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College of Information and Communications

Applications open for information science instructor

The School of Information Science invites applications for an instructor to begin August 16, 2024. We are seeking someone to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The classes are related to programming, data analytics, artificial intelligence, applied data and text mining, and user experience (UX).


  • This position has an expected teaching workload of eight courses per academic year.
  • Attend monthly faculty meetings.
  • Select service activities may include committee work.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree in information science/systems, informatics, data science, business, computer science, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to teach students how to derive valuable communication insights from large data sets using today’s data science programming languages (e.g. R/Python).
  • Experience using database systems such as SQL.
  • Experience working in and/or teaching data visualization (Tableau).
  • Experience teaching at the college/university level.
  • Ability to teach via face-to-face, online, or hybrid delivery.
  • The applicant shows potential for teaching effectiveness. Typical indicators include past teaching/course evaluations, a documented history of developed courses/curricula, and/or pedagogical training.

The Application

Application review begins on April 8, 2024. This position is open until filled. Applications must include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Current vitae
  • Teaching statement
  • List of three references (including name, phone number, and email)
  • Three letters of recommendation (solicited prior to final interview) – are listed as optional documents, while the three letters are required prior to final interview, letters may be uploaded with the application, but it is not required.

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More Information

For further information about this position, please contact the Search Committee Co-Chair, Ehsan Mohammadi at

The School of Information Science

Our diverse, engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment within the school. In addition, a rich potential for collaborative and interdisciplinary connections exists across the university, including for example, The USC Arnold School of Public Health, the College of Education, and our sister school, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Examples of existing faculty research expertise include information behavior and information practices of marginalized groups; misinformation and disinformation; equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice; LIS Education; accessibility and disability studies; public libraries and cultural heritage institutions; diversity in children’s literature; community literacy; school librarianship; knowledge management; international librarianship; social media analysis, big data, and text mining; copyright; medical and health informatics; data analytics; information visualization; health and medical librarianship; critical youth studies; information policy; digital inclusion; and, information access and information poverty; Artificial Intelligence. The college is one of the few information schools in the US that teaches multiple programming languages (R and Python).

College of Information and Communications

The College of Information and Communications is home to two nationally recognized schools, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Information Science. The college provides outstanding teaching, research, and community outreach. As such, it is one of only a few universities to combine its communications and information science programs, two rapidly evolving — and converging — fields united by a shared belief that information accessibility is the cornerstone of self-governance. The College has approximately 1,800 undergraduates, 500 graduate students, and more than 100 faculty and staff members. New assets available to faculty and students in both schools include the Social Media Insights Lab and the Biometric and User Experience Lab. Both are designed to facilitate the study of issues related to data, media, and their impact on society.

The University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina in Columbia is the major research institution of the University of South Carolina system and its largest campus, enrolling approximately 35,000 students. The university offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional program levels. Founded in 1801, it is among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities and is one of only 32 public universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s top-tier designations in both research activity and community engagement. South Carolina’s capital city is currently undergoing several urban revitalization projects and offers residents a growing range of artistic, cultural, and recreational opportunities.


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