News / Three Faculty Positions Open




The School of Information Sciences ( at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking candidates for two tenure-stream faculty positions and one faculty position outside the tenure stream to start in the fall term of 2009.

The School is a top ranked information school (iSchool) offering a wide variety of multidisciplinary opportunities, including BSIS, MSIS, MST, MLIS, and Ph.D. programs. The iSchool emphasizes the synthesis of people, information and technology, and offers opportunities for research, instruction, and service spanning the diverse needs and interests of an information-intensive, multi-cultural, and increasingly digital society.  The School is seeking candidates with a strong commitment to research as well as graduate and undergraduate education for the following positions:

A tenure-stream faculty member with theoretical and practical expertise in the Organization of Information (both traditional and digital) and research interests in one or more of the following areas:

      • Knowledge management
      • Knowledge representation
      • Ontologies/taxonomies
      • Metadata generation and control
      • Semantic web
      • Indexing and abstracting
      • Cataloging/classification/subject analysis

A  tenure-stream faculty member with theoretical and practical expertise in Information Retrieval and research interests in one or more of the following areas:

  • Retrieval of multimedia digital information
  • Digital libraries
  • Trust, security and privacy
  • Social computing
  • Visual analytics
  • User-centered systems (analysis and design)

A full-time teaching faculty member outside the tenure stream with theoretical expertise and practical experience in the operation of large scale information systems and organizations.  Specializations of interest include:

  • Academic libraries
  • Public libraries
  • Management
  • Organizational leadership
  • Information, technology, and society

Candidates who bridge disciplinary areas are specifically encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong interest and current awareness of the technological and cultural context in which their knowledge contributes to issues of contemporary society. A record of collaboration with other scholars is highly desirable. 

As the school offers online degree programs, in addition to on-campus programs, candidates with complementary expertise and experience in educational technologies are of particular interest.

Appointments will be made at a rank commensurate with qualifications.  Candidates with interest and relevant experience in managing academic organizations may be considered for a 3-year appointment as Chair of the Library and Information Science program.

Applicants should present a record of effective teaching, research, and related scholarly activities.  Electronic applications should be sent to Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses (with e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references. For full consideration, applications must be received by January 31, 2009. Preliminary interviews are possible at the ALISE conference in Denver, CO in January 2009.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages women and candidates from under-represented minorities to apply.