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Faculty Openings: 2 Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Positions in Information Systems at University of Arkansas

  • 1.  Faculty Openings: 2 Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Positions in Information Systems at University of Arkansas

    Posted 09-07-2021 20:11

    The Sam M. Walton College of Business invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Information Systems department to begin August 2022.  The Assistant Professor is expected conduct research suitable for publication in top tier journals and to teach three courses per year (the normal annual teaching load is three courses for all research active faculty).  The courses taught could be a mix of graduate and undergraduate courses, and a mix of face-to-face and online courses, as needed. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits are competitive.  In order to enhance educational diversity, the University of Arkansas seeks to include and integrate individuals from varied backgrounds and with varied characteristics such as those defined by race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and intellectual perspective.

    Required Qualifications:  Applicants must be Scholarly Academic per AACSB accreditation standards which includes completion of a doctorate in information systems or a closely related field, prior to the position start date, from a nationally or internationally accredited university. Candidates should demonstrate clear promise of research potential based on the quality of their research and their ability to publish in top tier journals (as documented by a current "pipeline of research").  Candidates should also demonstrate promise of teaching excellence (provide course/teacher evaluations for recent courses taught).

    Preferred Qualifications:  Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated record of publishing in leading information systems journals, such as MISQ, ISR, JMIS and JAIS and prior experience or interest in teaching courses in enterprise resource planning (ERP), blockchain, database, business analytics, and cybersecurity teaching (documented by evidence of research publications, grants, and course/teacher evaluations for recent years).  Industry experience will be viewed favorably.

    The Information Systems Department: The department has ten tenured or tenure-track faculty members (including four professors who hold positions with endowments), in addition to six teaching/clinical faculty members, four full-time instructors, and several part-time instructors.  The department is ranked in the top 5 departments in the world in the AIS-8 journals, both for the last 3-year period (#4 in 2018-2020) and the last 5-year period (#5 in 2016-2020). Faculty research interests are diverse and include behavioral research (management, adoption, use, and impacts of technology at individual, organizational, or societal levels) and economics-oriented research (financial impacts of IT, usually based on extensive panel data). Additionally, the departmental faculty is one of the only in the world to include a AIS LEO award winner, a Decision Sciences Institute Lifetime Distinguished Educator, an IEEE Fellow, and three AIS Fellows, and faculty have received numerous other accolades from major professional societies.

    The Information Systems Department has an active research-oriented Ph.D. program, a Master of Information Systems program, Master of Applied Business Analytics program, Graduate Certificates, and a BSBA major in Information Systems. The department has a world-class Enterprise Systems program that gives our students experience with industrial-strength technology systems and enterprise-level databases, thanks to more than $200 Million in gifts from our technology platform partners including IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Teradata. Enterprise Systems also hosts a number of databases including Acxiom, Dillard's, Nielsen, Tyson Foods and Sam's Club and receives support from prominent companies such as J. B. Hunt Transport, Tyson Foods and Walmart.  The department is also home to the Blockchain Center of Excellence, launched in 2018 by the Governor of the State of Arkansas.  The BCoE's mission is to make the Sam M. Walton College of Business an academic leader in education and research on blockchain-enabled technologies for digital ecosystems. The BCoE's Executive Advisory Board includes Accenture, Arcbest, EY, FedEx, FIS, Golden State Foods, IBM, JB Hunt Tansport, McKesson, Microsoft, Tyson Foods, and Walmart.

    The Sam M. Walton College of Business: The Sam M. Walton College of Business promotes the values of being "EPIC", which stands for Excellence, Professionalism, Innovation and Collegiality. The Walton College has more than 6,000 students. The Walton College has an innovative cross-functional business core program that focuses on business processes, and several new cross-disciplinary minors and concentrations. The Walton College has consistently been ranked among the nation's top 25 public undergraduate business schools since 2005, according to U.S. News and World Report.

    The University of Arkansas: The flagship campus of the University of Arkansas has a total enrollment of more than 27,000 students. It recently completed a successful capital campaign that raised about $1.5 billion.

    Location: The University of Arkansas is located in Fayetteville, in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Fayetteville offers high quality of life, a mild climate, excellent health care, a variety of restaurants, a cost of living index of 92.9, and is minutes from lakes and rivers for fishing, swimming, and boating. Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center and TheatreSquared offer a rich variety of Broadway, symphony, dance, jazz, and other performances and special events. US News consistently ranks Fayetteville among the 10 best places to live in the U.S., with the most recent ranking (2020-21) of #8. Fayetteville is a city of approximately 85,000 with a regional (Northwest Arkansas) population of about 535,000. Northwest Arkansas has one of the highest growth rates in the U.S. and was ranked #2 by Forbes among the Best Midsize Cities for Jobs in 2018. Several Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Northwest Arkansas, including Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt Transport.

    All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A's employment system at before October 15, 2021 for full consideration. Applications should include a cover letter, CV (including a list of references), statement about research and teaching, evaluations (if any) and sample papers.   Initial meetings will take place via video conference beginning in November of 2021.  Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position. A decision is expected by April 2021.  Questions can be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Mary Lacity (
    Rajiv Sabherwal, Ph.D.
    Department Chair, Information Systems
    Distinguished Professor, Edwin & Karlee Bradberry Chair in Information Systems
    Sam M. Walton College of Business
    University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
    Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the Association for Information Systems

    Rajiv Sabherwal
    University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville AR
    (479) 575-2216