Faculty Position in Library and Archives Conservation, Non-tenure-track

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Faculty Position in Library and Archives Conservation, Non-tenure-track

Austin, TX
Open Date:
Sep 15, 2019
Close Date:
Oct 16, 2019

The School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a full-time open-rank position of professor of practice/instruction in Library and Archives Conservation and Preservation. This non-tenure track position will begin in Fall 2020. This is an opportunity to work within a creative and dynamic faculty, and to mentor students. Salary and rank for the successful candidate will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree in cultural heritage conservation or related discipline;
  • Demonstrated progressive experience in the conservation and preservation of library and archival materials;
  • Evidence of a high degree of proficiency and skill in the design and performance of a variety of conservation treatments on a wide range of works on paper;
  • Evidence of effective teaching skills, and a commitment to teaching and mentoring to a diverse community;
  • Evidence of initiating a scholarly agenda (publishing or speaking on professional conservation and preservation issues);
  • A record of service to the profession;
  • Well-developed communication skills;
  • Evidence of ability to work cooperatively and collegially within an interdisciplinary work environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience with modern and historic production techniques, especially for library and archival materials;
  • Knowledge and experience with the conservation and preservation of books, manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and/or textiles;
  • Knowledge and experience of best practice in exhibits of cultural heritage objects;
  • Knowledge and experience of disaster planning and response;
  • Advanced studies or research in the conservation of cultural heritage, especially as it relates to information science;
  • Familiarity with the conservation issues involved with time-based media.


The successful candidate will design and teach lecture and laboratory courses in preservation and conservation as related to libraries, archives, museums and information science. The successful candidate will provide mentoring and advisement to a diverse set of students and actively seek strategies to integrate preservation and conservation into iSchool teaching and research. Advisement includes working with students specializing in libraries, archives and museums, but also all other areas of the iSchool. Although teaching is the primary responsibility, it is expected that the candidate will pursue a scholarly, research and creative activity agenda, as well as perform service to the iSchool and the University.

The Professor of Practice will actively participate in the life of the school, including:

  • Upkeep and maintenance of the conservation laboratories
  • Coordinating and facilitating all courses taught in the conservation laboratories
  • Serving on school and college committees
  • Participating in school and University events
  • Advancing the school’s public outreach initiatives
  • Representing the school/University by participating in professional organizations


Full-time non-tenure-track appointment beginning Fall 2020. Salary is competitive nationally, with excellent benefits.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will begin to review applications and interview candidates on October 16, 2019.

For this position, required materials include:

  1. current CV,
  2. a cover letter clearly indicating how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed above,
  3. names and contact details of 3 references (whom we may contact at any stage in the hiring process unless candidate indicates otherwise),
  4. a teaching statement,
  5. a diversity statement. The purpose of the diversity statement is to identify candidates who have professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance campus diversity and equity efforts.

Questions about this position may be sent to [email protected].

About the UT Austin iSchool

The goal of the UT Austin iSchool is to be the premier research and education program for the 21st century field of information, where we are changing the future by engaging the present and preserving the past. Research and teaching at the iSchool changes the ways that we interact with information and technology, changes how information can make the world a better and fairer place, and changes the ways we protect and preserve our collective memory. For more information about the iSchool, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about/about_us.

The UT Austin iSchool is a founding member of the international iSchools caucus (https://ischools.org/), and has a long history of interdisciplinary scholarship and research focused on the human, social, cultural, and technical aspects of information, broadly conceived. Our program is consistently ranked among the top programs in information internationally. We are a stand-alone school with strong connections across the university and with other institutions nationally and internationally; we are particularly interested in applicants who will further strengthen and extend our collaborative network. We offer master’s and doctoral degree programs, dual master’s degree programs with various disciplines, an integrated bachelor’s in computer science/master’s in information studies, and an undergraduate minor; an undergraduate major in informatics is planned. Our Master of Science degree in Identity Management and Security is offered jointly with the UT Center for Identity. For more details on our current degree offerings, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/programs.

UT Austin is a public ivy and one of the world’s leading research universities, with an internationally distinguished faculty. UT Austin embraces interdisciplinary research, and is the home to more the 200 dedicated research units and centers. For more information on UT Austin, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about/about_ut_austin.

About Austin

Austin is a city bursting with entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment to personal freedom, and a passion for discovery. Austin has a vibrant, internationally renowned music, film, and art scene, along with a thriving economy that leads the way in the technology, engineering, and health care sectors. It is a city with natural beauty in abundance, with a glittering river that runs through the center of the city, year-round sunshine, and a location in the picturesque Hill Country of central Texas. Austin is a creative center that attracts the best and the brightest from around the world. Often referred to as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin hosts major annual events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest (SXSW), which includes Education, Film, Music, and Interactive Festivals. Austin serves as the corporate headquarters for Fortune 500 companies such as Dell, Whole Foods, and ABM Industries, plus successful tech start-ups such as Tivoli, Hoover’s and more recently, SparkCognition, data.world, Indeed.com, Spiceworks, and WP Engine. Austin also hosts research and development offices for major technology-oriented companies such as Amazon, AMD, Apple, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, Freescale, Google, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Samsung, and Texas Instruments, who have established major operations in Austin to draw from the highly skilled talent the university produces. Savills World Research ranks Austin #1 in the Savills Tech Cities Index. U.S. News and World Report rated Austin #1 in its Best Places to Live list. Expedia ranks Austin #1 in its 21 super cool US cities list. More information on Austin can be found at https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about/about_austin.




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Posted: 9/17/2019
Application Due: 10/8/2019
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