Assistant Professor in School of Information

Michigan, United States
07 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

All applicants should submit a cover letter, a vita, three representative publications, evidence of teaching excellence, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a statement of current and future research plans, contributions to diversity, and three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be submitted electronically to:  Please direct enquiries about this position to Beth Yakel, (  This is a rolling search and we plan to make offers as qualified candidates are identified.  Consideration of applications will begin immediately.   

Job Summary

Pending approval of the Digital Studies Institute by the University of Michigan (UM) Board of Regents, the School of Information (UMSI) and the Digital Studies Institute (UMDSI) seek a tenure-track professor at the assistant level in the multidisciplinary areas of archival studies and digital studies. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2019.  UMSI and UMDSI seek applicants who can contribute to the research, teaching, and service missions of the units and the university. The candidate will be recruited as part of a cluster hire and arrive as part of a cohort that includes scholars from Communication Studies and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies who are working in critical/cultural humanistic and social science methods to analyze digital culture. This is a broad search open to researchers working in a variety of methods and concerned with the archive or archives and the power, social change, identity, and representation associated with those who are documented by others versus themselves and those who have the right to represent themselves and others.

Broadly construed, the research areas of interest include:

  • Digital representation and interpretation of archival content and collections including studies of archival representations of gendered and racial minorities;
  • Provenance and ownership of archival records;
  • Integrity and user acceptance of digital archives;
  • Metadata and information organization;
  • Indigenous and minority platform and preservation studies;
  • Intersectional digital studies of memory and contested history;
  • Digital production and power;
  • Alternative digital histories and knowledge production;
  • Documentation of digital social movements;
  • Development, application, and evolution of data and metadata standards over time by different user communities;
  • Data for social good
  • This position will be appointed as a 50/50 joint position at the junior level with the School of Information as the administrative and tenure-track home. Teaching duties will be split between the School of Information and the Digital Studies Institute to support both unit’s growing degree and certificate programs for undergraduate and graduate students.  All other criteria for job expectations and responsibilities listed below will apply. 


Each contributing member of the faculty is expected to have teaching effort equivalent to three residential courses per year.  In addition to formal classroom and/or online teaching, faculty are expected to work with students by serving as advisors for independent studies, master’s projects and theses, and doctoral dissertations. Job duties include teaching, research and service. Additional job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Conducting scholarly research resulting in publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, edited books, books, and conference papers
Seeking outside funding to support the faculty member’s research
Providing service to the school, University, and broader academic community by way of committee work, journal editing, and various other opportunities

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in an area such as information, computer science, the humanities, social sciences, or other relevant area
  • A strong interest in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • A proven record in teaching and research is desirable
  • A strong commitment to teaching, interdisciplinary research, and cultural diversity

About UMSI, UMDSI, and UM

The mission of the School of Information is to create and share knowledge to help people use information -- with technology -- to build a better world. A successful candidate will be committed to, and will directly contribute to our goal of being the best research and teaching institution for the understanding and design of information and its technologies in service of people and society. The School is home to vibrant research and teaching programs, with 50 FTE faculty, and 945 students. We offer four degrees: a Ph.D.; a Master of Science in Information; a Master of Health Informatics; and a Bachelor of Science in Information.  In the fall of 2019 we expect to launch a new online degree: Master of Applied Data Science.

Michigan’s Digital Studies Institute is a major initiative to develop pioneering digital studies research and curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The person hired for this faculty position along with other faculty hired as part of the cluster, will play a key role in shaping Digital Studies as it continues to grow.  Our research strengths include digital media and identity, game studies, digital media theory and history, infrastructure studies, and digital aesthetics.  We are an interdisciplinary unit that includes faculty from multiple departments and colleges.  We offer two degrees: a thriving undergraduate minor and a new graduate certificate.

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked among the nation's top ten universities. The University has one of the largest health care complexes in the world and one of the best library systems in the United States. With more than $1 billion in research expenditures annually, the University has the second largest research expenditure among all universities in the nation. The University has an annual general fund budget of more than $2.1 billion and an endowment valued at more than $10.9 billion. For more information about UMSI or other job opportunities please visit

Background Screening

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.