Wilson Distinguished Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
September 18, 2023
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Posting Information

Department Sch of Inform and Libr Science - 370101

Posting Open Date 07/24/2023 Application Deadline 09/18/2023 Open Until Filled No Position Type Permanent Faculty Working Title Wilson Distinguished Professor Appointment Type Tenured/Tenure Track Vacancy ID FAC0004615 Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent Hours per week 40 FTE 1 Position Location North Carolina, US Hiring Range Commensurate of Experience and Education Proposed Start Date 01/01/2024

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) seeks to advance the profession and practice of librarianship and information science, to prepare students for careers in the field of information and library science, and to make significant contributions to the study of information. We educate innovative and responsible thinkers who will lead the information professions. These future leaders will be equipped to discover principles and impacts of information, create systems, techniques, and policies to advance information processes and services, and advance information creation, access, use, management and stewardship to improve the quality of life for local, national, and global communities.

The School's programs are among the top ranked by the US News and World Report, and the School is internationally known for its outstanding research, teaching, and service. We offer multiple Bachelor, Masters, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees as well as a variety of dual degree, professional, certificate and online programs for personal enrichment at any stage of a students' academic career (https: // sils.unc.edu/programs). We are a proud interdisciplinary campus partner leading the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP); Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP); and The Knowledge Trust. We have proudly staffed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library since 1975.

The Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) is an interdisciplinary research and training program that plays a key role in fulfilling UNC-Chapel Hill's commitment to improving human health through health informatics research, data sharing, development, and education. We draw faculty, health care professionals, and students from across the UNC campus to conduct basic and translational research and to offer graduate training in health informatics for scientists across the disciplines and for clinicians in medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, and pharmacy.

The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) is a research center dedicated to understanding the growing impact of the internet, social media, and other forms of digital information sharing in the context of the people who design, use, and govern them. CITAP conducts original research that illuminates how people, technology, and power intersect. Our topics of study include: how inequalities are coded into new technology systems, networked communities and how people come together online, platform governance, and identity and disinformation. We take a holistic approach grounded in history, society, culture, and politics to the study of technology platforms and information systems.

Located in Research Triangle Park (RTP), SILS provides professional library services to the EPA's largest research facility, where investigators focus on air pollution and its effects on human health and the ecosystem. The Library's collections and services provide exposure to and experience with a wide range of materials, including biomedical, toxicological, and chemical information; engineering literature; government documents; and basic management and computer information. The EPA-RTP Library internship has been a cornerstone of the library's service model since 1975. The library is staffed by a mixture of full-time professional librarians and up to eight graduate student interns.

Position Summary

The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (SILS) invites nominations and applications for the Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professorship, a tenured, full professor, appointment. Established through Dr. Wilson's estate, this distinguished professorship continues a strong legacy of library and information theory and services. As UNC's first librarian, and SILS founder and first dean, there have been few individuals who have left a bigger mark on the UNC campus, the state of North Carolina, and the information professions than Dr. Wilson.

We seek a dynamic senior leader to join us in shaping the future of the library and information professions, library and archival practice, and the roles that information plays in the 21st century, the roles institutions will play in empowering marginalized voices, bringing communities together, and understanding the constantly changing impacts that memory and new knowledge have on our society.

Our internationally renowned programs educate leaders who shape information policy and inspire junior scholars to new directions in research and practice. We seek a senior researcher and thought leader who will help the faculty define new research and curriculum directions, mentor junior faculty, and serve as a voice for ethical and human-centered approaches to data-driven information models and services. Our campus provides myriad opportunities for collaboration with scholars across the university system, with the campus Libraries and Information Technology Services, and with researchers from nearby universities.

The School offers the Bachelor of Science in Information Science, Master of Science in Library Science, Master of Science in Information Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The School also offers an undergraduate minor in information science, a variety of graduate certificates and dual degrees (see https:// sils.unc.edu for details), Masters of Professional Science in digital curation and management and in biomedical health informatics, and a certificate in applied data science.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Candidates are required to have earned a Master's degree in information/library science or related field. Additionally, having an earned PhD in information/library science or a related field is an asset.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Faculty are expected to engage in research, teach, advise students, participate in School, University, and professional activities, and otherwise share their expertise at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including work with doctoral students. Candidates should be excited by and able to thrive in an intellectually stimulating multi-disciplinary environment. We seek a collaborative colleague who will form partnerships within the school and across the campus. Scholars with fresh and innovative ideas, a commitment to professional engagement, and an appreciation for digital and analog representation are encouraged to apply.

Special Physical/Mental Requirements Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.

Special Instructions

Please provide the names of four (4) references from senior scholars.

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If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University's Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to [email protected].

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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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