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School of Information Studies Visiting Faculty (Open Rank)

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois


invites applications for a Visiting Faculty Position

The School of Information Studies in the College of Applied Social Sciences at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, just west of Chicago, is inviting applications for a visiting faculty position that will begin in August 2023 for at least one academic year with the potential to convert to a full-time tenure track position. The selected faculty member will join a diverse, collaborative, and cohesive core faculty committed to the university’s overarching mission to create a just and humane society.

The School of Information Studies is a member of the iSchool Consortium with a range of degree options: PhD in Information Studies, Master of Library and Information Science (ALA-accredited), Master of Science in Information Management, Master of Arts in Youth Literature, Master of Professional Studies, sixteen master’s level certificate programs, and a Bachelor of Science in Informatics.

We seek candidates who are comfortable teaching in two or more of the following areas:

  • Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation Strategies
  • Data Management, Information Architecture, Data Security
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Digital Libraries, Digital Curation, Digital Humanities
  • Collection Management and Electronic Resources Acquisition and Administration
  • Information Policy and Information Governance
  • Foundations of Library and Information Science
  • Foundations of Information in Society, Organizations, and Cultures
  • Scholarly Communication and Publishing

Required Qualifications

To be considered, applicants:

  • Must have a PhD in Library and Information Science or a PhD in a related field AND at least one earned degree in Library and Information Science. Doctoral candidates who are on ABD status with an anticipated summer 2023 or earlier graduation date are also acceptable.
  • Must have a demonstrated research agenda and commitment to teaching and service.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Practical experience in a library or information organization
  • Experience teaching, advising, and mentoring in higher education
  • Experience teaching online, hybrid, and in person

About the School

Dominican University has been educating future librarians and information professionals in the Chicago area since 1930, when (then) Rosary College established a Department of Library Science that awarded Bachelor of Arts degrees. By 1949, the College was offering the Master of Arts degree in Library Science, a degree accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1962. By 1970, the department had evolved into Rosary College’s first graduate school, expanding its reach and reputation between 1981 and 2016 as the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Renamed the School of Information Studies in 2016, Dominican University continues to strengthen its identity and reputation as a national leader in library, information science, and information management education building on its distinguished 75-year history.

Today, the SOIS enrolls more than 300 students across its programs, which include the ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS); the Master of Professional Studies in Library and Information Science (MPS); the Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM); the Master of Arts in Youth Literature (MAYL); the Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science (Dominican’s first and only PhD); and the School of Information Studies’ first undergraduate major and minor, Informatics. The SOIS is led by a Director of the School of Information Studies, and the faculty includes eleven full-time tenure-track faculty members.

All School of Information Studies programs balance rigorous attention to both theory and practice and are taught by accomplished and engaged professors. Students have access to practical learning experiences in the many information-rich organizations in Chicago, including businesses, universities, libraries, museums, and cultural heritage institutions.

About the University

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution with an enrollment of about 3,000 students. Dominican University is a relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous, integrative and innovative undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It is known for its excellent academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors its students, its enduring commitment to social justice, and the enriching diversity of its students, faculty and staff. Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the university provides students and alumnae/i an accessible and welcoming location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities.

The student body reflects social, economic, and racial/ethnic diversity, and is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The total student body is 73% female, 50% Hispanic/Latinx, and 6% Black/African-American, and 48% of undergraduates are first-generation college students. Dominican University’s mission, in part, is to prepare students to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. Toward that end, the university is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. For more information about Dominican University, see

Application Process

Applicants of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All applicants must apply online at provide the following documents:

  • Cover letter which includes teaching philosophy, research agenda, and a detailed plan for contribution to the SOIS programs
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of three professional references
  • A letter on demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Submission instructions will be provided.

A background screening is required upon hire.

Applications will be accepted starting in February 2023, and review will begin in February and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries and questions may be directed to Dr. Janice Del Negro, Search Committee Chair, at Do not send applications materials to the search chair.

EEO Statement

Dominican University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

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