Assistant Professor- Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

School of Information Studies  

Two Assistant Professor – Tenure Track Position

The School of Information Studies (SOIS), the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), a Carnegie Research 1 institution, invites applications for two Assistant Professors.  The selected applicants will be expected to maintain an active research agenda in their field of interest, and teach courses in the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs.  Academic service is expected.

Assistant Professor in Information Technology candidates will be interested in either research and/or pedagogy in information technology from a variety of possible perspectives, including technical, user-centered, social approaches. Preferred emphases includes, but is not limited to: human-computer interaction (HCI) & user interface design, information security, computer networks, information visualization, information architecture, web and mobile development.

Assistant Professor in Library Science candidates will be interested in research and pedagogy in library science from a variety of possible perspectives, including, reference/information services, foundations of library and information science, readers’ advisory, collection management, or management of information agencies.  Candidates should bring a background that includes social justice, community outreach and/or public engagement.  Additionally, candidates should demonstrate an ability to articulate the value of the profession / MLIS to contemporary society.

UWM is a doctoral/research intensive university and Wisconsin’s premier public urban institution, offering a comprehensive liberal arts, sciences and professional education at the undergraduate and graduate level to nearly 26,000 students. UWM has earned the highest rating for a research institution from the Carnegie Classification of Institution of Higher Education, often referred to as R1 status. UWM is one of only 115 R1 institutions.

The School of Information Studies offers several educational programs: a Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology (BSIST); an ALA-accredited Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS); several coordinated graduate degree programs, including Health Informatics; transcript-designated concentrations within the MLIS Archival Studies, Public Libraries, Information Organization, and Information Technology; post-masters Certificates of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Management and Digital Libraries, a PhD in Information Studies and a new Masters of Science in Information Science and Technology (MSIST) degree in partnership with the Department of Computer Science. The School has a strong research faculty, more than 900 students, and state-of-the-art information technology.

SOIS houses the Center for Information Policy Research, and its faculty organizes three other research groups: the Research Group for Information Retrieval, Knowledge Organization Research Group, and the Social Studies of Information Research Group. The School’s research and instructional programs are designed to be a resourceful blend of the University’s mission with the School’s information focus, international scope, and interdisciplinary mindset.

Minimum Qualifications for the Information Technology position:

  • PhD in Information Studies or related discipline by the beginning of the contract term.
  • Evidence of ability for teaching in the School’s undergraduate and/or graduate programs in Information Science and Technology.
  • Excellent research promise in relevant areas.

Preferred Qualifications for the Information Technology position:

  • Experience or demonstrated ability in the design and delivery of courses in a variety of formats, including onsite and online.
  • Ability to teach an advanced elective undergraduate or graduate courses in areas of expertise, with preference for the areas previously listed.
  • Ability to teach courses as listed in the Job Summary.  (i.e., information security, HCI, information visualization, etc)

Minimum Qualifications for the Library Science position:

  • PhD in Library Science and Information Studies or a related discipline by the beginning of the contract term.
  • Evidence of potential for teaching in library sciences field (as stated above)
  • Excellent research promise in relevant area.


Preferred Qualifications for the Library Science position:

  • Experience or demonstrated ability in the design and delivery of courses in a variety of formats, including onsite and online.
  • Evidence of a collaborative focus in research.

This is a continuous recruitment, however, to guarantee a review applicants are encouraged to submit their materials no later than April 9, 2018. Applications received after April 9, 2018 may not receive consideration.

All applicants must apply online via A strong application packet will include a cover letter outlining their interest in either position, specifically, in areas of teaching and research that related to the identified discipline, a current CV, and a document listing the names and contact information for three references.

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