Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy

Columbia, SC
Feb 28, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Details
Posting Summary

Logo Posting Number FAC00161PO17 Classification Title Professor Internal Title Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy Campus Columbia 01 College/Division College of Information and Communications Department School of Library and Information Science Advertised Salary Range Salary commensurate with experience Location of Vacancy Part/Full Time Full Time Hours per week 37.5 Hours per year 1462.50 Position Category Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Basis 9 months Work County Richland 40 Tenure Information Tenure-Track/Tenured Job Search Category Faculty

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The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

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Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

The College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina seeks an outstanding candidate to fill the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy, the first academic chair at the University of South Carolina honoring an African-American woman. Augusta Baker was the first African-American Director of Children's Services at the New York Public Library and former Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of South Carolina.

The College of Information and Communications is seeking a candidate that will build on Augusta Baker's legacy by advancing our knowledge of youth literacy and services in traditional and digital environments. The successful candidate will provide national and state leadership in the teaching, research, and service missions of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). The Chair will be actively involved with the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy, an initiative dedicated to research, development, and community involvement to eliminate illiteracy in South Carolina and across the country.The

SLIS-MLIS program is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), and its school librarianship preparation program is approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In addition to the MLIS degree, SLIS offers the Ph.D. and two other post-master's degrees. The School also offers an undergraduate degree in information science. The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Required Education and Experience

The qualifications for this tenured position include:
An earned doctorate

A research agenda in digital youth, childhood literacy, youth services or children's literature

A record of publication and successful grant-funded research

Excellence in teaching

A demonstrated history of professional involvement

A demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity.

Preferred Qualifications

Achievement commensurate with appointment at the rank of professor is preferred; however, appointment at the rank of associate professor may be considered.

Posting Detail Information

Desired Start Date 08/16/2018 Job Open Date 11/06/2017 Job Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant

Applications should be received by February 28, 2018

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The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics.

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