JOB: Archives and Information Science Position, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 12:00am

The School of Information Sciences ( at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking to fill a faculty position in Archives and Information Science (AIS) at an Assistant/Associate Professor level – Position #27041 (Non-tenure stream). The initial appointment is expected to be three years.

The School is a top-ranked information school (iSchool) offering a wide variety of multidisciplinary opportunities, including an undergraduate program (BSIS), Master’s programs in information science (MSIS), telecommunications & networking (MST), library & information science (MLIS), and Ph.D. programs. The iSchool at Pitt 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. Recent developments at the School include the arrival of six new faculty members working across the iSchool’s degree programs; the formation of a cross-campus digital humanities faculty research network with essential ties to the School; new academic specializations in Big Data Analytics, Human-Centered Computing, Academic Libraries, and Public Libraries; the formation of a cross-disciplinary community informatics research group; and two new floors of cutting-edge teaching and research space.

The School is seeking candidates with a strong commitment to research as well as graduate and undergraduate education. We are looking for a scholar who can contribute primarily to our Archives and Information Science specialization, with the ability to teach in the School’s other programs as needed. Research and teaching areas may include:

Digital curation, preservation, and stewardship, including data archives and research data management

Historical and contemporary archival research and practice, with an emphasis on the history of print and digital culture, information technology and society, or innovative methods for long-term information stewardship

Archival appraisal, accessioning, representation, preservation standards and best practices, with a focus on how traditional archival functions are being transformed in today’s digital, collaborative environments

Specialized fields such as community archives and informatics, digital forensics, and digital humanities

Information governance or US and international archival recordkeeping policies, traditions, and laws

Our School has maintained one of the leading archives graduate programs in the United States for many years. We are particularly interested in someone who is comfortable with our program’s growing focus on "digital stewardship," digital curation," and "data curation." The new AIS faculty member is expected to be a liaison with the Pittsburgh academic and practitioner communities in the field of information stewardship, as well as with regional and national professional associations. We expect candidates for this position to possess strong experience, or the potential for excellence, in community and professional work. The School offers generous research, teaching, travel, and administrative support.

Candidates who bridge disciplinary areas are specifically encouraged to apply. A record of collaboration with other scholars, community groups, or with industry is highly desirable. As the school offers an online degree program in addition to on-campus programs, candidates with experience in educational technologies are encouraged to apply (although there is currently no expectation of teaching AIS courses online).

Candidates applying for the position are expected to hold an earned doctorate or the equivalent in academic or professional experience, or be nearing completion of a doctorate. 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 and priority, applications must be received by December 20, 2013.  Questions about the position should be directed to:

Dr. Brian Beaton
Chair of the Search Committee
School of Information Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

Further information regarding the School and these positions can be found at

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


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