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Assistant Professor, Information Science - SLIS - 517928

The University of Alabama
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Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Tuscaloosa
Categories: Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty

207401 - School of Library and Info Studies

Assistant Professor

Position Summary
The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) seeks a faculty member for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor to begin August 16, 2023. Appointments to the faculty of The University of Alabama are based on the personnel requirements of the University’s academic programs and on the goal of achieving and maintaining excellence in its teaching, research, and service/academic citizenship activities.

Detailed Position Information
We seek a faculty colleague to contribute to an active community of researchers, artists, and educators. The ideal candidate will have a research agenda focused on information science broadly defined to include technology and human aspects of systems. Areas of interest include, but are not limited, to:
• Social Informatics
• User experience design (UX/UI)/Human-computer interaction (HCI)
• Human-Centered Data Science
• Machine learning, human-AI interaction, Responsible AI
The successful candidate will have an opportunity to help shape the character and direction of the School as it embarks on development of an undergraduate informatics initiative. All faculty members work with diverse constituencies, contribute to our social justice-driven curriculum, and maintain a rigorous research agenda. Participation in interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement initiatives are strongly encouraged.

Minimum Qualifications
• Earned doctorate or nearing completion in information science or related field
• Demonstrated ability to design, conduct, and publish rigorous research
• Evidence of an emerging research agenda
• Commitment to continuous improvement and teaching excellence
• Commitment to professional service

Preferred Qualifications
• Collaborative research mindset • Experience and/or intent to seek funding to support research • Interest in community engagement • A commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in research, teaching, and service efforts • Experience teaching information science or cognate areas at the undergraduate level • Evidence of successful online course development and delivery

Instructions and Required Materials for Application
To apply, go to to complete an online application and provide: • A cover letter (1-2 pages) detailing interest in and suitability for the position; • Statement of research philosophy; • One article-length scholarly writing sample; • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations; peer observations of teaching); • A curriculum vitae; • Contact information for three professional references.

Applicants are also encouraged to describe their unique approaches to IDEA through presentation of their submission materials using one of the following prompts: • How do you see IDEA operationalizing in organizations and/or in the classroom? How would you respond to the gaps that frequently emerge between organizational statements supporting IDEA and the reality that people in those organizations continue to experience inequities nonetheless? • Share about any training around IDEA that you might have found valuable in your workplace and/or life experiences.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries about the positions may be sent to Dr. Laurie J. Bonnici, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]

About the Division/College/School
The College of Communication and Information Sciences is home to state-of-the-art media and research facilities like the Digital Media Center and the Institute for Communication and Information Research. The College's students and programs have won several regional and national awards in multiple areas ranging from forensics and debate to being named PRWeek's Most Outstanding Education Program. The College offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, communication studies, creative media, news media and public relations; master’s degrees in advertising and public relations, book arts, communication studies, journalism and creative media, and library and information studies; and a multidisciplinary doctoral degree in communication and information sciences. With an award-winning faculty and staff and commitment to innovative scholarship and teaching, the College of Communication and Information Sciences is dedicated to realizing the potential of communication and information to make everyone’s world a better place.

SLIS offers an ALA-accredited master's program, an MFA degree program in the book arts, and doctoral courses that contribute to a multidisciplinary doctorate in communication and information sciences. We are at an exciting juncture in the history of our school with new leadership and vision dedicated to facilitating a global vision of LIS education and building a community of scholars.

About the University
The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.

A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

About Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.

It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.

With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.

Background Investigation and EEO Statement
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law"

Advertised: 02 Nov 2022 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 20 Jan 2023 Central Standard Time


The University of Alabama embodies an academic community that demands excellence in teaching, research and service and provides an inclusive, nurturing environment for the discovery of knowledge and the development of well-rounded leaders. Founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college and known as the Capstone of Higher Education, UA provides a premier undergraduate and graduate education built upon global engagement, high-quality scholarship, outstanding teaching, and diversity and inclusivity throughout the community.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Our Vision

The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

Our Core Values

The University of Alabama is committed to:

  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
  • Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity.
  • Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world.
  • Campus life that embodies collaboration, collegiality, respect and a culture of inclusivity.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Provide a premier undergraduate and graduate education that offers a global perspective and is characterized by outstanding teaching, high-quality scholarship and distinctive curricular and co-curricular programs. Increase the University’s productivity and innovation in research, scholarship and creative activities that impact economic and societal development.
  • Enrich our learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  • Provide opportunities and resources that facilitate work-life balance and enhance the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff.
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