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This page lists a variety of opportunities such as open job searches and an invitation for applications to the Information Studies Ph.D. program.

In addition to opportunities, this page will hold lengthier versions of news items from the SLIS home page.

The School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for an open rank tenure-track or tenured position with a focus on Applied Technology and/or Data Science. We are seeking candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, Mobile App Development, Text Mining, Information Retrieval, Data Ethics, or User Experience Design. The ideal candidate must demonstrate the ability to teach one or more of the required courses for the bachelor’s or master’s programs in online and in person environments.

The successful applicant for this position will join the OU SLIS faculty in the education of undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students in various capacities including teaching courses, supervising independent courses, advising, and serving on students’ committees. The teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester. The faculty member will conduct scholarly research resulting in publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, edited books, books, and conference papers. Seeking opportunities for internal and external funding is also expected. Additionally, the candidate will be committed to engagement in service to the profession and in the shared governance within the university.

The position is based on the Norman campus and will begin August 16, 2020. The salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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The University of Oklahoma offers an excellent benefits program. For further benefits information please access the Human Resources website at http://hr.ou.edu/

The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks an innovative scholar in the area of digital youth for an open rank, tenured/tenure track faculty position. SLIS is expanding its strengths in digital youth scholarship through innovative teaching, research, and service. Digital youth scholarship is an interdisciplinary area that investigates how contemporary children and young adults—who were born into and have grown up in this technology-rich society—learn, think, play, socialize, and engage in communities and the civic society. Digital youth scholars possess knowledge and skills related to: child and youth developmental characteristics; digital media and technologies; learning and community engagement through libraries, archives, and museums; and understanding the critical role of data and information in youth lives and society in the digital age. This knowledge and these skills make them uniquely qualified to critically examine the complex nature of digital youth and their engagement with technology in all aspects of their lives.

The successful applicant for this position will join the OU SLIS faculty in the education of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in various capacities including teaching courses, supervising independent courses, advising, and serving on students’ committees. The teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester. A successful candidate for this position will be able to teach required master’s courses and develop new courses on digital literacy and ethics for youth. The new hire will also advise master’s and Ph.D. students in the areas of digital youth, youth services, and public and school librarianship.

The faculty member will conduct scholarly research resulting in publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, edited books, books, and conference papers. Seeking opportunities for internal and external funding is also expected. Additionally, the candidate will be committed to engagement in service to the profession and in the shared governance within the university.

The position is based on the Norman campus and will begin August 16, 2020. The salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Oklahoma offers an excellent benefits program. For further benefits information please access the Human Resources website at http://hr.ou.edu/.

Qualifications

Research

Successful candidates will (depending on rank):

  • Have a record of research and scholarship with current publications and a passion for developing innovative and cross-cutting research, publishing, participating in scholarly conferences, and pursuing external grant funding
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external faculty on cross-disciplinary digital youth related projects
  • Show impact through external and internal grant funding, scholarly recognition through expected channels such as citations by other researchers as measured by bibliometrics/altmetrics, invited lectures and presentations, and through awards (best conference paper, association awards, etc.)

 

Teaching and Service

Successful candidates will be able to:

  • Teach required and elective children’s and youth services courses for the SLIS undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Develop new digital youth courses to expand and strengthen the graduate programs
  • Help guide the continual improvement of current degree programs
  • Advise master’s and Ph.D. students
  • Serve on department, college, and university committees
  • Be actively involved in local, national, and international scholarly/professional library and information science organizations
  • Have interest and experience in the design and delivery of courses in a variety of formats including on-campus, interactive video, online, and blended.

 

EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS/KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS

Required Qualifications

  • A completed doctorate in library and information science or related discipline.
  • An active and productive research program focused on digital youth related issues, commensurate to rank of candidate.
  • Knowledge of digital youth issues and research areas

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and skills essential to conducting research and teaching related to digital youth, including for example, child and youth developmental, digital media and technologies, digital literacy, and understanding the critical role of data and information in youth lives.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching that engages students in digital youth and youth services in libraries and related topics, in both online and face to face environments, and using course management platforms.
  • Experience with collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and a record of extramural funding.
  • Leadership in research, instruction, and/or service.

 

Salary

The salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Oklahoma offers an excellent benefits program. For further information please access the Human Resources website at http://hr.ou.edu/.

The School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma was established in 1929 and is situated within the College of Arts and Sciences. It has recently become an affiliate member of the iSchool consortium. The School has faculty in residence at both the Norman and Tulsa campuses, and faculty teach students at both locations, and online students in a variety of locations. The School has long-standing MLIS and bachelor’s programs, along with a new Ph.D. in Information Studies and several new graduate certificate programs.

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-RU/VH public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. We embrace and encourage creativity and innovation in Oklahoma and beyond. We serve educational, cultural, economic and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and Tulsa Schusterman Center. We have outstanding faculty with scholarly endeavors to improve the quality of life and health for Oklahomans, create startup companies and high-technology jobs, provide unique educational and clinical training experiences for students, and help us better understand and enjoy the world in which we live.

OU enrolls over 30,000 students and have more than 2,700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. OU has enrolled more National Merit Scholars last year than any other institution, public or private. OU also has a Research Campus that was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.

