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Professor of Practice

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 073476
Job Title Professor of Practice
Location Hinds Hall
Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience
FLSA Status Exempt

As determined by Dean

Job Type Full-time
Rank Professor of Practice
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (The iSchool, see is soliciting applications from professionals in data science to join its renowned and interdisciplinary faculty. This position is open to professionals who can serve as a Professor of Practice. The successful candidate will join our “Faculty of One” in a highly collegial environment that stresses collaboration.

We seek colleagues who can provide a strong contribution to teaching data science and who can also deepen and extend our strengths in information management. We see data science as a broad area that includes data analytics, visualization, and data management. Data scientists are crucial to solving big data problems in areas as diverse as clinical research, defense intelligence, customer behavior, medical diagnosis, and risk management. The iSchool currently offers an MS in Applied Data Science, an MS in Enterprise Data Systems, Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science, and minor in data analytics.

We have teaching needs for many of our data science courses, including courses such as Introduction to Data Science, Scripting for Data Analysis, Information Visualization, Advanced Information Analytics, and Database Management Systems. Professors of Practice teach three courses a semester.

Located at the center of picturesque Syracuse University, the iSchool is at the cutting edge of scholarship and instruction. The iSchool has eight degree programs and an enrollment of 36 doctoral students, 570 masters’ students and 730 undergraduates, led by 47 full-time faculty and 100 part-time faculty. Our faculty have recognized strengths in information retrieval, information management, library programs and services, natural language processing, computational social science, online communities and civic participation, new forms of organization and collaboration, information and communications policy, smart energy systems, digital literacy, information and network security, globalization, entrepreneurship, social media, and data science. The iSchool hosts six research centers and laboratories. The SU-ADVANCE program ( provides extensive mentoring services for women faculty in STEM disciplines.

Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


Candidates for a Professor of Practice position must show significant professional experience in data science or a related area and have a graduate degree in information science or related discipline. Professor of Practice provide unique contributions to the iSchool in teaching and service.

Job Specific Qualifications

Professors of Practice have an obligation to maintain their involvement in the professional world, which may be accomplished through a variety of opportunities including conference presentations, project work or consulting, and works of authorship.

Their contribution to the faculty includes participation at the professional level both in and outside the university.


Responsibilities will be a teaching load of three courses per semester, as well as advising, participation in School and University committees, and other duties as assigned by the Dean. Professors of Practice are also expected to be actively engaged in professional activities appropriate to their area of expertise.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining their interests and qualifications, a current resume, a statement describing teaching interests and accomplishments (please attach to other document), and names and contact information of at least three professional references.

Strong candidates will be contacted for letters of reference and asked to provide a teaching portfolio or other evidence of their ability to teach in data science.

Please do not submit these items with the initial application. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. We are interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of students, colleagues and community members.

We will begin screening applicants in November, 2017 and continue accepting applications until the position is filled. For full consideration, materials should be received by November 15, 2017. Direct questions to Dr. Bruce Kingma, search chair,

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 09/12/2017
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration
Job Category Faculty
Message to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
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  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
  4. Other Document
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