Interdisciplinary Faculty – Syracuse University – Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (The iSchool, see http://ischool.syr.edu) is soliciting applications from scholars to join its renowned and interdisciplinary faculty. This position is open rank, and we specifically encourage graduating doctoral students, senior assistant professors, and recently tenured faculty to apply. The successful candidate will join our “Faculty of One” in a highly collegial environment that stresses collaboration amongst our school’s faculty and with other members of the university community.

Located at the center of picturesque Syracuse University, the iSchool is at the cutting edge of scholarship and instruction. The school hosts five research centers and laboratories, including a newly created Center for Computational and Data Sciences, which advances scholarships on computational analytics and data collection, processing, and curation techniques to conduct innovative research that answers important questions in the social and natural sciences. Our faculty have recognized strengths in natural language processing, information retrieval, Internet governance and telecommunications policy, smart energy systems digital literacy, information management, information and network security, new forms of work and organizing, games and gamification, data science, entrepreneurship, and social media. The SU-ADVANCE program provides extensive mentoring services for women faculty in STEM disciplines.

We seek colleagues who can deepen and extend our emerging strengths in data science. We see this as a broad area that employs large scale, often heterogeneous, data sets in the areas of: computational social science; data curation; visualization; analytic approaches such as NLP, IR, or machine learning; developing tools and socio-technical processes for scientific collaboration, data access and data retrieval; and other possible areas emphasizing analysis and representation of large scale data.

The ability to obtain research grants and other external funding will be considered a competitive advantage in our evaluations, as will evidence of teaching experience and a commitment to teaching excellence. A record of publishing impactful scholarship is expected. Although rank and years of experience are open, we will consider outstanding ABDs with a strong expectation of a successful dissertation defense by August 2015.

Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining their interests and qualifications (including the rank they are seeking); a current curriculum vitae; a statement describing research and teaching interests and accomplishments; and names and contact information of at least three references to: www.sujobopps.com JOB #071616. Strong candidates will be contacted for letters of reference and asked to provide research samples and a teaching portfolio or other evidence of teaching experience.

We will begin screening applicants on March 1, 2015 and continue accepting applications until the positions are filled. The search may extend into the 2015-2016 academic year. Questions may be directed to Dr. Robert Heckman, the search chair, at rheckman@syr.edu

Syracuse University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Syracuse University is an equal opportunity employer, as well as a federal contractor required to take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

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