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Tenure-Track Position with a Specialization in Digital Humanities

University of Ottawa

The School of Information Studies of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Arts invites applications for a tenure-track position with a specialization in Digital Humanities (and relevant research and teaching experience in library and information sciences) with a start date of July 1, 2022.

Title of the Position: Assistant professor level, but higher ranks will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Duties: Responsibilities for the position include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, supervising graduate students, and providing vision and leadership related to the development of teaching, research, and outreach (e.g., advancing digital cultural practices within galleries, libraries, archives and museum as a sector). The successful candidate will be expected to carry out a robust research program, seek external funding, demonstrate a sustained commitment to active participation in the administrative activities of the unit and the Faculty, and participate in the activities of professional organizations.

Terms: Tenure-track position

Wage: Salary scale for an Assistant Professor starts at $86,986 (as of May 1, 2020).

Benefits Package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long-term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of Work: School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact Information:
For specific questions regarding this role, you can contact Dr. Mary Cavanagh, Director, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON, K1N 6N5. E-mail: Telephone: 613-562-5130

Required Skills:

The successful candidate will be an expert in theoretical and practical applications at the intersection of these subject areas: big data and AI; metadata and knowledge organization; and digital cultural heritage management. They will lead a metadata and digital humanities track within the School’s current graduate programs and will collaborate through research and teaching in support of the Faculty of Arts Digital Humanities undergraduate specialization.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

• a master’s degree in library and information science, and a doctorate in information science or a related field;
• evidence of innovative pedagogical excellence including project-based instruction at a post-secondary institution;evidence of an established and innovative research program, a record of refereed publications, and knowledge mobilization focusing on big data and digital cultural heritage management across a variety of sectors including but not limited to galleries, libraries, archives, and museums;
• an ability to attract external funding;
• demonstrated skills in working collaboratively and with diverse populations;
• At the time of tenure, a minimum of passive knowledge of the other official language is required - English-French bilingualism at time of hire is thus an asset.

Application Documents – To be sent via the Njoyn platform :

- A curriculum vitae;
- A letter of intent;
- A statement of teaching philosophy including student evaluations;
- A detailed research program;
- A few examples of your publications;

Also, please send three letters of recommendation directly to: Prof. Mary Cavanagh, PhD, Director, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa,

Application Deadline: Applications received by October 15, 2021 will receive full consideration but the position will remain open until filled.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to do a research presentation in front of professors and students (based on the public health guidelines at the time, this will likely be done using videoconference technology).
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The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require by contacting the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Faculty Affairs at 613-562-5958. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

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