Faculty Opening

The School of Informatics at the University at Buffalo will be making a couple (a few?) faculty hires in the coming year. The first of these to come down the pike is for and assistant or associate professor (tenure or tenure track) with both an IT background and a library background. The listing appears after the jump.

Department of Library and Information Studies

The Department of Library and Information Studies in the School of Informatics at the State University of New York at Buffalo is seeking a colleague to teach and conduct research in the area of information systems and technologies. Candidates should have an extensive understanding of the use of information technologies in the design and delivery of information services. Appointment will be at either the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank.

The School of Informatics is made up of the Department of Library and Information Studies and the Department of Communication. In addition to the MLS, the School offers undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Communication and a doctoral degree in Communication with a cognate specialization in LIS. The School also offers a Master of Arts in Informatics, and a pending BA in Informatics.

The School has a dedicated Instructional Technology Laboratory complex. Classrooms have a full array of computer and Internet connections and faculty receive instructional support from the Educational Technology Center. The School also offers an increasing number of courses through the Internet and over interactive video.

The School of Informatics has been identified within the University as an important leader in developing educational and research opportunities for the digital age. The School is poised for growth, and we seek a colleague to add to our strengths in this area.

The University at Buffalo provides numerous opportunities for collaboration with colleagues in other disciplines addressing the challenges of the digital age. The University was rated as the 13th most wired campus by Forbes Magazine in 2004. The University’s Center for Computational Research is one of the world’s leading academic high-performance computing centers, and the University is the leading partner in a 200 million dollar public/private initiative to create a new Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics in Buffalo.
Responsibilities include teaching and research in some combination of areas related to information needs assessment, organization of information, information architecture, information retrieval, human computer interaction, networking, systems analysis, and the applications of technology and new media in service delivery. Course load is two courses per semester.

Qualifications include the MLS (preferred) and Ph.D. in LIS, Communication, Computer Science, Information Systems or a related area, finished or nearing completion. A cross-disciplinary orientation and the ability to work at the interfaces of these disciplines are very desirable.

For appointment at the Associate Professor rank, a record of funded research and publications commensurate with rank is required, along with evidence of excellence in teaching. For appointment at the Assistant Professor rank with credit for years in rank, evidence of a promising research program is required, along with evidence of teaching proficiency. For appointment at the entry level Assistant Professor rank, evidence of promise as an active member of a research and teaching community is necessary.

Salary is negotiable and competitive. Excellent fringe benefits equal to 31% of base salary. Summer teaching is available with additional compensation. For more information about the School, the University, and Buffalo see:


Letters of application must include a resume and the names of at least three references. Applications should be addressed to:

Neil Yerkey, Professor
Department of Library and Information Studies
School of Informatics
University at Buffalo
534 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1020.

You can also attach a letter and resume to yerkey@buffalo.edu. Informal inquiries are also welcome. You can call Neil Yerkey at 716-645-2412 ext. 1167. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer/recruiter.

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