[Siguse-l] Faculty Position in Information/Social Work at the Univ. of Toronto

Nadia Caidi nadia.caidi at utoronto.ca
Wed Aug 24 11:11:00 EDT 2016

 Apologies for duplication.

Assistant Professor – Social Work and Information

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) and the Faculty of
Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto invite applications for
a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position
will be held 51% at the FIFSW and 49% at the iSchool. Appointments will
begin July 1, 2017.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its
community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons /
persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America,
persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to
the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief
Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly
related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees
or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional
planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Candidates are expected to have a program of research and experience
especially focused on big data from a quantitative or qualitative angle,
analyzing both the challenges and opportunities of big data for social
justice. Areas of specific interest can include the use and impact of big
data for social service and child welfare agencies, youth service agencies,
public libraries, archives and information centres, and for vulnerable
citizens and marginalized communities, including older adults, indigenous,
and immigrant communities. Research areas may include, but are not limited
to, the following: big data and society, data and information and
communication technology use, infrastructure and platform studies, ethics
of algorithms, data and discrimination, data and human rights, data and
social inclusion, privacy and data, and disability studies in information
studies and social work. Theoretical and methodological approaches to
research should be commensurate with applicants’ teaching and fields of

 The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work pursues excellence in the
development and testing of new knowledge that will have an impact on social
work direct practice and social policy, as well as social work education.
Our commitment to social justice means that we look for creative solutions
to social problems at the local, national and international level. We are
proud of our record as one of North America’s pre-eminent Social Work
Faculties, offering programs at the MSW, PhD, and post-MSW diploma levels.
The Faculty is involved in several collaborative programs and joint degrees
that provide many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration
including Health Administration; Addiction Studies; Aging and the Life
Course; Asia Pacific Studies; Bioethics; Child Welfare; Community
Development; Ethnic and Pluralism Studies; Health Care, Technology and
Place; Health Services and Policy Research; Human Development; Sexual
Diversity; Women and Gender Studies; and Women’s Health. Faculty website:

The iSchool at the University of Toronto educates the next generation of
professional and academic leaders in Information to transform society
through collaboration, innovation and knowledge creation. The Faculty
believes that society's information practices are being reconfigured and
transformed by material shifts in information infrastructures and by
political and cultural shifts in our attitudes toward information as a
social phenomenon, accompanied by ethical challenges. The Faculty of
Information provides a context in which to work in an emerging
interdisciplinary environment with close ties to a range of collaborative
programs including Knowledge Media Design and Book History and Print
Culture. The Faculty is also home to the Digital Curation Institute.
Faculty website: http://wvvw.ischool.utoronto.ca

Candidates must have a PhD in social work, information or a related field
by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter; an active research
program that contributes especially to information studies affecting social
work; social work practice experience; an emerging reputation in research
with demonstrated ability to attract external research funding; and
publications in high quality peer reviewed journals. Evidence of excellence
in teaching (including a teaching dossier outlining experience and
accomplishments) is also required. Salary will be commensurate with
qualifications and experience.

The application deadline is February 28, 2017. All qualified candidates are
invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications should include
a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a
statement of teaching philosophy), a brief outline of current and proposed
future research interests and two samples of published work. All
application materials should be submitted through the University of
Toronto’s online application system. If you have questions about this
position, please contact socialwork.admin at utoronto.ca.

Please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.
Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the
Faculty via e-mail to socialwork.admin at utoronto.ca. Applications without
references will not be considered.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and
permanent residents will be given priority.

Prof. Nadia Caidi
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
President (2016) of the Association for Information Science & Technology

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