Institution

University of British Columbia

Job Title

Tenure Track Assistant Professor (MAS)

Department/College

School of Information (iSchool)

Dates

Opening Date: 10/19/2022
Closing Date:  11/20/2022

Job Description

The University of British Columbia’s School of Information, one of the world’s leading iSchools, invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Archival Studies.

We are seeking a new faculty member for our Master of Archival Studies (MAS) program, the first, and one of the only standalone archival programs in North America. The program has an international reputation for academic leadership and strong connections with local and international communities. As our new archival studies colleague, you will have the potential to contribute to the ongoing vision and future direction of the MAS program and the school.

We seek candidates who will complement existing expertise and particularly welcome those with one or more of the following demonstrated strengths:

  • Digital approaches to archival and recordkeeping processes and problems (including but not limited to:
    • Digital transformation and preservation of archival material;
    • Theories, perspectives and practices at the intersection of emerging technologies, archives and recordkeeping);
  • Global archival and recordkeeping theories, perspectives, and practices (including but not limited to:
    • Indigenous archival theories, perspectives, and practices;
    • Community-centred archival and recordkeeping theories, perspectives and practices;
    • Archives and evidence in the context of humanitarian crises).

Job Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake an active program of original research, publication, and other knowledge mobilization; to teach courses and undertake student supervision in archival and recordkeeping studies at the graduate and potentially undergraduate level; and contribute to leadership and service initiatives within the School of Information. Other activities include student advising and membership of administrative committees as assigned by the director. Additional responsibilities may include participation in ongoing revision of the MAS curriculum.

As member of a small archival faculty contingent, you will have the opportunity to develop your own specialized courses as well as to teach in one or more of the following areas:
  • Digital preservation;
  • Digital archives;
  • Archival diplomatics;
  • Archival appraisal;
  • Archival and recordkeeping systems;
  • Indigenous and non-Western recordkeeping models and practices;
  • Reference, advocacy and outreach;
  • Non-textual archives and records;
  • Histories of recordkeeping;
  • Community archives.

Experience/Qualifications/Knowledge/Skills

We seek applicants with a record of demonstrated research impact, as well as potential to publish, teach effectively, and secure external research funding. We acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic pathways can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. We encourage applications that may not fit this mold and challenge our ideas of teaching, scholarship and research.
 

Supplemental Information

The School of Information is a top-ranked institution in the field of information management and presents a vibrant teaching and research environment. Our faculty are engaged in innovative and collaborative research, community engagement, and professional leadership. We offer several top-ranked graduate programs with consistent high evaluations from our students, including a PhD program, Masters programs in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and Archival Studies (MAS), and a First Nations Curriculum Concentration (FNCC), our specialization that focuses on Indigenous information initiatives. Further information about the School of Information can be found at https://ischool.ubc.ca.

Equity and mutual respect are core values of the School of Information; we pay particular attention to the needs of all marginalized and under-represented groups of people. As School we are actively engaged in implementing UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) (https://isp.ubc.ca/) and the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). We seek to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable school for faculty, staff and students of all backgrounds and identities. Candidates are expected to have a strong commitment to the mission of School of Information and show the potential of diverse, critical, and socially responsible approaches in teaching and research.

UBC has an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. It is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, one of the world’s most beautiful and culturally diverse cities. UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Indigenous engagement at UBC, visit http://indigenous.ubc.ca/.

How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted before November 20, 2022, via this online form: https://lais.air.arts.ubc.ca/tenure-track-assistant-professor-position-in-archival-studies/

Applicants should be prepared to upload in the following order and in a single PDF:

  • Letter of application;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages);
  • Statement of experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion (1-2 pages);
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (2-3 pages), for example teaching evaluation, peer assessment, lesson plan, and/or course syllabus;
  • Two scholarly writing samples;
  • Name, title, and affiliation, and contact information of three references.

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent directly by their referees, by the application deadline, via email to [email protected] with the subject line “Assistant Professor Position in Archival Studies”.

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