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Assistant Professor, Non-Tenure Renewable Contract (NTRC) - SLIS - 517895

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Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Tuscaloosa
Categories: Non-Tenure-Track/Clinical Faculty

207401 - School of Library and Info Studies

Assistant Professor

Position Summary
The University of Alabama College of Communication & Information Sciences - School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) seeks a student-focused faculty member for a full-time, non-tenure-track renewable contract (NTRC) assistant professor in archival studies 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
Position Summary & Responsibilities:

• Teaching three graduate courses per semester with the option to teach during the summer. Instructional modes include web-based synchronous distance education and face-to-face. Typically, at least two courses will be taught in the online mode each semester. The third course will be offered in a modality that meets LIS programmatic needs.
• Teaching LIS courses in the core archival studies curriculum: introduction to archival studies, intellectual foundations of archival theory and practice, archival appraisal, and archival representation. Option to teach in other areas of the LIS curriculum and to develop new courses to meet LIS programmatic needs.
• Expertise in community archives, preservation, special collections, and media collections is of particular interest; however, all candidates with interest and experience in archival theory and practice are encouraged to apply.
• Assisting with the administration of the SLIS EBSCO Scholars Program and related outreach initiatives:
• Advising graduate students (master’s level).
• Participating in professional service and engagement to SLIS, the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the University of Alabama, and local/regional/national professional associations.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications:
• Earned doctorate in Library and Information Science or cognate area from a regionally accredited university prior to the appointment date.
• Experience teaching diverse populations and a commitment to working with nontraditional students.
• At least 3 years of teaching experience in the topical areas covered by the MLIS archival studies core: introduction to archival studies, intellectual foundations of archival theory and practice, archival appraisal, and archival representation.
• Evidence of successful synchronous teaching of online courses.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience teaching two or more of the areas covered by the MLIS archival studies core.

• Evidence of administrative and/or project management experience.

• Evidence of successful course development for online delivery.

• Demonstrated academic advising and student mentorship experiences.

• Documented excellence in teaching at the graduate level. • Active involvement in LIS professional associations.

Instructions and Required Materials for Application
To Apply: Please visit and click on “Search Jobs” - “Faculty Jobs” and then on to the College of Communication & Information Sciences job group in order to apply and submit the following required materials.

• Letter of application that addresses the applicant’s teaching philosophy, instructional excellence, and outlines specific courses within the MLIS curriculum that the applicant could teach.

• Curriculum Vitae.

• Contact information (names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for at least three professional references.

Please note that we have only one NTRC faculty position available at this time. Based on qualifications, we will be hiring for either the Instructor position or the Assistant Professor position. The position expected start date is August 16, 2023. Review of applications will begin on the closing date of 01/15/23.

Questions regarding the search should be directed to the search chair, Dr. Robert B. Riter at [email protected] Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” university transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework.

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.

The School of Library and Information Studies is part of the College of Communication and Information Sciences, and offers an ALA-accredited Master’s program, an MFA program in the book arts and doctoral courses that contribute to a multidisciplinary doctorate in Communication and Information Sciences.

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: 01 Nov 2022 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 15 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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