News / Boyce Chair Position Open



The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences is seeking applications for the endowed Doreen E. Boyce Chair.  Named in honor of Dr. Doreen E. Boyce, who served many years as President of the Buhl Foundation, and in recognition of Dr. Boyce's leadership in supporting the use of technology to contribute to the quality of life, the Boyce Professor will be a prominent scholar interested in the broad roles of the library and of information in modern society.

The School of Information Sciences’ faculty of Library and Information Science is committed to interdisciplinary research and teaching in library and information science and archival studies.  The School is seeking a senior scholar who has examined the interaction among information, technology, and human behavior from a broad social perspective. The Boyce Professor is expected to lead in the shaping of a research agenda and a revised curriculum on the changing role of libraries in the networked environment, and in crafting a new definition for 21st Century libraries and librarians in response to the continually changing needs of our networked global society.  Within the broad context of building a sense of cultural and civic community, areas of interest include, but are not limited to, public policy, the dynamics of information in contemporary society, communication in a networked society, and the economics of information.

It is expected that the Boyce Professor will be appointed with the rank of Professor.  Candidates applying for the position are expected to demonstrate: 

  • visionary leadership to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the profession;
  • an exemplary record of scholarship and publication and a commitment to reach a wider public through colloquia and publishing;
  • experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative research;
  • an earned doctorate in the natural sciences, social sciences or humanities, communications, engineering, economics, public policy, or other relevant discipline; and
  • a record of substantial achievement in research design and funding.

The candidate will be expected to teach and to direct doctoral research and to take a leadership role in building a strong research and publications program within the School.

As a leading educator of information professionals, the School of Information Sciences is prepared to support a scholar with such interests and qualities.  The Boyce Professor has the opportunity to work with established research centers such as the Visual Information Systems Center, developing research centers, including the Center for National Preparedness, and to work with new educational ventures, such as the Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology.  The School is home to leading scholars and educators in archives and records management, library science, information science and telecommunications, providing the Boyce Professor with a strong cadre of colleagues for collaborative research and teaching.

Mailed applications should be sent to:                          Electronic applications to:                         

Dean Ronald Larsen                                 
School of Information Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
135 N. Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

The position will remain open until filled, although candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by April 30, 2008; earlier applications are strongly encouraged, with the potential of appointing an individual to the Chair as early as fall 2008.  Individuals applying should provide a statement describing their research and teaching interests, and a statement of how they envision these complementing the School and the University, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of at least six references.


The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages women and minority candidates to apply.