University of Texas at Austin

Job Title

Assistant Professor in Health Informatics and/or Social Justice Informatics


School of Information


Opening Date: 09/23/2021
Closing Date:  11/01/2021

Job Description

The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Health Informatics and/or Social Justice Informatics.

We are particularly interested in information scholars who will focus on the design and use of information technology in healthcare and/or the redistribution of power to address inequities at the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, and class.We especially welcome applications from researchers whose research potentially addresses both (e.g., the use of technology to address health disparities in underserved populations).

Job Duties

Health Informatics: We understand Health Informatics to involve advancing knowledge at the intersection between information technology and people in various healthcare settings that may range from institutions (e.g., hospitals, clinics, nursing homes) to private homes. We especially encourage applications from researchers who study the challenges and opportunities associated with health informatics in underserved populations, taking into account the diverse situations and preferences among diverse settings and users.

Social Justice Informatics: We understand Social Justice Informatics to involve building knowledge (historical, empirical, theoretical, critical) to drive action on challenges such as racism, human rights, poverty, environmental justice, and development towards a more just society. Specific areas of research focus may include access to information and technology, equity, diversity, participation, human development, human rights, public interest technology, and critical race theory, to name a few. Candidates focused on human-centered design for civic or social good are invited, especially those using design methodologies that include participation of and build capacity within communities.

We invite applications from scholars from diverse disciplines including information science/studies, health sciences, computer science, psychology, media studies, communication, political science, ethnic studies, human geography, sociology, women/gender studies, civil/criminal law and more. Scholars with interdisciplinary experience are especially welcome. Applicants, especially those unfamiliar with Information Schools, are welcome to contact us via the email below prior to submitting their application to discuss how their research agenda connects to our school, as well as examining resources provided at


Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in a field that is relevant to their area of research and teaching, or be able to convincingly demonstrate that they will complete the degree before starting (e.g., by documenting a scheduled viva/defense). We are unable to consider applications beyond early Assistant Professor stage for this position.

For all of the positions, we seek candidates with excellent research, teaching, service and leadership abilities and a commitment to shaping the future of the UT Austin iSchool and the field of information science/studies more broadly. Candidates who currently or will potentially make outstanding contributions to the diversification of their scholarly fields and/or institutions of higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

Supplementation Information

The UT Austin iSchool is a premier research and education program for the 21st century field of information, where we are changing the future by engaging the present and preserving the past. Research and teaching at the iSchool changes the ways that we interact with information and technology, changes how information can make the world a better and fairer place for everyone, and changes the ways we protect and preserve our collective memory. For more information about the iSchool, see

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit

Required materials include: 

  1. Current CV, 
  2. A cover letter (1 page), 
  3. A statement of your research plans (2-4 pages), 
  4. A sample of your writing, such as a chapter of your dissertation or a paper on which you were a lead author,   
  5. A teaching statement (1-2 pages), 
  6. Names and contact details of 3 references who have agreed to provide a reference letter (we will solicit reference letters, if needed, later in the process), and 
  7. A diversity statement (1-4 pages). The purpose of the diversity statement is to identify candidates who have professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance campus diversity and equity efforts.  

Questions about this position may be sent to [email protected].   


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