Assistant/Associate Professor, School of Information (6028BR) - Rochester Institute of Technology

Requisition Number: 6028BR

School/Department: School of Information

College : Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Faculty Rank : Assistant/Associate Professor
Tenure Status: Tenured-Track

Anticipated Start Date: Aug 2022

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DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION

As part of a growing, strategic research cluster in human-computer interaction (HCI) and computing accessibility, the School of Information at RIT invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position, at the assistant, associate, or full professor rank, for an appointment beginning fall 2022.

We are seeking a candidate with expertise in one or more of the following or related areas: computing accessibility for people with disabilities or older adults; HCI for artificial-intelligence-based systems (e.g., human AI integration, human AI collaboration, human aware AI, explainable AI, interactive machine learning, and human-in-the-loop learning); or HCI for wearable, mobile, or ubiquitous systems (e.g., physical/tangible computing, human augmentation, augmented mind, embodied interaction, IoT and data analytics, and fabrication). Outstanding applicants in other areas of HCI will also be considered, especially those with methodological expertise in prototyping or system-building of new technologies.

Research Environment: RIT is home to the HCI at RIT Research Community (http://hci-research.rit.edu) and the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research (CAIR) (http://cair.rit.edu), with over 30 RIT faculty and students actively engaged in research in the fields of human-computer interaction and accessibility. Since 2014, CAIR faculty have secured over $5 million in external research funding support, over 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications, and twelve Best Paper and Honorable Mention Awards from major research venues, including the ACM CHI and ASSETS conferences. RIT is a member institution of the Human Computer Interaction Consortium (https://hcic.org/) and a member of the iSchools Organization (https://ischools.org/). Beyond HCI, RIT is an interdisciplinary research hub, with research groups and communities encompassing a range of domain areas, including: RIT’s Personalized Healthcare Technology initiative (http://pht.rit.edu), Center for Cybersecurity (http://www.rit.edu/cybersecurity), Center for Human-Aware Artificial Intelligence (http://www.rit.edu/chai), Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE) | RIT), and the Media Arts Games Interaction Creativity (MAGIC) Center (https://magic.rit.edu). In addition, RIT is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), with over 1,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing students on the campus.

Applicants should possess a PhD degree in Computer Science, Informatics, Information Science, or a related field by the start date of the appointment, and conduct high-quality, cutting-edge research that shapes the HCI or computing accessibility fields. Applicants should show strong commitment to undergraduate/graduate teaching, demonstrate the ability for innovative research and high-impact publications, and exhibit potential to pursue externally funded research.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

DEPARTMENT

The School of Information (the iSchool) is one of six administrative units within the College of Computing and Information Sciences; the School creates and applies knowledge in the field of information science, to bring together people, information, and technology. The iSchool oversees academic and curricula development for both undergraduate, and graduate students, pursuing degrees in three undergraduate BS programs, four graduate programs, and an advanced certificate program - including programs in computing and information technologies, human-computer interaction, data science and analytics, and web and mobile computing. The iSchool provides leadership, administrative, financial, and logistical support to more than 700 undergraduate and graduate students with 28 faculty and 7 staff in Rochester, and also provides support of the School’s degrees at RIT’s global campuses in Croatia, Kosovo, and UAE. The School is among the university leaders in terms of grant generation and publications, and faculty include winners of university awards for teaching and research, as well as professional leaders, including ACM SIG chairs. The School is also home to several labs and research centers, especially in the areas of human-computer interaction, accessibility, and data analytics. The School also plays a large research and delivery role in the university’s Computing for All efforts, to foster greater inclusion in computing and information sciences.

COLLEGE

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at RIT is one of the most comprehensive computing colleges in the nation. The college is housed in modern facilities in Rochester, NY, that include leading programs in computer science, game design and cybersecurity. As home to the country’s first undergraduate programs in software engineering and information technology, as well as the recently opened Global Cybersecurity Institute, Golisano College has long been a leader in computing education and research. Faculty, staff and students have access to specialized studios, labs, and equipment that are among the most complete and current of any university in the world. Moreover, Golisano College graduates go on to work at the world’s leading tech firms and have developed groundbreaking technology like the Kinect for Xbox 360 and game-changing innovations like jQuery. The college is home to the departments of Computer Science, Computing Security, and Software Engineering, as well as the School of Information, the School of Interactive Games & Media, and a college-wide PhD program, providing abundant opportunities for research collaboration within and beyond the college.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at www.rit.edu.

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

All candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of:

  • Completion of a PhD in Computer Science, Informatics, Information Science, or a related field by the start date of the appointment
  • Demonstrated ability to publish research in HCI or accessibility
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to teach effectively in higher education
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

Candidates seeking the rank of associate professor must also:

  • Have an active and significant engagement in the profession through, e.g., editorial boards of journals, conference organizing committees and/or program committees, or professional societies/organizations.
  • Have developed proposals for external funding and/or experience managing funded research projects in an academic setting, or experience managing teams and projects in an industry setting.
  • Have demonstrated an ability for scholarly research as seen by a strong scholarly dissemination record relevant to the applicant’s area of HCI or accessibility-related expertise.

Candidates seeking the rank of professor must also:

  • Have significant leadership roles in the profession through, e.g., editorial boards of journals, conference organizing committees and/or program committees, or professional societies/organizations.
  • Have a demonstrated record of external funding support and/or managing funded research projects in an academic setting or significant experience managing teams and projects in an industry setting.
  • Have demonstrated ability for scholarly research as seen by an extensive scholarly dissemination record relevant to the applicant’s area of HCI or accessibility-related expertise.

HOW TO APPLY

Apply online at will http://careers.rit.edu/faculty. Search opening, then keyword search 6028BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

  • A brief teaching philosophy
  • The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
  • List of Publications
  • Research Statement
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2021, and will continue until the position has been filled.

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to careers@rit.edu.