University of South Florida

School of Information

One Assistant Professor Position

Closing date: Open until filled



The University of SouthFlorida (USF) School of Information seeks exceptional candidates for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant professor level. We are seeking candidates with expertise in some of the following areas: information visualization, visual communication (especially statistical analysis and visualization of large data sets), scientific visualization, interaction design, visual content creation and distribution, health information systems, and other related areas. Candidates are expected to demonstrate enthusiasm for, and excellence in, teaching, as well as a significant potential for scholarly productivity and the securing of external funding. Responsibilities will also include student advising and mentoring, and committee service at department, college, and university levels. Candidatesmust have the ability to develop, teach, and integrate emerging distance learning technologies into SI online courses, as well as, the ability and willingness to teach in the USF SI core curriculum of undergraduate and graduate programs. Salaries are nationally competitive commensurate with the rank of assistant professor. The position is a nine-month, tenure-track appointment with likely summer teaching and research opportunities.


The University of South Florida System is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $411 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2011/2012. The system offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. It has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference. USF is an Equal Opportunity Institution


The USF School of Information (SI) is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, which consists of 23 academic departments and 22 centers and institutes that are highly collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature.  SI has enjoyed a strong tradition that has primarily focused on the education of information professionals in a variety of settings for several decades. The School continues to evolve and grow, most recently with its Bachelor of Science inInformation Studies program, which began as part of SI inFall 2010. This program integrates a strong foundation in information technology as well as an understanding of human, organizational, policy and other issues. While the degree necessarily provides students with in-depth technical knowledge and skills, emphasis is given to understanding how people interact with information and technology, and other complexities of the information society. The School also has an ALA-accredited Masterís degree (with nearly 350 graduate students). 


The following are the required and preferred qualifications of potential candidates:



  • PhD in Information Science/ Studies or one of the closely related following disciplines: Information Studies, Informatics, Visual Communication, Computer Science, or Instructional Technology, or very similar areas.
  • Evidence that the doctorate degree will be completed by the appointment date.
  • Evidence or clear ability to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary research.
  • Evidence of having developed, taught, and / or integrated emerging distance learning technologies into online courses.


  • Evidence of teaching and/or professional experiences in previously indicated areas.
  • Demonstrated potential for multidisciplinary research funding and assisting in the development of a new area of study.
  • An online portfolio that includes example visualizations from the candidateís academic focus.


We will begin screening applications on November 1, 2012 and the review process will continue until the positions are filled. Appointment isexpected for August 2013 (fall 2012 semester). USF SI faculty will be available to talk with interested parties at the 2012 ASIS&T Conference in Baltimore, the 2013 ALISE Conference in Seattle, and the 2013 iSchool Conference in Dallas.


Application Process

Applicants who wish to apply for this position should go to: and follow the links and instructions for applying for the faculty line. When applying, required fields include a cover letter, CV, and a list of the names and contact information for three references. Optional material may be included through an address for online portfolio materials. For any further questions about this position please contact the search committee chair Dr. Edd Schneider at [log in to unmask]


Equal Opportunity Statement

USF is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer, and is committed to diversity in hiring, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is a Public Records Agency.


According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public.  For ADA accommodations, please contact Dr. Edd Schneider at 813-974-3520 or [log in to unmask] at least five working days prior to need.