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Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty in Accessibility

University of Michigan, School of Information

University of Michigan, School of Information

Application Deadline: December 01, 2023.

The University of Michigan School of Information seeks qualified tenure-track faculty candidates (open rank) to broaden existing scholarship within the school and the U-M community in the area of accessibility, with a particular emphasis on the design and evaluation of accessible technologies. Areas of research and teaching may include the design or evaluation of technologies for sensory, cognitive, or physical impairments, including disabilities that are visual or invisible, permanent, situational, or temporary.

We welcome applicants from across the spectrum of academic disciplines including, but not restricted to Information, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science and Engineering, Disability Studies, Law. We especially welcome scholars whose work is at the intersections of disability justice and technology.

The position will add strength to existing empirical and design work at the School of Information in work on aging and visual impairment in various domestic and international research settings, in addition to a broader interest across various schools and centers at the University of Michigan including the Initiative on Disability Studies; the Digital Studies Institute; the Center for Ethics, Computing, and Society; and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

A successful candidate should demonstrate potential for or experience with publication and research funding, for collaborative and interdisciplinary initiatives, and for working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Job Expectations and Responsibilities:

Job duties include research, teaching, and service. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting scholarly research resulting in publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, edited books, books, and conference proceedings

  • Seeking outside funding to support their research program

  • Teaching in UMSI’s five academic programs

  • Mentoring students for independent studies, master’s projects and theses, and doctoral dissertations

  • Providing service to the school, University, and the broader academic community by way of committee work, journal editing, and other various opportunities

  • Public scholarship, where appropriate

Each contributing member of the UMSI faculty is expected to have teaching effort equivalent to three semester-long courses per year.

About UMSI and UM

The mission of the School of Information is to create and share knowledge to help people use information -- with technology -- to build a better world. A successful candidate will be committed to, and will directly contribute to, our goal of being the best research and teaching institution for the understanding and design of information and its technologies in service of people and society. The School is home to vibrant research and teaching programs, with 74 FTE professors, and over 1,803 students. We offer five degrees: a Ph.D., a Master of Science in Information, a Master of Health Informatics, a Bachelor of Science in Information, and an online Master of Applied Data Science.

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked among the nation's top ten universities. The University has one of the largest health care complexes in the world and one of the best library systems in the United States. With more than $1.53 billion in research expenditures annually, the University has the second largest research expenditure among all universities in the nation. The University has an annual general fund budget of more than $2.3 billion and an endowment valued at more than $12.5 billion. For more information about UMSI, please visit:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in an area such as information, race and/or ethnic studies, science and technology studies, social or computer science, or a related discipline

  • A strong interest in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels

  • A strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and cultural diversity

Desired Qualifications

  • A record in teaching and research

How to Apply:

All applicants for this tenure-track or tenured faculty position in Accessibility should submit a cover letter, a vita, three representative publications, evidence of teaching excellence if available, a research statement, a teaching statement, a diversity statement. Applicants at the assistant professor level must submit three letters of recommendation; applicants at the associate and full professor level must submit the names of three recommenders. All application materials must be submitted electronically to:

Please direct inquiries about this position to the chair of our faculty search committee, Joyojeet Pal (

Consideration of applications will begin immediately. Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2023, for consideration as the job posting will close for review.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.

Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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