The School of Computing and Information (SCI), founded in 2017, aims to create and harness data-driven technology, science, and expertise to improve the security, performance, and understanding of complicated, interacting natural, social, and engineered systems. Predictive modeling and insightful analysis for evidence-based decision-making, in the context of these interacting systems, is key to our mission. We are motivated to bring together scholars who are advancing computing and information areas with experts in other fields, to collaboratively address complex challenges, and to contribute to the school’s mission of modeling and managing complicated, interacting systems. The school builds upon a rich lineage in Library and Information Sciences with the SCI Information Culture and Data Stewardship department having a 119 year history of educating librarians and information professionals. As we expand the school, it is crucial that we continue and strengthen our leadership in addressing underrepresentation by fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff.
About the Position
We are seeking a visionary leader and scholar for the endowed Doreen E. Boyce Chair in Library and Information Science. This individual should demonstrate inspired leadership within the information profession and have a commitment to dynamic, cross disciplinary and collaborative research. The individual filling this endowed chair will be internationally recognized for research,
education, and service at the confluence of information, technology, and human behavior, especially from a social perspective. Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to, computing and information ethics, policy, and governance; theory and methods of knowledge reuse through data management, stewardship, and reproducibility; medical and health informatics, digital preservation and curation, modeling and decision making in interacting systems; as well as socio-technical systems, digital equity, information seeking behavior in virtual and physical organizations and the nature of human interaction with information and data. Successful candidates must hold a PhD for this position as well as established impact and experience appropriate for appointment at the rank of professor
About The School
As part of our commitment to excellence, the School of Computing and Information admits students directly to their four-year undergraduate programs, and the faculty have created multiple interdisciplinary polymathic academic programs (undergraduate and graduate levels), in addition to the newly created Professional Institute that provides specialized education to working professionals in information technology fields.
The School has five Certificates of Advanced Study, five Master’s level programs, and six programs granting PhDs. The School has created the Modeling and Managing Complicated Systems (momacs) Institute to translate the science and technology of modeling and managing complicated, interacting systems into practice to address today’s most pressing challenges. SCI has numerous connections to centers, institutions, and companies in the region, including the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the Center for Causal Discovery, the Center for Energy, the Center for Governance and Markets, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (Pitt/CMU), the City of Pittsburgh, Google, Uber, Oculus, Argo AI, and many others. The connections that SCI has developed, provide ample opportunities to collaborate broadly and build multi-disciplinary research teams of the highest caliber. As we build and expand these initiatives, it is crucial that we continue and strengthen our leadership in addressing underrepresentation by fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, Pitt has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and programs to meet the needs of two career couples.
The University of Pittsburgh is a top ranked public research university located in the heart of the city of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is a vibrant hub of education, technology, and medicine, with many startups and established companies throughout the region. The region offers an exceptionally high quality of life, with low cost housing, excellent secondary schools, abundant outdoor activities, and rich cultural attractions well beyond other cities of its size. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education recently ranked Pitt as the top public university in the Northeast, and Pitt is ranked among the top 20 public colleges and universities in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.
Hold a PhD in a computing or information related field
Applicant at the professor level are required to further have:
A distinguished record of academic achievements with national or international recognition; innovation in approaches to learning and incorporation of new educational methods and technologies; leadership that extends beyond teaching and research to embrace the priorities of SCI, the university and the wider research community.
Individuals interested may apply at https://sci.pitt.edu/r/boyce/. Please provide the following to complete your application:
A cover letter reflecting on your interest and alignment with SCI’s mission
A curriculum vitae
A research statement describing your current and future research
A teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy
A statement describing your experiences with diversity in your research, teaching, or service, and your potential to support SCI’s commitment to building and fostering an inclusive environment
The names and contact information for at least six recommenders.
Application review will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For best consideration, please apply by December 31, 2019. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2020. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets. Nominations and inquiries for senior openings may be sent in confidence to the Search Committee Chair, Professor David Tipper, Department of Informatics and Networked Systems, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.