University at Albany

Job Title

Associate Professor in Information Sciences and Informatics (2)


Information Studies


Opening Date: 12/15/2022
Closing Date:  03/16/2023

Job Description

The University at Albany, State University of New York, seeks two Associate Professors in Information Sciences and/or Informatics. The new hires will be members of the UAlbany AI Institute. The successful candidates will provide evidence of expertise in AI and address how AI is integral to their research program. The candidates will be hired into the Department of Information Sciences and Technology within the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity (CEHC). These positions will start in the fall of 2023.

We are becoming an increasingly connected society. With smart devices, virtual reality headsets, eGaming, social media, the cloud, cellphones, pet trackers, heart rate monitors, air quality sensors, and self-driving cars, it's hard to find a single area of our lives that is not impacted by the "Internet of Things" and artificial intelligence. At the undergraduate level, the Department of Information Sciences and Technology prepares the next generation of leaders to confront these grand challenges of the 21st century through interdisciplinary understandings of information and information technologies in society and in organizations. Students can earn a B.S. in one of six concentrations: Game Design and Development, Interactive User Experience, Information Technology, Social Media, Data Analytics, and Software Development. We also offer three minors: Informatics, Machine Learning Informatics, and Game Development and Design.

At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Science in Information Science (M.S.I.S.) and a Master of Science in Information Science, School Library (M.S.S.L.), accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). The Graduate Programs nourish future information professionals in various organizations, including cultural heritage institutions, government, education, health, private sectors, etc. The College also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Science and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science. A combined B.A./M.S.I.S. or B.S./M.S.I.S. permits highly qualified students to begin work on the master's degree while still an undergraduate. The Department of Information Sciences and Technology offers programs that specifically explore the creation, dissemination, presentation, and use of data.

Job Duties

Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), the successful candidates will be integral parts of the department's instructional team. Associate Professors deliver undergraduate and graduate-level instruction, conduct research, and partake in advisement responsibilities. Each semester, the tenure-track and tenured faculty generally teach two courses. While we welcome candidates from a range of specializations and methodologies, we especially encourage candidates whose scholarly work critically engages with diverse ways of understanding issues in technology and society. This could include scholarship in topics such as theoretical or applied machine learning; algorithm development and solving concrete problems for science, industry, and society within various application areas, such as health, bioinformatics, sensors, libraries and cultural heritage institutions, smart cities and communities, information retrieval and web data mining, digital education and teaching technology. The successful candidates will also be expected to participate in College and Department activities, serve on committees, attend faculty meetings and retreats, and participate in end-of-session activities along with graduation and other meetings that arise, in addition to developing curriculum.

The IST department within CEHC is committed to increasing diversity in the related fields that have traditionally been underrepresented by minorities and women's participation. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts. The Associate Professor will play an integral part in developing and offering classes that foster a sense of welcoming to traditional, diverse, and non-traditional students. There are opportunities for collaboration across departments, particularly through our interdisciplinary Information Science doctoral program.

Qualified candidates will be expected to participate in the department's commitment to eradicating disparities in undergraduate/graduate study and careers in Information Science and Informatics.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, Information Science, Informatics, Data Science, Computer Science, Computational Science, Statistics, or a related field, from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization by May 2023.
  • Applicants must address in their application their ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of artificial intelligence in their existing research program.
  • A record of innovative, meaningful research and published scholarship on topics in the field of Artificial Intelligence, with a focus on topics such as machine learning; natural language processing; computer vision; explainable AI; robotics; or artificial intelligence in business, education, healthcare, government, libraries, and gaming; virtual and augmented reality, and/or closely related fields.
  • Applicants must have experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses and contribute to the core curriculum in IST.
  • Published research that creatively utilizes a wide range of methods. We are particularly interested in researchers who use mixed qualitative/quantitative approaches and can contribute to the academic programs of all levels within the Department and College.
  • Applicants must address their ability to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds and to work collaboratively with a diverse group of faculty and stakeholders, internal and external.
  • The candidate must demonstrate the ability to work in modern, engaged pedagogies, and be capable to deliver in all modes of teaching, including in-person and online.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ability to teach and develop classes in the subfields of informatics
  • Interest /prior research in the intersection of informatics and AI.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding.
  • Experience in developing programs in existing and emerging subfields of artificial intelligence.
  • Demonstrated ability to impact learners' preparation and development of knowledge and skills in the areas of social justice, equity, and cultural competency

Supplemental Information

The mission of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) and its constituent departments is to make a difference in the world by providing high-quality academic programs, blending an interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial spirit, fostering enthusiasm for learning and teaching, promoting operational application of knowledge, and leading cutting-edge research initiatives that bring together people, technology, and knowledge to address the challenges of the 21st century. As the first college of its kind in the nation, CEHC is growing rapidly as it has recently established both undergraduate and graduate academic programs in Cybersecurity, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security, in addition to the already established Information Science and Informatics programs. One of the hallmarks of the College and its departments is the crosscutting nature of the education and research efforts across these fields. UAlbany and the State of New York are committed to seeing the College become a global leader in education and research in these fields and are providing significant support to the establishment and planned growth of the unit. CEHC is a participating iSchool.

The College also houses an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Information Science with specializations ranging from Data Analytics to Knowledge Organization Management. CEHC faculty along with affiliated faculty from the School of Business, Rockefeller College, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and College of Arts and Sciences support about 40 doctoral students. In addition to their core courses, students select a primary and secondary specialization to demonstrate a breadth of understanding of the information fields.

Like the University, the College and the departments are committed to increased diversity in all its activities. Faculty and students are encouraged to engage with relevant communities in research and teaching, and the Department has a strong record of such engagement both locally and abroad. We wish to hire a colleague whose scholarship and teaching foster transformation toward a more just society and involves meaningful partnerships with community-based organizations. We value diverse lived experiences that inform research, teaching, and mentoring.

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Associate Professor (10 months)

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Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Cover letter
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Statement
  • Available evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. syllabi, student evaluations)
  • Statement of commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and service
  • Contact information for three references

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