[Air-L] Tenure Track Faculty Position in Information and Media Studies

Freund, Luanne Luanne.Freund at ubc.ca
Mon Nov 2 11:27:45 PST 2015

Faculty Position (tenure-stream) - Information and Media Studies 

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), the iSchool at The University of British Columbia (UBC), invites applications for a full-time position to begin July 1, 2016. The position is expected to be filled at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Candidates should demonstrate achievement of, or potential for, excellence in teaching, research, and service in an interdisciplinary environment. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach and conduct research in the area of information and media studies, broadly interpreted. Applications are encouraged from candidates with research and teaching interests in areas including: media studies, Internet research, online communities, social media, digital media and design, social computing, information policy, scholarly communication, and the social impact of ICTs. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in the Bachelor of Media Studies (BMS) and the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) programs.  These high quality professionally oriented programs engage innovative and creative teaching practices and offer the chance to work with outstanding students. This position offers candidates the opportunity to contribute to the development of information and media studies as an area of strength within the iSchool and UBC, and to join a dynamic community of scholars shaping the future of the iSchool. 

Applicants must:
•	hold a Ph.D. (or provide evidence of imminent completion) in the field of information and media studies from an iSchool or equivalent institution
•	demonstrate excellence in research and scholarly activity appropriate to their experience
•	have some experience conducting collaborative and multidisciplinary research, preferably in an iSchool or Library and Information Studies (LIS) context 
•	possess a willingness to assume a future leadership role in teaching and/or research
•	demonstrate a commitment to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels 
•	show a capacity to innovate in technology-enriched and community-engaged educational settings
•	demonstrate intercultural understanding and openness to diverse perspectives and experiences

UBC has an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning.  It is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, one of the world’s most beautiful and culturally diverse cities.  The iSchool, a unit within the Faculty of Arts, offers a Ph.D. program and Master’s programs in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and Archival Studies (MAS), with both Master’s programs offering an optional First Nations specialization. The iSchool also offers an interdisciplinary MA in Children’s Literature (MACL) program and is a charter participant in the new multidisciplinary Bachelor of Media Studies program. Further information about the iSchool can be found at www.slais.ubc.ca.

The closing date for all applications is January 8, 2016 Application materials must include: a cover letter stating the candidate’s qualifications for the position and projected research agenda; a current curriculum vitae; and a teaching portfolio of no more than 5 pages, including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applications should be addressed to Dr. Luanne Freund, Co-Chair, Faculty Search Committee and documents should be sent as separate files (in .pdf or Word format) via email to: ischool.recruit at ubc.ca. 

Applicants should arrange to have at least 3 referees send confidential letters of reference to the Faculty Search Committee Co-Chair at ischool.recruit at ubc.ca prior to the closing date. Enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Luanne Freund, Associate Professor and Acting Director, and Co-Chair of the Faculty Search Committee via email to: luanne.freund at ubc.ca.

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.  We encourage all qualified persons to apply; Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Luanne Freund
Associate Professor and Acting Director
The iSchool, University of British Columbia
luanne.freund at ubc.ca

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