FACULTY POSITION – School of Library and Information Studies/Living Environments Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS; at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in partnership with the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID;,, seeks an exceptional candidate with demonstrated commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service to join our dynamic learning community as Professor, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor. We invite applications for a full time tenure track or tenured position, beginning fall 2012, to conduct research, teach one course per semester, advise master’s students and supervise doctoral research. The research specialization may be in Human Computer Interaction, Library and Information Studies, Medical Informatics, or related field. Candidates should have a Ph.D. by August 2012.  Candidates for tenured appointments must have a record of excellence in teaching, research and service. The position will be 50% in SLIS and 50% in the WID Living Environments Laboratory (LEL) theme area, with a tenure home in SLIS. 

We seek applicants with research expertise in human interaction with information and information systems including, but not limited to, user experience design, usability and information use/disuse, cognitive and affective science, psycho-physiology, affective computing, gaming, ecological approaches, distributed cognition, contextual design, impact analysis, and experiential cognitive/cognitive behavioral therapy. Researchers with a current or potential interest in personal care, daily living, wellbeing and health are particularly desirable. We are seeking candidates whose research is socially important, methodologically innovative and theoretically motivated. The successful candidate will work within and lead collaborative discipline-spanning LEL research teams at WID while also serving as a faculty member in the School of Library and Information Studies, including teaching SLIS courses in the areas of information technology, organization of information or information use and users.

SLIS has approximately 200 masters and 20 doctoral students in LIS.  The School is equipped with a newly remodeled instructional computer laboratory, a usability lab, and its own library, in addition to the resources of the University Libraries. It cooperates actively with the University Library System, the Cooperative Children's Book Center and the Wisconsin Historical Society's library and archives.  It is home to the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, and is a founding member of the interdisciplinary Digital Studies undergraduate initiative ( It occupies a modern classroom building overlooking beautiful Lake Mendota in one of the world's finest universities and in one of the United States’ most livable cities.

WID represents a bold new interdisciplinary research initiative funded by the State of Wisconsin, the Morgridge Foundation and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).  It provides an exciting opportunity for creative applicants to work in a multi-disciplinary environment while pursuing independent research in a state-of-the-art facility. WID is the public half of a private-public pair of Institutes that promote basic research and facilitate the translation of new discoveries to practice.
The Living Environments Laboratory was created with the vision of its research having a lasting impact on the quality of the creation of healthcare products. The Living Environments Laboratory for Acceleration of Homecare Technologies seeks faculty who will take part in shaping this exceptional venture and blaze new trails in innovative research. The LEL-WID theme aims to accelerate the design and development of personal care technologies through an innovative design space that employs a virtual reality CAVE ©, a chamber that can mimic home-found factors that may alter the function of personal care technologies, such as temperatures, vibrations and particulates, and a fully-instrumented apartment. These environments will stimulate designers to create solutions that better fit in the home context, and will provide the opportunity to undertake sophisticated user testing.

The successful candidate will have lab space in the state-of-the-art WID research facility designed to spark and support cross-disciplinary collaborations, as well as an office in SLIS. Each candidate will interview both with LEL theme members and SLIS faculty. Candidates will be expected to qualify for a tenure track appointment in SLIS. The candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, independent research program that capitalizes on the CAVE©; attract and maintain extramural funding for their research program in the Living Environments Laboratory; teach; participate in faculty governance activities in the department, college and/or University; and actively engage with the national and international scientific community.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a world-class academic institution with an international reputation for research. It attracts scholars and students from around the world. Nationally, UW-Madison ranks fourth among all U.S. universities for research and development expenditures, exceeding $950 million annually. The University has a deep culture of collaborative interdisciplinary research, reflected recently by major grants such as the $150 million DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center award (2007) and the $50 million NIH Translational Medicine award (2007). Interdisciplinary and translational centers that are positioning UW at the forefront of collaborative research include the Microbial Sciences Building (2007), the School of Medicine and Public Health's Interdisciplinary Research Complex (2008), and the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (2010).
Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. The University of Wisconsin‐Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  SLIS values and actively seeks to maintain a diverse faculty. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

 For more information, see, or contact Anne Murphy Lom, Department Administrator at [log in to unmask] To apply, send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of excellence in teaching, and the names and contact information of three references by March 1st 2012 to Anne Murphy Lom, Department Administrator, [log in to unmask] (electronic preferred). Paper mail address: School of Library and Information Studies, 600 N. Park Street, Madison WI 53706.

Christine Pawley Ph.D.
Professor & Director, School of Library and Information Studies

Director, Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture

University of Wisconsin-Madison
4238 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706
phone: 608 263-2945/608 263-2900
fax: (608) 263-4849
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