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Assistant Professor, Teaching Track in Data Science


University of Washington, The Information School

Application Deadline: January 15, 2023


The Information School of the University of Washington seeks an Assistant Teaching Professor in Data Science. This position will be expected to teach the study, design, and development of information technology for the good of people, organizations, society, and the environment. The successful applicant will be expected to (1) be an engaged teacher and mentor, (2) engage in one or more domains of information technology below, and (3) engage diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and justice in the context of teaching technical topics.


The successful candidate will be expected to apply Data Science and theory in their teaching. We are looking for candidates who will apply that Data Science expertise to any number of pressing social problems, including but not limited to the environment, justice, or health and well-being. We encourage applicants from all disciplines of Data Science, including social and behavioral science, healthcare, computer science and engineering, and information and library sciences.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach and address sociotechnical issues in one or more of the following areas (listed alphabetically below). Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, candidates with expertise in one or more areas with emphasis on the following:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Ethics

  • Client-side and Full-Stack Web Development

  • Cybersecurity

  • Databases and Data Management

  • Data Science including Business Intelligence, Machine Learning, Visualization

  • Deep Learning

  • Design, User Experience, and Human-Computer Interaction

  • Information Ethics/Policy/Society

  • Mobile Application Design Development

  • Natural Language Processing

  • Networking and Cloud

  • Privacy in Data Science

  • Program and Product Management

  • Software Engineering


The successful candidate will be expected to engage in teaching in ways in which technology can be designed to minimize and mitigate its harm to people, societies and the environment (e.g., via inaccessible user interfaces, exclusionary data schemas, misleading data visualizations, exploitative data collection practices, learned discrimination in machine learning). The successful applicant will be expected to engage with social justice topics in their teaching of technical topics.


Successful candidates will join a broad-based, inclusive Information School that offers multiple degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level and is committed to the values of leadership, innovation, and diversity. The iSchool’s undergraduate major and minor in Informatics have grown to be among the most popular and most competitive programs at UW; this individual will be a key contributor to their ongoing success.


Teaching professors are an integral part of the faculty of the iSchool. We provide mentorship, a career path, and opportunities for leadership in the school. This is a full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor. This position includes faculty voting rights but is not tenure eligible. The University of Washington is on the quarter system (autumn, winter, spring) and teaching professors typically teach two courses per quarter (6 courses over 9 months) with summers off. Opportunities for summer teaching are often available. University of Washington teaching professors engage in teaching, mentorship, and service. Scholarship is supported and encouraged, including innovations in teaching, leadership in teaching communities of practice, and teaching mentorship.


The University of Washington is a vibrant community of inclusive research and community outreach, situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, in the city of Seattle, on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Seattle is a rapidly growing, dynamic, and diverse metropolitan area.


The UW Information School is dedicated to hiring faculty who will enhance our inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and sovereignty (IDEAS) mission and vision through their research (as applicable), teaching, and service. As information systems and institutions serve increasingly diverse and global constituencies, it is vital to understand the ways in which differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, ability, and other identities can both divide us and offer us better ways of thinking and working. The Information School faculty are committed to preparing professionals who work in an increasingly diverse and global society by promoting equity and justice for all individuals, actively working to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination.


The position is a full-time 9-month teaching track appointment at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2023. Applicants may find further information about the Information School at ischool.uw.edu.


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