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Assistant Professor in Information Studies (HSI Cohort)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment (See Table 1). The salary range for this position is $74,600-$97,200. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. Review timeline: Initial review date of applicants will be November 1, 2023. Applications submitted after November 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Review timeline: Initial review date of applicants will be November 1, 2023.. Applications submitted after November 1, 2023 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Window

Open date: October 13, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Dec 1, 2023 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: Friday, Mar 1, 2024 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

The Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is seeking to fill Assistant Professor positions as part of a cluster hire in the School of Education and Information Studies with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024, with expertise in using innovative, critical, and advanced methods to improve opportunity and equity for Latinx communities. Strong candidates will have a deep understanding of research in their field and expertise bridging critical theories and methods to address compelling questions involving Latinx communities as creators, subjects, and users of information and data.

UCLA aims to achieve federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution by 2025. In preparation for this designation, the Office of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost have sponsored this search in order to recruit exceptional scholars whose teaching, scholarship and/or mentoring has strong ties to Latinx experiences in the United States. This search is conducted in partnership between the Chicano Studies Research Center and the School of Education and Information Studies. Faculty hired through this search are expected to maintain an active affiliation to the Chicano Studies Research Center and encourage the success of Latinx and first-generation scholars. We especially welcome candidates whose professional experience, community engagement, and personal background have facilitated their understanding of and ability to better serve students from Latinx, low-income, and other traditionally underrepresented communities in higher education.

Candidates should further demonstrate the ability to teach and mentor doctoral students, masters, and undergraduates in an engaging and accessible manner. Faculty are expected to have an inclusive approach to mentoring and advising, and experience working with diverse student identities (e.g. gender, race, sexual orientation, income, immigration status).

Faculty in the Department of Information Studies have interests that include a wide variety of domains of education research, disciplinary thought, and methodological focus, as well as several nationally recognized research centers.

Qualifications (Required at Time of Application)

Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D., or have advanced to candidacy in Information Studies or a related discipline at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications (Required at Time of Start)

Evidence of excellence in research (publications), teaching, and service commensurate with experience.

Candidates may have expertise in a variety of paradigms and approaches spanning social sciences and the humanities.

We invite applications from a wide variety of subspecialties and research foci at the intersection of Latinx studies with any of the following subfields of information studies: critical LIS methodologies, digital methodologies, information policy and ethics, critical data studies, internet studies, data science, informatics, digital curation and preservation, library studies, children’s information services, print culture, archival studies, media archival studies, science and technology studies, socio-technical systems, critical design and use of technologies, global digital cultures, the economics of information, and/or the state of Latinx professionals in information studies.

Expected Start Date: July 1, 2024

The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment (See Table 1). The salary range for this position is $74,600-$97,200. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D., or have advanced to candidacy in Information Studies or a related discipline at the time of application.

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 EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

  • Key Publication # 1 (required)

  • Key Publication # 2 (Optional)

  • Key Publication # 3 (Optional)

  • 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.

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08749

Help contact: duong@gseis.ucla.edu

About UCLA

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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