Monday, February 22, 2010

Assistant Professor Tenure Track

The School of Library & Information Studies, College of Communication & Information Sciences, at The University of Alabama, announces an opening for the position of assistant professor (tenure-track). This is a new faculty position.

New faculty members have a considerable opportunity to shape the character and direction of the School as it continues to integrate the traditions of librarianship with new technologies. The successful tenure-track candidate will be actively engaged in research, have an interdisciplinary approach to teaching graduate students, possess the ability to work with multiple constituencies, be able to teach in the SLIS core curriculum, and possess an earned doctorate. Work history in a library or another information environment or related experience is desirable.

Applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas are of particular interest:
  • Information sources and services, to include e-reference, sources and services in specialized areas (government documents, business, etc.), and information literacy programming
  • Practice and management in areas such as preservation and conservation, archives and special collections, and digitization
  • Organization of information in areas such as cataloging, metadata, and indexing and abstracting

The School, with 14 faculty members, offers an ALA-accredited Master’s program, an MFA program in the book arts, doctoral courses that contribute to a multidisciplinary doctorate in communication and information sciences, and undergraduate courses in information science. The School is selective in admissions for all program options, and the MLIS program ranks among the top 25 programs in North America.

SLIS faculty research interests include digital libraries; information retrieval; human-computer interaction; user interface design; video retrieval; history of small presses and related publishing; electronic publishing; culturally diverse populations; education for library and information studies; analysis of large data sets; bibliometrics; library history; scholarly communication; corporate culture in academic library management; social conception of knowledge through cultural evolution; k-12 education policy; role of classification for collaborative organization of web resources; health librarianship and informatics; and social disconnects in information technology, access, and design. Creative activities focus on collaboration between letterpress printer, author, artist, and hand bookbinder; and materials and techniques of historic bookbinding structures.

Tuscaloosa is ideally located in the Southeast convenient to Birmingham, Atlanta, Mobile and the Gulf Coast, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga. The area offers out-door activities year-round, a vibrant arts community, the cultural benefits of a major university, and services befitting a larger community. Living is good in Tuscaloosa!

Inquiries regarding the positions should be directed to Prof. Gordy Coleman, Search Committee Chair, School of Library & Information Studies, The University of Alabama, Box 870252, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0252. Inquirers will be sent formal application instructions as these positions are registered in the University’s employment system and require an online application.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

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