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Assistant Professor of Information, Library, & Research Sciences

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

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Functional Title:

Assistant Professor of Information, Library, & Research Sciences

Position Type:

Tenure Stream

Position Eclass:

FC - Faculty 9 month Non Leave earn

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The Department of Information, Library, & Research Sciences (ILRS) invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track Assistant Professor. ILRS offers Bachelors, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in the intersecting areas of information, library, and research & evaluation sciences, including a Master’s of Library & Information Science degree accredited by the American Library Association. According to the 2021 U.S. News & World Report, the MLIS program is ranked #2 in North Carolina and #22 across the United States. We offer a fully online, synchronous Master of Library & Information Science degree, as well as a variety of in-person and hybrid programs. This position is a 9-month appointment on the main Greensboro campus with promotion and tenure possibilities. Tenure-track faculty members have responsibilities in three areas: teaching, research, and service. The position will be effective August 1, 2024, and the salary is commensurate with qualifications.

Position Summary:

Re-Post, Previous Applicants Need Not Re-Apply, Still Under Consideration

Position Summary
Candidates with a specialization in public librarianship or library administration are preferred. Other areas of interest will also be considered, including the following:

  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Community engagement with underserved populations
  • Social justice issues
  • Trauma-informed library services
  • Intellectual freedom
  • Emerging technologies and digital equity
  • Programming, partnerships, and outreach
  • Youth services or adult services
  • Other areas of focus related to public librarianship

  • Participate in instruction, research, publication, and other scholarly activities
  • Teach in synchronous, online environments primarily at the graduate level, with opportunities to teach face-to-face in the undergraduate program as well
  • Mentor and advise graduate students
  • Provide service to the department, school, university, profession, and community

Minimum Qualifications:

Required Education and Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in library/information science, education, or related field, by start date of employment. Consideration will be given to candidates who have not yet earned their doctorate at the time of application, but who anticipate earning their doctorate in the near future.
  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association
  • Capacity to teach and mentor at the graduate level

A record of, or the potential for:
  • Active engagement with the theories and methodologies currently informing the study of librarianship
  • Developing a program of research and scholarship in their specialty area
  • Instructional expertise in the teaching of librarianship

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications

  • A commitment to research and scholarship that advances the needs of diverse communities within the profession, the state, and the campus of UNC Greensboro
  • A record of work and leadership experience in public libraries or related community-based public institutions
  • Experience and expertise in communicative soft skills, with a people-first approach to the teaching and research of public librarianship
  • A working knowledge of issues related to library administration in the context of local government

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Deadline and ProceduresReview of applications will begin on September 22, 2023, and will continue until the position is successfully filled. Candidates should upload the following materials electronically via the system:
(1) A letter of application, including statements that articulate the candidate’s teaching philosophy, research agenda, and service and community engagement philosophies and mission,(2) current vitae,(3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three or more references.

Applicants are asked to provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three references, in the References section of the electronic application. These references will be solicited by the UNCG job search system via email and asked to provide a confidential Letter of Reference / Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. This will occur when a candidate is being considered for an interview.

For questions, contact:Noah Lenstra,

Recruitment Range:

$73,000 - $80,000

Org #-Department:

Info/Library/Research/Science - 12024

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UNCG at a Glance

Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse state university in the Piedmont Triad. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. 

With more than 19,400 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 210 acres.

UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university. The College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 79 undergraduate majors, 65 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs.

The university holds two classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as a “research university with high research activity” and for “community engagement” in curriculum, outreach and partnerships. More than $35 million in grants and contracts for research and creative activity are awarded to faculty members annually. Among the most prominent of UNCG's research initiatives are the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Both are partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Globalization of the curriculum has expanded opportunities for international education, through new programs such as the UNC Exchange Program and the Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, innovative signature programs such as Building Entrepreneurial Learning for Life (BELL), Communication Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research and Freshman Seminars enhance the student experience.

As a cultural leader, UNCG offers concerts, lectures, dance and theater performances, exhibitions at the internationally known Weatherspoon Art Museum and readings by nationally known authors. In athletics, Spartan teams compete in nine women's and nine men's sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With ethnic minority students making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system's historically white campuses.

Although much has changed, some things remain the same. The university motto — “Service” — continues to be a guiding principle put into practice through all aspects of university life.

UNCG Schools and College of Arts & Sciences

The University's Academic Affairs Division consists of seven academic schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and the Lloyd International Honors College. The names below are the ones currently in use. In some cases, the names have changed since the academic units were founded. The schools and their dates of establishment are: Graduate School 1921-22;College of Arts & Sciences 1969, Lloyd International Honors College 2005, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 2007, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics 1969, School of Education 1921, School of Health and Human Sciences 2011, School of Music, Theatre and Dance 2010, and School of Nursing 1966.

Achievements & Accolades

UNCG is garnering national attention and awards for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and engaged community. Take a look at some of our latest accomplishments and meaningful contributions on campus, in the community and around the globe. Curious about more accolades, achievements, our student body, faculty and staff excellence and other signs of our success? Find out more at UNCG Now:

Challenging Academic Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from

The graduate program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has earned a Top 10 ranking by the The HDFS Report.

Supportive Environment

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

UNCG is ranked among the best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that guides students through the college selection process.

The Education Trust singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Engaged Community

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation for promoting healthy trees and encouraging the spirit of conservation. 

UNCG’s innovative dynamic mailbox system has been honored as one of University Business Magazine’s Models of Efficiency.

For the eighth consecutive year, UNCG is highlighted on Washington Monthly’s list of American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Careers at UNCG

UNCG is committed to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive university by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse community of talented individuals in support of the university's mission.

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