Syracuse University

Job Title

Six Open-Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Positions


School of Information Studies


Opening Date: 01/27/2021
Closing Date:  09/01/2021

Job Description

Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (the iSchool, invites applications for scholars to fill six open-rank tenure-track faculty positions 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.

Job Duties

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 sociotechnical 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 the following areas, broadly construed:
  1. Library and information science (position #075550). The faculty member will bring expertise in topics such as information equity and justice, information/knowledge representation and organization, library leadership and management, special collections and archives, digital data/digital curation/digital humanities, children and youth library services.
  2. Network Social Dynamics (position #075554). This position is part of an Invest Syracuse Initiative in Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, and the Human-Technology Frontier. The faculty member will bring expertise in areas such as causal networks, network science, social cognition, social contagion, relationship science, social networks or group decision-making.
  3. Future of Work at the human-technology frontier (position #075545). This position is part of an Invest Syracuse Initiative in Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, and the Human-Technology Frontier. The faculty member will bring an active empirical research approach to topics such as collaboration between humans and autonomous systems, labor effects in algorithmic management or platform work, development of skills in the face of autonomous systems or design at the human-technology frontier.
  4. Digital misinformation and democracy (position #075546). This position is part of an Invest Syracuse Initiative in Citizenship and Democratic Institutions. *The faculty member will bring both technical and social expertise to the research and education on understanding information behavior around misinformation creation, circulation, and consumption, and/or developing methods and tools for curbing misinformation.
  5. Smart city technologies and analytics (position #075547). This position is part of an Invest Syracuse Initiative in Energy and Environment. *The faculty member will bring both technical and social perspectives to understanding how infrastructures and smart cities are designed, built, managed and improved using information technologies and data analytics. Examples of research areas include creating smarter and more livable cities and communities; analyzing complex, interdependent infrastructures; and developing systems and/or sociotechnical solutions to respond to climate change and other risks.
  6. Critical design in human-computer interaction (position #075548). This position is part of an Invest Syracuse Initiative in Social Differences, Social Justice. *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 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.


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.

Supplementation Information

Five of these positions are part of the Invest Syracuse Cluster Hire Initiative (, 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.

How to Apply