[Air-L] T-T Job: University of Toronto: Social Work and Information

Leslie Shade leslieshade at gmail.com
Thu Aug 25 03:52:04 PDT 2016

Dear Colleagues, fyi:

Assistant Professor - Social Work and Information

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) and the Faculty of
Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto invite applications
for a tenure-stream position in the area of Social Work and
Information at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position will be
held 51% at the FIFSW and 49% at the iSchool. The appointment will
begin July 1, 2017.

Candidates are expected to have a program of research and experience
especially focused on big data from a quantitative or qualitative
angle, analyzing both the challenges and opportunities of big data for
social justice. Areas of specific interest can include the use and
impact of big data for social service and child welfare agencies,
youth service agencies, public libraries, archives and information
centres, and for vulnerable citizens and marginalized communities,
including older adults, indigenous, and immigrant communities.
Research areas may include, but are not limited to, the following: big
data and society, data and information and communication technology
use, infrastructure and platform studies, ethics of algorithms, data
and discrimination, data and human rights, data and social inclusion,
privacy and data, and disability studies in information studies and
social work. Theoretical and methodological approaches to research
should be commensurate with applicants' teaching and fields of

Candidates must have a PhD in social work, information or a related
field by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. He/She must
also show evidence of excellence in research as demonstrated by an
active research program that contributes especially to information
studies affecting social work; social work practice experience; an
emerging reputation in research with demonstrated ability to attract
external research funding; publications in high quality peer reviewed
journals and strong endorsements by referees of international
standing. Evidence of excellence in teaching (including a teaching
dossier outlining experience and accomplishments and strong letters of
reference) is also required. Salary will be commensurate with
qualifications and experience.

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work pursues excellence in the
development and testing of new knowledge that will have an impact on
social work direct practice and social policy, as well as social work
education. Our commitment to social justice means that we look for
creative solutions to social problems at the local, national and
international level. We are proud of our record as one of North
America's pre-eminent Social Work Faculties, offering programs at the
MSW, PhD, and post-MSW diploma levels. The Faculty is involved in
several collaborative programs and joint degrees that provide many
opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration including Health
Administration; Addiction Studies; Aging and the Life Course; Asia
Pacific Studies; Bioethics; Child Welfare; Community Development;
Ethnic and Pluralism Studies; Health Care, Technology and Place;
Health Services and Policy Research; Human Development; Sexual
Diversity; Women and Gender Studies; and Women's Health. Faculty
website: http://www.socialwork.utoronto.ca.

The iSchool at the University of Toronto educates the next generation
of professional and academic leaders in Information to transform
society through collaboration, innovation and knowledge creation. The
Faculty believes that society's information practices are being
reconfigured and transformed by material shifts in information
infrastructures and by political and cultural shifts in our attitudes
toward information as a social phenomenon, accompanied by ethical
challenges. The Faculty of Information provides a context in which to
work in an emerging interdisciplinary environment with close ties to a
range of collaborative programs including Knowledge Media Design and
Book History and Print Culture. The Faculty is also home to the
Digital Curation Institute. Faculty website:

Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2016, and we
strongly encourage candidates to submit their application before this
date if they would like to be considered for the first round of
review. However applications will be accepted until the position is

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link
below. Applications should include a cover letter, full curriculum
vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching
philosophy), a brief outline of current and proposed future research
interests and two samples of published work. All application materials
should be submitted through the University of Toronto's online
application system. If you have questions about this position, please
contact socialwork.admin at utoronto.ca

Please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word
format. Submission guidelines can be found at:

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters (on
letterhead, signed and scanned) directly to the Faculty via e-mail to
socialwork.admin at utoronto.ca
<https://webmail.utoronto.ca/imp/message.php?index=411#>. Applications
without references will not
be considered.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within
its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized
persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of
North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others
who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief
Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly
related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search
committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for
institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians
and permanent residents will be given priority.

Leslie Regan Shade
Associate Dean, Research and Professor
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
140 St. George St., Rm 711
Toronto ON M5S 3G6
Tel: 416-978-7110
leslie.shade at utoronto.ca

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