Open-Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Position - Critical Design

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Job # 075548 Job Title Open-Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Position - Critical Design Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

As determined by Dean

Job Type Full-time Rank Open Rank Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (the iSchool, invites applications for scholars to fill an open-rank tenure-track faculty position to start in Fall 2021. Successful candidates will demonstrate a history of or strong potential for sustained research excellence in an information-related field and will contribute to the development of students and courses in our degree programs in information systems, data science and data analytics, library and information science and information science and technology.

The successful candidates will join our “Faculty of One”: a highly collegial environment that values interdisciplinary collaboration among our school’s faculty and with other members of the university and beyond. Our research and teaching often adopt a socio-technical approach, recognizing that important problems are not simply technical nor just about people, but rather require both social and technological insights. We seek applicants whose topic areas and skills adopt this philosophy, and who can speak to overlapping areas within the school.

We are specifically seeking applicants with interests in critical design in human‐computer interaction, broadly construed (position #075548). The faculty member will draw on critical perspectives to inform our understanding of the design and use of existing socio-technical systems and the interrelationship between technology and society in today’s world. Potential research areas include (but are not limited to) human-computer interaction ( HCI ), especially feminist, critical race, critical disability, and/or queer studies; HCI for good; the relationship of characteristics like race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, and occupational to socio-technical systems; and/or community and participatory systems.

This position is part of an Invest Syracuse Cluster Hire Initiative in Social Differences, Social Justice (, through which Syracuse University seeks to enhance the University’s existing research strengths by recruiting faculty members in different units with related interests. Cluster faculty will be expected to participate in collaborative initiatives that span Schools and Colleges, but have no teaching or service obligations in other units.

Women and members of groups traditionally underrepresented among scholars in higher education are especially invited to apply for all positions. Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility ( IDEA ) are important values of the iSchool. We are interested in candidates who value diversity and have the communication skills and a willingness to learn and contribute to a cross-cultural community that will allow the candidate to be effective with diverse groups of students, colleagues and community members.


A completed Ph.D. in a relevant field of study or the expectation of completion of the Ph.D. by August 2021 is required. The School is committed to professional development for junior faculty, and provides excellent mentoring and support.

Job Specific Qualifications Responsibilities

Responsibilities will be appropriate for rank, with the typical allocation of two on campus courses per semester, research activities, advising, participation in School and University committees, and other duties as assigned by the dean.


Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

Applications—including 1) a cover letter that specifies the position(s) applied for; 2) a personal statement describing the applicant’s research and teaching interests and qualifications for the position, including ways in which IDEA will inform their teaching, research, and service; 3) a current curriculum vitae; and 4) names and contact information of at least three references—should be submitted at

All applications will be held in strict confidence; we will seek references only from finalists. We are pleased to speak with interested applicants ahead of submitting materials.

Screening of applications began in February 2021 and will continue until the positions are filled. Direct questions to Professor Kevin Crowston, search committee chair,

About the iSchool at Syracuse University

Located at the center of picturesque Syracuse University, the iSchool prides itself on making significant contributions in both scholarship and instruction. Our faculty have recognized strengths in information retrieval, information management, library programs and services, natural language processing, computational social science, online communities, civic participation, new forms of organization and collaboration, information and communications policy, smart energy systems, digital literacy, information privacy and security, globalization, data science, entrepreneurship, social media, social computing and other areas.

The iSchool has five degree programs and numerous certificate programs, with an enrollment of 29 doctoral students, 1084 masters students and 642 undergraduate majors, led by 43 full-time faculty and more than 100 part-time faculty. The iSchool is ranked #4 overall by US News and World Report for library and information science and #2 for information systems and #6 in the QS World University Rankings (2019). Faculty teach in the classroom and/or prepare and oversee delivery of online courses (with a typical allocation of two campus courses per semester), and mentor and advise undergraduate, masters and doctoral students.

iSchool faculty members received more than $5M in external research support in the past year from funders including the Institute of Museum and Library and Services and the National Science Foundation. The iSchool hosts seven research centers and laboratories and is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence ( CAE ) in Research and in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (IA/CD) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 01/25/2021 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

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