Assistant Professor


University of Maryland, College Park
College of Information Studies

The Department of Government and Politics (GVPT) in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) and the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland, College Park, invite applications for two tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level. These positions are open to applicants from any fields within political and information sciences that apply data science concepts and methods in their work. GVPT and the iSchool particularly seek candidates whose scholarship and teaching interests address important social science problems in the fields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, and Political Methodology that intersect with Information Science.

We encourage candidates to demonstrate how their research contributes toward social justice and equity, diversity and inclusion, or ethical access to information. Both faculty members will have joint appointments at GVPT and iSchool – one with a tenure home at GVPT and the other at the iSchool. Tenure home will be negotiated at the time of hire.

The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the newly formed undergraduate Major in Social Data Science, which is a BSOS-iSchool joint program. We seek a candidate who will build upon our record of educating political and information scientists committed to leadership, service, research, and innovative practice and impact.

The successful candidates will be expected to have a high-impact research agenda and to seek external funding for research. They will also teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, provide research advising to students at all levels, and engage in service to the profession and shared governance within the university.

In particular candidates whose scholarship speaks to the following broad substantive topics are encouraged to apply:

●       Social media politics

●       Information disorder (misinformation, disinformation, etc.)

●       Online political and civic participation

●       Political power in information systems

While these areas of expertise are of particular interest, candidates with expertise and interest in other relevant topics that apply data science methods are encouraged to apply. Candidates whose work recognizes the information norms and assets of marginalized communities particularly relating to the topics above and other relevant topics, are especially encouraged to apply.

This is a tenure-track appointment. Tenure-track Assistant Professors are hired for 3 years, with potential renewal for three more years and tenure review. Salary and benefits are competitive based upon qualifications and experience. Tenure-track and tenured faculty have 9-month appointments, with opportunities for grant-funded research and university-funded teaching in summers. For this position, the successful candidate will be involved in:

●       Developing and conducting research projects and disseminating research results

●       Designing and developing curricula related to information science

●       Crafting exceptional educational experiences for students

●       Participating in shared governance

●       Contributing to relevant professional communities.

Minimum Qualifications

●       A Ph.D degree at the time of appointment

●       Demonstrated research excellence, including a record of peer-reviewed research in one or more areas described in the position summary above, or related areas and potential to attract external support

●       Interest in developing effective and innovative courses.

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by September 23, 2022.

To apply please use the UMD ejobs link: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/98270