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JOB: Univ of MI Clinical Assistant Professor

The University of Michigan School of Information
Clinical Assistant Professor

The School of Information at the University of Michigan (UMSI) seeks a clinical-track professor at the assistant level.  This position will teach courses that have significant engaged learning components through applied practice and engagement with community and industry partners.  We are particularly interested in teaching and practice experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Citizen engagement – such as those who have worked within information technology to increase citizen participation;
  • Information and communication technology for development – such as those who have worked with NGOs/governments/non-profits to help underserved populations use technology to increase social mobility, community well-being and economic development;
  • Making – such as developers/designers of maker spaces/curricula in the context of schools/libraries/museums;
  • Design – someone who has been a designer and can introduce UMSI students to design thinking and help them apply design thinking to solve real world problems; and
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship – someone who has been an entrepreneur and can help UMSI students to approach problems from an entrepreneurial perspective.

The Clinical Assistant Professor will work closely with our newly created Office of Professional and Community Engagement, who staff and coordinate several ongoing engaged learning programs at UMSI, including Citizen Interaction Design and the Global Information Engagement Program. The successful candidate engages in professional activity that complements our existing areas of expertise, such as computer-supported cooperative work; incentive-centered design; digital curation; information seeking, sharing and use; community informatics; Internet-scale data, network and text analysis; social computing; and health informatics. We are especially interested in qualified applicants whose research addresses important social problems, opportunities, and questions associated with the aforementioned areas of interest to the School.

In additional to teaching, this position will be responsible for mentoring students. The School’s strong commitment to service carries with it the expectation of service to the School, university, and external communities and this service will be expected to have impact and influence on the communities served. Less emphasis will be placed on scholarly publication and a formal research record, but candidates will be expected to be able to demonstrated outstanding work at the level of professional engagement and practice through a variety of professional products. As with all faculty, criteria for appointment will include evaluation of the impact of the faculty member’s work in the community of their peers as well as those they serve in their practice, but for clinical faculty, impact will be measured in ways beyond scholarly publication.

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 59 core faculty, and nearly 850 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.

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 $1.7 billion and an endowment valued at more than $7.6 billion.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years professional experience in an area such as information, computer science, engineering, business, design, or related fields
  • Demonstrated potential for successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Demonstrated potential for directing student project teams
  • Demonstrated potential for working in collaboration with staff and external clients/sponsors
  • Ability to develop new course materials
  • Ability to organize and administer professional practice activities
  • A strong commitment to teaching, service, interdisciplinary practice and research, and diversity

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in an area, such as information, computer science, engineering, business, design, or related fields preferred

How to Apply:
Application review will begin November 1, 2017. All applicants should submit the following materials electronically to:

  • Cover letter which includes a statement of contributions to diversity in teaching and professional activity
  • Curriculum vita
  • Three representative publications or professional products
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Statement of current and future professional impact and research plans
  • Three letters of recommendation

Background Screening
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.