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Visiting Assistant Professor

Information School, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Job category Visiting fellowship / Professorship / Fixed term
AOS Ethics in Computing, Information, Data, and AI
AOS categories Applied Ethics
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Start date August 2024
Job description

The Information School (iSchool) at UW-Madison is focused on education and research that expands society's understanding of the role of information in all aspects of science, nature and humanity. We educate students and pursue work that adds to the collective knowledge, productivity and innovation, and to the well-being of people, communities, and society.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Information School seeks highly qualified candidates for a one-year position with teaching emphasis in ethics of data, information, computing, and AI. The position will be an academic year/nine-month appointment, to start in August 2024. The position may be extended for up to one additional academic year in part based on evidence of strong performance. The position will involve teaching two courses per semester. One course each semester will be a course in the ethics of data and algorithms suitable for Data Science and Information Science majors.

Applicants should bring the following key contributions:

1. Expertise in theories and concepts key to ethics, democracy, and justice in information, data, and computing. These may include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, class, free speech, privacy, surveillance, transparency, content moderation, platform power, trust, misinformation, and human rights.

2. A record of work analyzing socio-technical systems, such as platforms and information systems, algorithms, programming or software practices, surveillance systems, etc.

3. Demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates.

4. The ability to teach undergraduate courses in ethics of computing, data, and information to students from a range of disciplinary and educational backgrounds, including information, computer, and data sciences.


Teach two courses per semester. One course each semester will be LIS 461: Data and Algorithms: Ethics and Policy.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


PhD or other terminal degree, or a degree at least one level above the level of instruction, or otherwise approved as qualified by the Dean.

Graduate degree in Library and Information Studies or related field.


Required Skills/Experience:
- Demonstrated teaching excellence in ethics courses at the undergraduate level.
- Experience and interest in teaching ethics related to data, computing, information, and AI.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 9 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended up to one additional academic year based on need and/or funding.

How to apply
Application type Online
Applicants must apply via jobs.wisc.edu website.
Web address to apply https://jobs.wisc.edu/jobs/visiting-assistant-prof...
Deadline for full consideration: April 1, 2024, 11:55pm CST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information https://jobs.wisc.edu/jobs/visiting-assistant-prof...
Contact name Lori Ushman
Contact email
Contact phone 608-263-2908
Time created March 7, 2024, 4:09pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date September 2, 2024, 10:53pm CST
Last updated March 12, 2024, 5:26pm UTC
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