Non-tenure Track (Open Rank) Specialized Faculty, Information Sciences

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Information Sciences
  • Champaign, IL, USA
  • Oct 07, 2021
Full time Computer Science/Info Tech/Systems Library & Information Science

Job Description


School of Information Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Specialized Faculty Positions


The School of Information Sciences seeks to hire outstanding full-time, specialized faculty members at the rank of Instructor, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, or Teaching Assistant/Associate Professor to join our dynamic and collegial school. Preference will be given to the specializations of discrete mathematics, programming, databases and other technical pedagogies, responsible AI, and data analytics and metadata, but strong candidates in any area will be considered.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Teach primarily on campus, technical and data-related information science courses, specifically in the areas of discrete mathematics, programming, databases, data analytics, and/or metadata including but not limited to:
    • IS 203 Analytical Foundations for Information Problems
    • IS 205 and IS 305 Programming for Information Problems I & II
    • IS 206 Introduction to Database Concepts and Applications
    • IS 401 Introduction to Network Information Systems
    • IS 407 Introduction to Data Science
    • IS 430 Foundation of Information Processing
    • IS 445 Data Visualization
    • IS 446 Systems Analysis and Design
    • IS 455 Database Design and Prototyping
    • IS 456 Information Storage and Retrieval
    • IS 575 Metadata in Theory and Practice
  • Advise iSchool students on special projects, including independent studies and practicums
  • Contribute other service to the iSchool related to area of expertise
  • Mentor adjunct instructors
  • Other related duties and service as assigned to further the mission of the unit



Preferred and Required Qualifications

Requirements include a minimum of three years of teaching in both traditional and non-traditional environments (e.g., online and hybrid), experience utilizing a variety of teaching tools and technologies, strong technical and teaching knowledge, and excellence in classroom teaching with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Black, Latina/o/x, and Native American and other historically underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.


For a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer position, an M.S. in Information Science, Education, or a closely related field is required. For a Teaching Assistant/Associate Professor position, a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Information Science, Education, or a closely related field is required. Teaching Assistant/Associate Professors generally teach two courses per semester (fall and spring) and Lecturers/Senior Lecturers generally teach three courses per semester (fall and spring).

Information about the School of Information Sciences and its programs can be found at These specialized faculty positions are full-time, 100% (12-month basis) appointments with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience. The starting date is January 2022.

Specialized faculty are eligible for promotion from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer, or from Teaching Assistant Professor to Teaching Associate Professor to (full) Teaching Professor; however, specialized faculty cannot transition to a tenure-track faculty position. See Provost’s Communications No. 25 and 26 for more information:

Application Details

Please complete your candidate profile at and upload your letter of application (which should indicate the courses applicants are able to teach), CV, and a list of three professional references, including contact information.


Full consideration is guaranteed for all applications received by November 1, but we strongly encourage candidates to apply even after this date. Applications will continue to be reviewed until qualified candidates have been identified for all openings. Interviews may take place and offers may be made before the full consideration date.


All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact the iSchool HR at


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.  As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.


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