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Four Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Faculty Positions, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Four Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Faculty Positions
Syracuse University School of Information Studies

Syracuse University's School of Information Studies (the iSchool, seeks scholars and leaders to fill four Assistant Professor (tenure track) faculty positions to start in Fall 2020. Exceptional candidates may be considered at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Successful candidates will have a productive program of research in an information-related field and be able to contribute to the development of students and courses in our degree programs in information management and technology, data science and data analytics, library and information science (including school media), and information science and technology.

The successful candidates will join our "Faculty of One": a highly collegial environment that stresses interdisciplinary collaboration among our school's faculty and with other members of the university community and beyond. Our research and teaching often adopt a socio-technical approach, recognizing that important problems are not simply technical nor just about people, but rather require both social and technological insights. We seek applicants whose topic areas and skills adopt this philosophy, and who can speak to overlapping areas within the school.

We are specifically seeking applicants with interests in one of four areas:  

1) network social dynamics, including causal networks, network science, social cognition, social contagion, relationship science, social networks or group decision making (position #074733).

2) augmented cognition, including forecasting, prediction systems, artificial intelligence, recommender systems, deep learning, data fusion, voting systems, machine learning, agent-based modeling, distributed cognition, human factors and collective behavior (position #074725).

3) data-centered and big data approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship  (position #074726).

4) technical, behavioral and/or social approaches to address security and privacy for trustworthy cyberspace (position #074727).

Positions 1 and 2 are part of an Invest Syracuse Cluster Hire Initiative in Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Autonomous Systems and Policy. As an integral part of this investment, Syracuse University will recruit multiple candidates for faculty positions for a cluster in the areas of augmented cognition and autonomous systems. Faculty hired into these positions will build on our existing strengths and will participate in an organized cluster that spans the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, the College of Law, the Departments of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and of Psychology and the School of Information Studies.

Position 3 is part of an Invest Syracuse Cluster Hire Initiative in Innovation and Entrepreneurship that has the goal of building an Innovation Living-Learning Ecosystem at the University. As an integral part of this investment, Syracuse University will recruit multiple candidates for faculty positions for a cluster in the areas of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. Faculty hired into these positions will build on our existing strengths and will participate in an organized cluster that spans the Colleges of Visual & Performing Arts, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Whitman School of Management, the School of Information Studies as well as the Syracuse University Libraries.

Position 4 is part of an Invest Syracuse Signature Hire Initiative to strengthen teaching and research capacity in security for trustworthy cyberspace in the School of Information Studies. Signature hires should contribute to the national and international reputation of Syracuse University and translate their success into practical, real-world action with their students.

Women and members of groups traditionally underrepresented among scholars in higher education are encouraged to apply. We are interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to be effective with diverse groups of students, colleagues and community members. Experience mentoring students from marginalized groups is particularly valued.

A completed Ph.D. in a relevant field of study or the expectation of completion of the Ph.D. by August 2020 is required. The School is committed to professional development for junior faculty, and provides excellent mentoring and support.

Application process
Applications--including 1) a personal statement, including a cover letter outlining the applicant's interests and qualifications and including which position is being applied for plus short statements describing interests and accomplishments in research and in teaching; 2) a current curriculum vitae; and 3) names and contact information of at least three references--should be submitted at

All applications will be held in strict confidence; we will seek references only from finalists. We are pleased to speak with interested applicants ahead of submitting materials.

Screening of applications began in October 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. Direct questions to Professor Kevin Crowston, search committee chair,  

About the iSchool at Syracuse University
Located at the center of picturesque Syracuse University, the iSchool prides itself on being a thought leader in both scholarship and instruction. Our faculty have recognized strengths in information retrieval, information management, library programs and services, natural language processing, computational social science, online communities, civic participation, new forms of organization and collaboration, information and communications policy, smart energy systems, digital literacy, information privacy and security, globalization, data science, entrepreneurship, social media, social computing and other areas.

The iSchool has five degree programs and numerous certificate programs, with an enrollment of 29 doctoral students, 1084 masters students and 642 undergraduate majors, led by 43 full-time faculty and more than 100 part-time faculty. The iSchool is ranked #4 overall by US News and World Report for library and information science and #2 for information systems and #6 in the QS World University Rankings (2019). Faculty teach in the classroom and/or prepare and oversee delivery of online courses (with a typical allocation of two campus courses per semester), and mentor and advise undergraduate, masters and doctoral students.

iSchool faculty members received more than $5M in external research support in the past year. The iSchool hosts seven research centers and laboratories and is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Research and in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (IA/CD) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics and distinctive offerings. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates back to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

The University student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York state,  approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for medical care and for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy four seasons of recreational opportunities, having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousand Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.

The University is proud to offer a benefit program that is family-friendly, progressive, and responsive to the diversity of our community. Full-time faculty members are eligible for dependent tuition benefits, family medical leave and, in addition to maternity/disability leave, parental leave (primary caregivers of either gender may apply). The Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion & Resolution Services coordinates workplace accommodations for faculty and staff, guiding the ongoing development of an accessible university that embraces disability as an aspect of diversity.

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