The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), the iSchool at The University of British Columbia (UBC), invites applications for a full-time position to begin July 1, 2016. The position is expected to be filled at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates should demonstrate achievement of, or potential for, excellence in teaching, research, and service in an interdisciplinary environment. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach and conduct research in archival science, specifically in the areas of archival theory and methods of arrangement, description, access and retrieval. We strongly encourage applications from individuals with archival expertise and an interest in cultural informatics--broadly defined as the application of technology to the identification, documentation, preservation and dissemination of cultural materials. Other areas of specialization that are of interest include: archival history and the archival system; community and personal archives; digital culture, cultural heritage informatics, multi-media materials, and Indigenous cultural materials and archives. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in the Master of Archival Studies (MAS) program, with opportunities to teach across iSchool programs and collaboratively within the Faculty of Arts. This position offers candidates the opportunity to build upon a long tradition of excellence in archival research and education by establishing a strengthened focus on cultural records, digital culture and cultural informatics within the iSchool, the Faculty of Arts and UBC. The successful applicant will join a dynamic community of outstanding graduate students and scholars working together to shape the future of the iSchool.
• hold a Ph.D. (or provide evidence of imminent completion) from an iSchool or equivalent institution
• demonstrate expertise in archival science by holding an advanced archival studies degree or substantial professional experience as an archivist
• possess excellent teaching abilities and a commitment to teaching at the graduate level
• show a capacity to innovate in technology-enriched and community-engaged educational settings
• demonstrate intercultural understanding and openness to diverse perspectives and experiences
• demonstrate excellence in research and scholarly activity appropriate to their experience
• possess a willingness to assume a future leadership role in teaching and/or research
UBC has an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. It is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, one of the world’s most beautiful and culturally diverse cities. The iSchool at UBC, a unit within the Faculty of Arts, offers a Ph.D. program, Master’s programs in Library and Information Studies (MLIS), Archival Studies (MAS), with both Master’s programs offering an optional First Nations specialization, and a MAS/MLIS Dual Program. It also offers an interdisciplinary MA in Children’s Literature (MACL) program and is a charter participant in the new multidisciplinary Bachelor of Media Studies program. The Faculty of Arts is home to over 20 academic units in addition to several outstanding cultural institutions, among them the Museum of Anthropology and the Belkin Art Gallery, making this an exceptional environment in which to study archives and cultural informatics. Further information about SLAIS, the iSchool at UBC can be found at http://slais.ubc.ca/
The closing date for all applications is January 8, 2016. Application materials must include: a cover letter stating the candidate’s qualifications for the position and projected research agenda; a current curriculum vitae; and a teaching portfolio of no more than 5 pages, including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of potential for teaching effectiveness. Applications should be addressed to Dr. Luanne Freund, Chair, Faculty Search Committee and documents should be sent as separate files (in PDF or Word format) via email to: email@example.com.
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The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
Dr. Luciana Duranti
Professor, Archival Studies
School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies
The University of British Columbia | The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
470-1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Phone 604 822 2587 | Fax 604 822 6006 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.slais.ubc.ca |
Director I Centre for the International Study of Contemporary Records and Archives www.ciscra.org
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