.           


Applicants must have a PhD, JD, EdD, or MD in a relevant field (or foreign equivalent) by date of appointment.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications submitted by January 14, 2022. Selected candidates will be invited for campus visits.

Application packages should include: CV, a letter of intent that clearly indicates how the candidate’s work complements and extends the iSchool and our areas of strategic visibility, research statement, teaching statement, diversity statement*, two sample publications or scholarly works, and names and contact information for three references. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for letters of reference. Please contact Dr. Bill Howe and Dr. Alexis Hiniker, Chairs, Tenure Track Search Committee, with questions (                     

iSchool Diversity Statement Guidelines                                

Inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and tribal sovereignty are core values of the Information School. The Diversity Statement provides an opportunity for applicants to reflect on how their approach to research, teaching, and service examines, identifies, and will contribute to positive social change that supports people who represent differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, ability, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, and other identities. We also invite you to be reflective and describe where you stand to learn and grow with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. In short, we would like to know, what does “diversity” in academic teaching, service, and research mean to you? Also, please discuss your potential to mentor and educate students who will serve populations from a variety of backgrounds and geographies.

Applicants may find further information about the UW iSchool at the following websites:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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

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