In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars, with 311 scholars and now boasts a 92% student retention rate. The University is home to the History of Science Collection, the Western History Collection, and renowned natural history and art museums. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No. I research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.

The University of Oklahoma’s beautiful, bustling campus is nestled in the heart of Norman, the state’s third largest city, located just south of Oklahoma City. Norman combines the charm of a college town, the sophistication of a cosmopolitan city and the history and culture of the American West. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings. With a cost of living close to 15 percent less than the national average, Norman is a very affordable city. In fall 2014, Time ranked Norman the “least expensive city to raise children.” For more information visit: http://soonerway.ou.edu and http://www.ou.edu/flipbook

Applications should be submitted to https://apply.interfolio.com/67719 and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae; list of names and contact information for three professional references; statement of research including how the candidate would contribute to the digital youth research agenda of SLIS; and teaching statement including the candidate's experience teaching digital youth courses and their ideas for developing digital youth courses in the SLIS program. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. June Abbas at jmabbas@ou.edu.

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma, an iSchool affiliate, is accepting applications to our Ph.D. in Information Science program for our 2020-2021 cohort. The program will prepare graduates to lead in creative research and teaching in academic environments, policymaking, and consulting for corporate, nonprofit, or governmental institutions.

The goals of the program are:

·       To cultivate a community of students capable of conducting original, sustained, and effective research in the field of information studies that solves significant problems;

·       To foster students to become catalysts for change and leading advocates who effectively address the information needs of a diverse, pluralistic society in culturally responsible and sensitive ways;

·       To prepare students to educate the next generation of information professionals in a highly technological and information-based society.

We are looking for exceptional students with interests in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

Information behavior, including health information behavior; the use of information and technology by individuals of all ages; and scholarly communication;

Digital youth, including young adults and children’s interactions with technology and libraries; digital literacy and practices; makerspaces; social media; and digital ethics;

Social and cultural studies, including all aspects of archival research and practice; marginalized and unrepresented communities; multicultural librarianship; social justice; history; race and gender studies; and libraries and society;

Digital humanities, including use of computational tools and methods to explore humanities-based questions, user-centered design of digital humanities online resources, developing collaborative spaces and practices to facilitate digital humanities scholarship;

Information systems, including information retrieval, data analytics; informetrics; bibliometrics; and informatics; knowledge management; and text mining; and  

Information policy, including philosophy of information; information theory development and diffusion; and the information industry.

The University of Oklahoma is a diverse and inclusive university that offers a variety of multicultural activities and resources. The university also supports robust departments focusing on Native American Studies, Women & Gender Studies, and African & African-American Studies. SLIS is located on two campuses, in Norman and in Tulsa, and comprises a faculty with diverse research and teaching interests that can be further explored on our website at http://www.ou.edu/cas/slis. SLIS is a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, and offers opportunities for students to access courses from other departments as related to their specific interests. SLIS faculty are involved in multiple projects and have received funding from national sources such as IMLS and the Mellon Foundation.

Degree Requirements:

A total of 90 hours beyond the bachelor’s are required for the degree. Up to 30 hours may be transferred in from a relevant master’s program with permission from SLIS. All students must complete a general examination, present a dissertation prospectus, and submit and defend a dissertation representing an original contribution to the field.

Students may pursue the Ph.D. on a full-time or part-time basis. All degree requirements must be completed within 10 years of beginning the program.

There are a number of graduate assistant positions across the university in libraries, archives, and other departments, and SLIS will work with students in finding funding opportunities.

For full consideration, applications are due no later than January 15, 2020.

 For questions or more information, please contact the SLIS Director, Dr. Susan Burke, at sburke@ou.edu, or 405-325-3921.

Exploring Intersections between Data Science and Information Science

The School of Library and Information Studies is hosting renowned scholar Dr. Robert Allen on October 21 from 10am-noon in the Bizzell Library Community Room (Lower Level 118). Dr. Allen is developing a model-oriented approach to information organization which applies aspects of cognitive science, linguistics, and software engineering to rich semantic descriptions in areas such as eScience and digital humanities. Dr. Allen will present research representing the intersection of information science and data science and will describe a body of work that begins with mining text as big data and modeling based on those texts. That modeling applies rich semantics that incorporate both ontologies and programming language semantics. The resulting semantic models are used to implement direct representations for work in digital humanities, social science, and natural science.  The semantic models are also used to drive novel interactive timeline visualizations for some applications.

Dr. Allen’s previous work has ranged from recommender systems to neural networks. He studied at Reed College and got his doctorate in experimental psychology at UCSD. He joined the Research organization at Bell Laboratories to participate in their work on the “office of the future.” He then joined the Bellcore Applied Research group in information science and digital libraries. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Information Systems for 10 years and later Chair of the ACM Publications Board. Since 1998 he has been a faculty member at number of universities around the world such as Maryland, Drexel, Victoria (NZ), Tsukuba (Japan), and Yonsei (Korea).

To join by Zoom, please use this link:

https://oklahoma.zoom.us/j/628145989?pwd=WS9vUy9OVTcxK2tJLzBkMlVHbkFCQT09, password 10212019