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Mentor Professor in Information Studies - Open Rank

Position overview

Position title: Professor

Application Window

Open date: July 24th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Sep 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Mar 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Building upon its commitment to foster an inclusive and more equitable environment and promote the success of underrepresented students, the Department of Information Studies at the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies invites highly qualified applications for up to two faculty positions of any rank. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Information Studies or related field with a demonstrated record of excellence in and continued promise for high-quality research, teaching, and professional development. In addition, applicants must have a demonstrated record of and commitment to the mentorship of students and faculty from underrepresented and underserved populations. The successful candidate should have expertise that allows them to instruct in our core information studies curricula spanning undergraduate and graduate courses, and be dedicated to promoting, advancing, and participating in active mentoring activities and programs that provide research and professional development opportunities for our diverse student body.

SE&IS is one of the top-ranked schools in the U.S., a founding member of the iSchools organization, and home to internationally recognized scholars who address significant issues in the field such as information as evidence, knowledge infrastructures, data studies, digital cultures, and critical internet inquiry. With close collaboration between the Department of Information Studies and the Department of Education as well as with many other departments and centers on campus, there are tremendous opportunities to develop interdisciplinary collaborations and research.

Within the school, the Department of Information Studies is an innovative, interdisciplinary locus for theory and research in information studies in a landscape that includes archival and media archival studies, cultural preservation, data science and curatorship, information ethics and policy, library studies, museum informatics, new media and Internet studies, and textual and visual studies, among other areas. The Department’s faculty is among the most productive and highly-cited in the Information Studies field and across many others; they maintain close ties with the Digital Humanities program, the Chicano Studies Research Center, the Digital Library Program, the Ethnomusicology Archive, the Film & Television Archive, the Institute for Digital Research and Education, the Law School Promise Institute for Human Rights, and Library Special Collections, among other units. The Department also has strong connections to a wide range of libraries, archives, museums, community organizations, media and technology industry sites, and National Parks that serve both as internship and fieldwork sites for students and as collaborators in research and educational activities.

The Department offers the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree with specializations in archival studies, informatics, data and internet studies, library studies, media archival studies, and rare books / print and visual culture. The Department also offers the Ph.D. in Information Studies and a growing undergraduate program. The standard teaching appointment in the Department is four courses per year (or their equivalent) in accordance with the Department’s workload policy. Other duties include graduate student advising and mentoring; active engagement in research, scholarship, and/or creative work; active participation in administrative and governance responsibilities for the Department, the School, and the University; and alumni and community relations. For more information on degrees and courses offered by the department, visit

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: Appointment to begin July 1, 2022.

For more information: Contact Professor Louis Gomez, Search Committee Chair, at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Ph.D. in Information Studies or related field is required by date of hire.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Key Publication #1

  • Key Publication #2

  • Key Publication #3

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please include contact information only for minimum 3 references. References will be contacted if application is selected to move to the final round interviews.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA