University of Wisconsin-Madison

Job Title

Assistant Professor, Information School - Ethics in CDI Cluster Hire


Information School at UW-Madison


Opening Date: 09/27/2021
Closing Date:  11/15/2021

Job Description

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Information School seeks highly qualified candidates for a tenure track position with research and teaching emphasis in the area of ethics of computing, data, and information. This position will be an academic nine-month, tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level, to start in August 2022.

This position is one of three new faculty positions that are part of a cluster hire in ethics of computing, data, and information. Other units participating in the cluster are the departments of Computer Sciences and Philosophy and the Holtz Center for Science, Technology & Society.

The other job postings in this cluster include PVL 241091 and another TBD later this fall; applicants who wish to be considered for multiple cluster positions should apply separately to each.

Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and ability to do collaborative, cross-disciplinary work with other cluster members on important ethical questions in computing, data, or information.

Applicants should bring the following key contributions:

  1. Expertise in theories and concepts key to ethics, equity, and justice in information, data, and computing. These may include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, class, free speech, privacy, surveillance, transparency, content moderation, platform power, trust, misinformation, and/or human rights.
  2. A record of work analyzing socio-technical systems, such as platforms and information systems, algorithms, programming or software practices, surveillance systems, etc.
  3. The ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics of computing, data, and information to students from a range of disciplinary and educational backgrounds, including information, computer, and data sciences.
  4. The interest and ability to do collaborative, cross-disciplinary work with other cluster members on important questions of ethics, equity, and justice in computing, data, or information. Candidates should be familiar with interdisciplinary research and theory, including from Science & Technology Studies. We are especially interested in candidates whose work speaks across disciplinary boundaries of computation, qualitative and quantitative social sciences, and humanities.

Job Duties

Faculty responsibilities include research and publication, teaching courses, student advising (both master's and PhD), and service. The teaching load is two courses per semester.

The selected candidate will conduct scholarly research resulting in publications in high-quality peer-reviewed scholarly venues, acquire external funding to support research and graduate students, and design and teach bachelor's, master's and doctoral level courses (both online and in person).

The candidate will be an affiliate of and contributor to the Holtz Center for Science for Science & Technology Studies. The candidate will be committed to service within the department, university, and profession appropriate to faculty rank.


Ph.D. in information science or a related, position-relevant field
Demonstrated outstanding research record
Demonstrated excellence in teaching

Supplementation Information

Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. The Information School and the UW-Madison College of Letters and Sciences committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff. UW-Madison is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

INSTITUTIONAL STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY: Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

How to Apply

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Your application must be received through the Jobs at UW portal ( to be considered as a candidate (PVL 241485).

To apply for this position, please click "Apply Online" to begin the process. You will be required to upload the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current CV
  3. Research statement and teaching philosophy/statement (please upload as 1 document)
  4. Writing sample
  5. Statement addressing past and potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and service (1 page).

You will be asked for the names and contact information of three references from whom the Information School will request letters.

The deadline for ensuring full consideration is November 15, 2021, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

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