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Tenure Track Faculty Member, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

The University of Washington Information School seeks a truly outstanding scholar to broaden and deepen our research and scholarship in areas including, but not limited to: studies of misinformation and disinformation, including computational, mixed-methods approaches, etc.; information access and data literacy; information flow in sociotechnical systems; the role of information in the formation and dynamics of values, beliefs, or identities (race, gender, class, ability, etc.); and the role of researchers, educators, librarians, and policy makers in supporting healthy  information environments and fostering a more informed and equitable society. 



This position will demonstrate excellence in research and education, and welcome individuals who are excited by, able to thrive in, and eager to contribute to our diverse, intellectually stimulating, multi-disciplinary environment that respects a wide variety of research traditions and methods, and is open to new areas and methods. 

We anticipate this individual will work closely with the newly formed Center for an Informed Public (CIP) at the University of Washington. The CIP is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort that brings together faculty, staff, students and community partners in service of a core mission aiming to resist strategic misinformation and strengthen democratic discourse. The Center will lead programs that span research, education, policy and outreach, and is actively engaged in pursuing funding for these activities. 

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 community and legacy media.  



The position is a full-time 9-month appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor. Rank and tenure status is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.


Applicants may find further information about the Information School at



Applicants must have a PhD, JD, EdD, or foreign equivalent by date of appointment.


Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To view the full position and apply, please visit the following link. Preference will be given to applications submitted by December 15, 2019. Selected candidates will be invited for campus visits.

Application packages should include: CV, a letter of intent that clearly indicates how the candidate's work complements and extends the iSchool and the Center for an Informed Public's mission, research statement, teaching statement, 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 Dr. Emma Spiro, Chair, Tenure Track Search Committee, with questions (


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:  

The University of Washington is establishing the Center for an Informed Public to marshal the collective resources of a world-class research university, embedded within local communities, to resist strategic misinformation, promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse. The Center will bring diverse voices from across industry, government, nonprofits and other institutions. You can read more about the CIP at 

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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