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Faculty position at IAKM - Kent State University

Kent State's Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program is looking for another professor. I have hung out with Thomas Froehlich and David Robins at a few IA Summits and enjoy hearing about their program. I have yet to go visit them on the other side of Ohio (but I will soon, I promise). In the spirit of supporting them from the western part of the state, here is their faculty posting.

Kent State University
Assistant Professor Position
Information Architecture and Knowledge Management

In recognition of the significant growth and development of the Master's Program in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM), Kent State University has allocated a new tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor. The position is available Fall 2006 or January 2007.

The Master's Program in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management is a unique, innovative, interdisciplinary program inaugurated in Fall 2001. It has three concentrations: Information Architecture, Information Use and Knowledge Management. It features a progressive curriculum (PDF) that has been extensively revised for the Fall 2006. The program is a collaborative effort of the Department of Computer Science, the Graduate School of Management, the School of Communication Studies, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the School of Visual Communication Design, and the School of Library and Information Science. The School of Library and Information Science administers the IAKM program.

Facilities include a state-of-the-art usability lab, fully-digital classrooms with the most current hardware and software, state-of-the-art distance education tools, whether through interactive television or web-based synchronous or asynchronous learning objects, and instructional designer support.

The successful candidate is expected to teach at least three of the required courses in the concentrations of Information Architecture or Information Use. These courses include Information Architecture, Research Methods for Information Architecture, Information and Visual Design, Usability I, Usability II, and User and Task Analysis. Preference will be given to those with educational training and teaching, work (or consulting) and research experience in these or related areas.

Teaching competencies, teaching experience, work experience or research experience or interest are also sought in several of the following areas:

  • Information Architecture
  • Usability Testing or Engineering
  • User Prototyping: Personas, etc.
  • Information Seeking Behavior and the Web
  • Human Information Processing
  • Interaction Design
  • Project Management for Information Architecture or for Usability Testing
  • Document Engineering/Management
  • Content Management Systems

Qualifications include a Masters degree in Information Science, Computer Science or a related field and a completed doctorate or substantial progress toward completion of a doctorate in Information Science, Computer Science or a related field. Experience and/or interest in synchronous or asynchronous digital distance learning is desirable. Nine-month appointment; summer teaching and workshops may be available. Salary is competitive; benefits are excellent. The position is available for the Fall 2006 (though dependent on the needs of the successful candidate, Spring 2007). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To better work with the growing demands of the information economy, Kent State University launched a unique, new college, the College of Communication and Information in July, 2002. It is composed of the School of Communication Studies, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the School of Library and Information Science (including IAKM), and the School of Visual Communication Design. Ohio is a recognized leader in information networks and has undertaken major funding commitments to use information technologies to promote economic development.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (official transcripts will be required in the event of employment), and names of at least three references to:

Prof. Thomas J. Froehlich, Ph.D.
Chair, Search Committee
Information Architecture and Knowledge Management
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
email: tfroehli@kent.edu
Phone: (330) 672-2782
Fax: (330) 672-7965
http://iakm.kent.edu

Kent State University supports equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity in education and employment. Applications from minority group members and women are encouraged.