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Faculty Opening: Fill Professor Position at the University of Arkansas

  • 1.  Faculty Opening: Fill Professor Position at the University of Arkansas

    Posted 7 days ago

    Description: The Information Systems (ISYS) department at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas seeks applicants for a position at the full professor level from fall 2022.  Qualified candidates would be considered for an Endowed position. 

    Required Qualifications:  Candidates for the position should have: (a) a research and teaching record suitable for tenure at the full professor level (with documentation of publications, course evaluations and grants over the past 5 years); (b) an active research program with the potential to continue to publish in leading peer-reviewed journals (with documentation of research pipeline); (c) prior experience of teaching at the graduate level (doctoral seminars or master's/MBA courses in IS); (d) prior record of serving on committees, at the departmental, College and/or University levels; and (e) relevant experience or desire for taking on leadership roles, including department chair, within the next few years.   The compensation package will be nationally competitive.

    Preferred Qualifications: The following are not required but will be viewed favorably: (a) Prior experience of teaching in the areas of analytics, ERP, blockchain, database and cybersecurity; (b) prior experience in teaching doctoral seminars, and (c) a proven record of fund raising, research grants or gifts in kind. 

    The Information Systems Department: The ISYS department at the Sam M. Walton College of Business has an active research-oriented Ph.D. program, a Master of Information Systems program, a Professional Master of Information Systems, and a BSBA major in Information Systems. The department currently has ten tenured or tenure-track faculty positions, including four endowed faculty positions, in addition to three clinical faculty members, four full-time instructors, and several part-time instructors.

    The ISYS department is a leader in cutting-edge research.  While the department has a tradition and global reputation in behavioral research, faculty research interests are diverse and span across behavioral (management, adoption, use, and impacts of technology at individual, organizational, or societal levels) and economics-oriented (financial impacts of IT, panel data) aspects of IT. The department has been ranked in the top 5 globally in terms of publications in top IS journals (like MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of MIS and the Journal of AIS) for several years. 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 ISYS department also boasts very strong undergraduate, masters, and PhD program curricula, and strong ties to organizations in a variety of industries both within Arkansas and all across the country. The department has a world class Enterprise Systems Program that gives our students experience with industrial-strength technology platforms, thanks to more than $200 Million in gifts of hardware, software, data, training, and financial support from IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Teradata, Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart, and others. 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, McKesson, Microsoft, Tyson, and Walmart. For more information about the department, see https://walton.uark.edu/departments/information-systems/

    The Sam M. Walton College of Business: The Sam M. Walton College of Business 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 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. 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.

    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 (2021-22) of #4. 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 Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt Transport.

    As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and the Sam M. Walton College of Business promotes the values of being "EPIC", which stands for Excellence, Professionalism, Innovation and Collegiality.  The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

    Application Instructions: For full consideration, the application package should be submitted before November 1, 2021. We plan to conduct initial meetings soon after that date, online and at the International Conference on Information Systems in December. Applications should include a CV (to include a list of references), statement about research and teaching, and sample papers.  All materials must be submitted via our recruitment site:

    https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS/job/Fayetteville/Professor-of-Information-Systems_R0005724-1

    For search related questions, please contact: Varun Grover, Chair of the Search Committee, George & Boyce Billingsley Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Information Systems, Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (vgrover@walton.uark.edu)

    The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/EOE institution committed to achieving diversity in its faculty and staff. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially individuals who contribute to diversity of our campus community. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.



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    Rajiv Sabherwal
    Department Chair of Information Systems
    University of Arkansas - Sam M. Walton College of Business
    Fayetteville AR
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