Institution

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Job Title

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Informational Accessibility (Open Rank) 

Department/College

School of Information Sciences (iSchool)

Dates

Opening Date: 11/11/2022
Closing Date:  12/08/2022

Job Description

The School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at all ranks (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor). We especially welcome applications in the broad areas of inclusive design, accessible technology and ability-based design for, with, and by people with disabilities. Disabilities include different kinds of impairments such as sensory, physical, or cognitive, that may be permanent, progressive (e.g., due to aging or illness), temporary, or situational. The research topics include but are not limited to:

  • Participatory design, co-design, action research or other research methods directly involving people with disabilities
  • Inclusive design and research that would lead to direct impacts for the targeted communities of disabilities
  • Information behavior of people with disabilities
  • Accessibility related adoption, learning and use especially in the context of Virtual/Mixed/Extended/Augmented Reality and Games
  • Critical approaches to technology design with and by people with disabilities


Preference will be given to candidates whose research engages in issues of accessibility as social justice and/or work with communities that have been historically underserved.

Exceptional candidates in any area of information science or related fields, and particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive and just society, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

 

Job Duties

We seek applicants who will thrive in an interdisciplinary academic unit at one of the nation's premier land-grant research universities. Successful candidates must exhibit the potential to conduct world-class research, teach effectively in undergraduate, professional, and doctoral programs, and contribute to our mission of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Experience/Qualifications/Knowledge/Skills

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent by the time of appointment.
 

Supplemental Information

At the iSchool at Illinois, we employ methods from across the disciplines to grapple with society’s most urgent challenges related to information, its practices, and technologies. Our faculty are global experts in areas as diverse as AI, children’s books, and network science.

Our doctoral degree in Information Sciences builds on a long tradition that includes the oldest LIS doctoral program in the country and the top-ranked professional master’s program in library and information science. We also offer professional master’s programs in information management and bioinformatics, a licensure program in school librarianship, as well as an interdisciplinary, STEM-designated undergraduate degree in information sciences. More information can be found at: http://ischool.illinois.edu/.

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About the University

Living in Champaign-Urbana

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing [email protected].

How to Apply

To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter discussing your interest in and suitability for this position, CV, and statements of research and teaching.

For full consideration, please apply by the priority deadline of 6 p.m. (CST) on December 8, 2022. Applications not submitted through jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered. Interviews may take place before the search is closed; however, no offers will be made until after that priority deadline.

This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The preferred starting date is August 16, 2023. For further information, please contact [email protected].


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