Two New Academic Positions at the University of Pittsburgh

Below are descriptions of two new opportunities in my School in the areas of Archives and Information Science and Data Stewardship.

 

First Position

Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship

Non-Tenure-Stream Faculty Position in Archives and Information Sciences

The School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.ischool.pitt.edu) is currently inviting applications for a non-tenure-stream faculty position in the field of Archives and Information Sciences at an Assistant/Associate Professor level– Position #27041 (Non-Tenure Stream). The initial appointment is expected to be three years with consideration for renewal. Anticipated start date is August 1, 2017.

We are seeking candidates with the desire and ability to lead our Archives and Information Sciences pathway. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to impactful research as well as to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The applicant’s main research and teaching areas may include:

  • Digital curation, preservation, and stewardship, including data archives, research data management, and innovative methods for long-term information stewardship;
  • Historical and contemporary archival research and practice, with an emphasis on how traditional archival functions are being transformed in today’s digital, collaborative environments;
  • Specialized fields such as community archives and informatics, digital forensics, and digital humanities;
  • Information governance and US and international archival recordkeeping policies, traditions, and laws.

 

Our School has maintained one of the leading archives graduate programs in the United States for many years. We are particularly interested in someone who is comfortable with our department’s growing focus on data stewardship and digital curation.

 

Candidates applying for the position are expected to hold an earned doctorate or the equivalent in academic or professional experience. Applicants should present a record of effective teaching, research, leadership abilities and related scholarly activities. Electronic applications should be sent to https://ischoolatpitt.wufoo.com/forms/faculty-position-in-archives-and-info-sciences/. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and the names, postal addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers for three references. For full consideration and priority, applications must be received by February 15, 2017.  Questions about the position should be directed to:

Dr. Richard Cox, Chair of the Search Committee

School of Computing and Information

University of Pittsburgh

 

Further information regarding the School and this position can be found at http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/news/facultyopenings.php.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information is a top-ranked information school (iSchool) offering a wide variety of multidisciplinary opportunities, including an undergraduate program (BSIS), Master’s programs in information science (MSIS), telecommunications & networking (MST), library & information science (MLIS), and Ph.D. programs. The School offers generous research, teaching, travel, and administrative support.

Pittsburgh’s industrial past has given way to an enterprising and vibrant present. Affordable living, world-class universities, distinctive neighborhoods, growing industries, and an abundance of leisure activities create a quality of life in Pittsburgh that is virtually unmatched. Pittsburgh is consistently ranked in Rand McNally’s Top Ten Most Livable Cities in North America.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled.

Second Position

Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship 

     Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Data Stewardshp

The School of Computing and Information (http://www.ischool.pitt.edu) at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking to fill a faculty position in Data Stewardship at an Assistant/Associate Professor level – Position #134534 (Non-Tenure Stream). The initial appointment is expected to be three years with consideration for renewal. Anticipated start date is August 1, 2017.

We are looking for an experienced practitioner and scholar in Data Stewardship who can demonstrate an in-depth understanding of data curation, data documentation and data preservation, specifically:

  • Current best practices and policy surrounding active data management through the data lifecycle, including data collection, data management plans, data storage, data quality and reproducibility
  • Experience of handling research data including application of data standards and formats, data description and documentation, metadata schema for disciplinary data, data citation and persistent identifiers, data publication, data analysis, data visualization, data re-use and metrics
  • Contemporary good practice in data selection and appraisal, data infrastructure including data repository software platforms, and long-term data preservation strategies
  • An awareness of diverse disciplinary data practices, research workflows and workflow platforms, as well as an in-depth knowledge of particular domain(s).

 

The University of Pittsburgh School is a top-ranked information school (iSchool) offering a wide variety of multidisciplinary opportunities, including an undergraduate program (BSIS), Master’s programs in information science (MSIS), telecommunications & networking (MST), library & information science (MLIS), and Ph.D. programs. The new Data Stewardship Pathway for graduate students studying for the MLIS, draws on the concept of “translational data science”, described by Lyon & Brenner (2015) as:

“the enhanced transition of skills, software tools and intelligence from the iSchool to the marketplace, which may be interpreted as industry, government, libraries, archives or data centers”. Adopting a translational perspective will enable iSchools to supply and deploy data talent and data products more rapidly to the range of consumers, where there is currently an acknowledged workforce need”.

Development of the Data Stewardship Pathway has been further informed by the results of two small-scale studies, which featured an analysis of requirements for real-world positions in each of the six data science roles (data archivist, data librarian, data steward / curator, data analyst, data engineer and data journalist) and which highlighted the knowledge, skills and competencies being sought by employers (Lyon, Mattern, Acker & Langmead 2016; Lyon & Mattern 2016).

We expect candidates for this position to possess strong experience within the broader data community or in professional data curation environments and to have excellent interpersonal, communication and team skills. The new faculty member is expected to be able to liaise and collaborate with disciplinary faculty and researchers across a range of Schools and Departments in the University, but also with the regional, national and international data community. The University is actively addressing the development and adoption of research data management infrastructure, working through the Data Management Committee and administration support services on campus.

The successful candidate will contribute to the Data Stewardship Pathway through both research and teaching undergrad and post-graduate students, and will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of current data developments, trends, challenges, emerging fields and a positive commitment to research. As the School offers an online degree program in addition to on-campus programs, candidates with complementary expertise and experience in educational technologies are encouraged to apply.

Candidates applying for the position(s) are expected to hold an earned Doctorate or the equivalent in academic or professional experience. Applicants should present a record of effective teaching, research, and related scholarly activities. Electronic applications should be sent to

https://ischoolatpitt.wufoo.com/forms/faculty-position-in-data-stewardship/ .

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and the names, addresses (with e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references. For full consideration, applications must be received by February 15, 2017.

Dr. Richard Cox, Chair of Search Committee

School of Computing and Information

University of Pittsburgh

 

Further information regarding the School and this position can be found at http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/news/facultyopenings.php

Pittsburgh’s industrial past has given way to an enterprising and vibrant present. Affordable living, world-class universities, distinctive neighborhoods, growing industries, and an abundance of leisure activities create a quality of life in Pittsburgh that is virtually unmatched. Pittsburgh is consistently ranked in Rand McNally’s Top Ten Most Livable Cities in North America.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled.

 

 

 

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