Department/Organization 207401 - School of Library and Info Studies
Position Summary The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) seeks a student-focused faculty member for a full-time, non-tenure-track renewable contract (NTRC) instructor 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: https://slis.ua.edu/curriculum/mlis-areas-of-emphasis/ebsco-scholarships/
• 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 include: • Earned master’s 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 professional and/or teaching experience in the 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 graduate and/or professional development courses.
• 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 https://careers.ua.edu/home 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@example.com
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.
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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.
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