University of Washington iSchool Announces Digital Youth Tenure Track Position

Furthering a research agenda focused on children and adolescents and strengthened with the recently established Beverly Cleary Professorship, the University of Washington Information School seeks a visionary individual who bridges a rich understanding of youth with life in a digital society. This individual should have a strong commitment to excellence in both research and teaching and should be excited by and able to thrive in an intellectually stimulating multi-disciplinary environment.

All areas related to children and adolescents in a digital society and allied fields are welcomed. Specializations of particular interest include:

  • Social media, social computing, and converging technologies for reading, writing, creativity, collaboration and other 21st century literacies
  • Informal and formal information behavior and resource evaluation in a digital culture
  • Multicultural and global aspects of youth in a digital society
  • Implications of digital life for youth including brain, cognitive, ethical, and social development
  • Digital storytelling
  • Youth and adult co-design of youth-related products and services, design research, and other innovative approaches to investigation

The Information School is ranked #2 in the US and Canada for Children and Youth Services. Our new colleague will join a broad-based, inclusive information school. Faculty members teach across programs. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. Candidates should show a commitment to bridging research and practice. This is a full-time 9 month appointment anticipated at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by date of appointment. 

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2011, and continue until the position is filled. Selected candidates will be invited for campus visits. The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.

Applicants may find further information about the Information School at Application packages should include: CV, a letter of intent, statement of research and teaching, and one sample of the applicant’s publications in PDF.  Applicants should also request three referees to forward letters of recommendation on their behalf. All application materials should be submitted via email, with “Digital Youth” in the subject line, to:

Dr. Batya Friedman (
Chair, Search Committee
UW, Information School
Box 352840
Seattle, WA 98195-2840


If you have a question about the details of this search / position please contact the hiring unit directly. Thank you for your interest in this position at the University of Washington.

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