Research Faculty Position in Information

University of Washington

United States

Open Rank Research Faculty Position - Information School

Position Overview
Organization: Information School

Title: Open Rank Research Faculty Position - Information School

Position Details
Position Description

The University of Washington Information School invites applications for an Open Rank Research Faculty (Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, or Research Professor), non-tenure track position.

This position will be expected to engage in outstanding research that broadens and deepens our scholarly and social impacts in areas such as: civic media, civic engagement, information literacy, media literacy, information and communication technologies and development (ICTD), community informatics, digital democracy, digital geographies, digital youth, open data, misinformation, and public interest technology, among others. We are particularly interested in scholars willing to apply these areas of study to the context of public libraries.

This position will benefit from a close association with the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA), a collaborative and multidisciplinary research center with an applied research mission to explore the role of digital technologies in engendering open, inclusive, and equitable societies. We welcome candidates interested in also engaging with the newly formed Center for an Informed Public (CIP) with a core mission of resisting strategic misinformation and strengthening democratic discourse.

The University of Washington is a crucible of 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 ecosystem of foundations, media organizations, public libraries, civil society organizations, and individuals committed to social change.

The position is a full-time 12-month appointment at the rank of Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, or Research Professor. Rank is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Information School will offer three years equivalent of full funding for this position, with the expectation that the individual will be able to maintain an ongoing program of research funding. The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2020.

Applicants may find further information about the Information School at, the Technology & Social Change Group at, and Center for an Informed Public at

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

Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to: history of creative and collaborative research; openness to new areas and methods; a track record of grantsmanship and leadership in developing and implementing large-scale research programs, and; an enthusiasm to thrive, engage and contribute to our diverse, intellectually stimulating, multi-disciplinary environment that respects a wide variety of research traditions and methods.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications submitted by February 28, 2020. Selected candidates will be invited for campus visits.

Application packages should include: CV, letter of intent, research statement that clearly indicates how the candidate’s work complements and extends the Technology & Social Change Group’s mission (and Center for an Informed Public as appropriate), 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 Chris Coward, Chair, Research Professor Track Search Committee, with questions (

*iSchool Diversity Statement Guidelines

Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values of the Information School. The Diversity Statement provides an opportunity for applicants to communicate how their approach to research, teaching, and/or service examines, identifies, and contributes to positive social change, especially along the lines of gender, class, race, ethnicity, ability, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, and other identities. For your reference please consult:

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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