Instructor in Information Science

Dalhousie University

Instructor in Information Science

  • Institution: Dalhousie University
  • Institution Type: Four-Year/Advanced Degree (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Website: www.dal.ca
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Instructor in Information Science

  • Dalhousie University | Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: April 12, 2024
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Job TitleInstructor in Information Science

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Faculty

Salary Range -

Location Halifax, Nova Scotia

Application Deadline March 30, 2024

Contact Information

Contact Name Dr. Louise Spiteri

Department Department of Information Science

Email Louise.Spiteri@Dal.Ca

Phone -

Job Description

The Faculty of Management and the Department of Information Science (DIS) invite applications for a limited term appointment of up to three years in the Faculty of Management at the rank of instructor, commencing July 1, 2024.

The successful candidate will play a key role in refining and growing the options to study information science as an undergraduate student at Dalhousie. Information is critical to society, and we believe students in all programs should have access through courses, certificates, minors, and majors to information-centric topics including knowledge justice, misinformation and disinformation, information and social justice, GIS, accessible design, community-led services, security, privacy, bias in information systems, digital humanities, and more.

Successful candidates will contribute through course development, teaching, and project management. In course development, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute 1-2 new undergraduate courses in their area of expertise. In teaching, the successful candidate will take responsibility for teaching courses (face-to-face or virtually) in the Faculty of Management,  that would otherwise be taught by other full-time Information Science faculty members, to ensure the Department has capacity to contribute to this project. In the project management role, the successful candidate will help advance this project by acting on behalf of the project champions (the Dean and the Department Chair) to:

  • work with faculty members to imagine new courses that faculty member might create
  • liaise with program directors to identify intersections with other academic programs (including minors and majors and cross-listing to Masters courses)
  • shepherd course syllabi through approval processes
  • and work with staff to promote the new courses.

Required qualifications, experience and skills:

  • Master’s degree in information, library studies, or related degree.
  • Demonstrated research, teaching, or professional experience in the field of Information Science with a focus on at least one (preferably more) key area(s) of knowledge justice, misinformation and disinformation, geospatial information systems, accessible design, community-led services, security, private, bias in information systems, or digital humanities. Knowledge can be demonstrated via a record of publication, teaching experience, professional experience, and/or relevant community experience. Additional subjects will be considered if they are in the domain of information science, not obviously and consistently extant in other fields at Dalhousie, and likely to be of broad interest and relevance to undergraduate students.
  • Established record of teaching excellence, preferably at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Demonstrated experience with online teaching and/or pedagogical methods such as experiential learning, student-centered learning, transformative pedagogies, digital pedagogy, and online dialogue.
  • Demonstrated ability with curriculum development and design, or project management.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team.

Preferred qualifications, experience, and skills:

  • A PhD degree in information, library studies, or a related field completed, or in progress.
  • Professional library, archives, cultural heritage, information management or data management experience will be an asset.

The Faculty of Management has a long history of providing a world-class education and hosting innovative research leaders, and of preparing students to make a lasting impact on the world. As leaders in experiential and innovative learning, we are focused on being responsive to the world around us and building strong relationships that facilitate social and economic good. We are an inclusive community driven by curiosity, integrity, and discovery. We welcome and celebrate diverse perspectives.  Our research is relevant not just in our core areas, but also stretches across the University to fields such as  health, psychology, engineering, law, computer science, oceans, and agriculture.

With more than 2,500 students (over one-quarter graduate students) and 80 faculty members, we offer undergraduate programs (Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Management) and graduate programs (direct-entry and mid-career versions of the Master of Information, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration,  Master of Science in Business). All our degree programs are externally accredited. We actively participate in Dalhousie’s Interdisciplinary PhD program and the multi-Faculty Master of Digital Innovation.

Dalhousie University is among Canada’s U15 group of leading research-oriented universities. We are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada a city known for its great quality of life. Located in one of Canada’s more temperate areas, Nova Scotia gets warm, sunny summers; long, colourful autumns; and cool, snowy winters.

Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit http://www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.

Dalhousie recognizes that career paths can be diverse and that career interruptions may occur. Applicants are encouraged to include, in their cover letter, an explanation of the impact that any career interruptions may have had on their CV. Dalhousie also recognizes the need to accommodate candidates to ensure their full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed online at: http://www.dal.ca/policies.

The position is covered by the collective agreement between the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA), which can be viewed online at: https://www.dfa.ns.ca/collective-agreement/current-agreement.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Inquiries may be directed to the Dr. Louise Spiteri (Louise.Spiteri@Dal.Ca) Chair of the Search committee. Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter, teaching dossier including sample syllabi of courses developed and evidence of curriculum or pedagogical development, and sample teaching evaluations. Review of applications will begin on March 30th, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the Dal Faculty Career Site: https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/15837

If you require any support for the purpose of accommodation, such as technical aids or alternative arrangements, please let us know of these needs and how we can be of assistance. Dalhousie University is committed to ensuring all candidates have full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed here.

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