Assistant Teaching Professor - Data, Design, and Development for a More Just World

Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Aug 24, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Washington Information School is seeking a creative and energetic individual to teach the study, design, and development of information technology for the good of people, organizations, society, and the environment. The successful applicant will be expected to be  1) an engaged teacher and mentor, 2) an expert in one or more domains of information technology below,  and (3) engage diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the context of teaching technical topics. This is an opportunity to add your voice and expertise to a diverse, intellectually stimulating, and interdisciplinary academic environment committed to social justice.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach and address sociotechnical issues in one or more of the following areas (listed alphabetically):

  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science including Analytics, Business Intelligence, Machine Learning
  • Databases and Data Modeling
  • Client-side and Server-side Web Development
  • Human-Computer Interaction and Design
  • Data Visualization
  • Mobile App Development
  • Networking, Cloud, and DevOps
  • Software Engineering

While technical expertise in the above is key, the successful applicant will be expected to address ways in which technology can be designed and used to oppress, exclude, or harm people, societies and the environment (e.g., via inaccessible user interfaces, exclusionary data schemas, misleading data visualizations, exploitative data collection practices, racially biased applications of machine learning). The successful applicant will be expected to engage with social justice in their teaching of technical topics (e.g., using approaches such as value sensitive design, design justice).

Successful candidates will join a broad-based, inclusive Information School that offers multiple degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level and is committed to the values of leadership, innovation, and diversity. The iSchool’s undergraduate major and minor in Informatics have grown to be among the most popular and most competitive programs at UW; this individual will be a key contributor to their ongoing success.

Teaching professors are an integral part of the faculty of the iSchool. We provide mentorship, a career path, and opportunities for leadership in the school. This is a full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor. This position includes faculty voting rights but is not tenure eligible. The University of Washington is on the quarter system (autumn, winter, spring) and teaching professors typically teach two courses per quarter (6 courses over 9 months) with summers off. Opportunities for summer teaching are often available. University of Washington teaching professors engage in teaching, mentorship, and service. Scholarship is supported and encouraged, including innovations in teaching, leadership in teaching communities of practice, and teaching mentorship.

The University of Washington is a vibrant community of inclusive research and community outreach, situated between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, in the city of Seattle, on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Seattle is a rapidly growing, dynamic, and diverse metropolitan area.

The UW Information School is dedicated to hiring faculty that will enhance diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research (as applicable), teaching, and service. As information systems and institutions serve increasingly diverse and global constituencies, it is vital to understand the ways in which differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, and other identities can both divide us and offer us better ways of thinking and working. The Information School faculty are committed to preparing professionals who work in an increasingly diverse and global society by promoting equity and justice for all individuals, actively working to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination.

The appointment is at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor commensurate with qualifications and experience. The anticipated start date is between January 1 to September 1, 2021. Applicants may find further information about the Information School at


Applicants must minimally have a bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent). A master’s degree or Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) and/or prior teaching experience will be considered as positive factors in selection. Applicants must have 3 years of experience in a technical role in industry, or experience teaching at least one course as either the lead or assistant instructor.


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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Preference will be given to candidates who apply by October 15, 2020.  Other applications will be reviewed beginning on the 15th of each month until finalists are chosen. Select candidates will be invited for campus visits.

The initial application package must include a resume or CV, a cover letter, a diversity statement (see below), and names and contact information for three references, who may be contacted for letters of recommendation. We encourage you to choose references from anyone who can speak to your expertise, your ability to teach and mentor, or your general ability to collaborate and work with diverse communities. Short-listed candidates will later be asked to do a live teaching demonstration and submit a teaching statement. Details on these will be provided at the appropriate time.

Please note: The cover letter is important. Drawing on your background, please tell us about your technical expertise, examples of how you might incorporate issues of social justice into your teaching of technical material, and why you’d like to do this teaching at University of Washington Information School.

*iSchool Diversity Statement Guidelines

Diversity, equity and inclusion are  core values of the Information School. The Diversity Statement provides an opportunity for applicants to communicate how their approach to research, teaching, and/or service examines, identifies, and contributes to positive social change, especially along the lines of  gender, class, race, ethnicity, ability, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, and other identities. For your reference please consult the UW iSchool’s diversity web pages:

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