Assistant Professor, Scripting Languages/AI-ML, School of Library and Information Studies - 520788
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Internal Number: 520788
Department/Organization 207401 - School of Library and Info Studies
Rank Assistant Professor
Position Summary Primary duties will include teaching scripting languages/AI-ML courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, and performing service as assigned by the School, College and University.
Detailed Position Information The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) seeks a student- focused faculty member for a full-time renewable contract non-tenure track assistant professor position in scripting languages/AI-ML to begin August 16, 2024. This teaching focused position is based on a 3-year renewable contract cycle with opportunities for promotion.
Position Summary & Responsibilities:
• Teaching four courses per semester with the option to teach during the summer for additional compensation. The focus of this position is our developing BS in Informatics degree program (face-to-face instructional mode) with the possibility of also teaching courses in our online graduate Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) curriculum depending on SLIS programmatic needs. The successful candidate will develop and teach courses related to the technical aspects of information science in areas including programming and scripting languages (Python, R, SQL, C++, etc.) as well as developing courses that apply AI/ML methods to information problems. Option to teach in other areas of the MLIS curriculum and to develop additional new courses to meet SLIS programmatic needs.
• Advising and mentoring students primarily in the BS in Informatics program with some additional responsibilities for advising graduate students.
• 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
Salary & Benefits:
• Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. • Health & Life Insurance. • TIAA-CREF available. • Teacher’s Retirement System of Alabama.
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 at undergraduate and/or graduate level.
• Evidence of successful teaching of undergraduate and/or graduate courses.
Preferred Qualifications Preferred Qualifications: • Evidence of successful undergraduate course development in technology areas. • Demonstrated academic advising and student mentorship experience. • Involvement in relevant professional associations.
Instructions and Required Materials for Application To Apply: Applicants must apply online at https://careers.ua.edu/jobs/search/college-of-communication-information-sciences and submit the following required materials. • Letter of application that addresses the applicant’s teaching philosophy, instructional excellence, and provides an outline of the types of courses that the applicant could teach. • Curriculum Vitae. • Contact information (names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for at least three professional references. Expected Starting Date: 08/16/2024 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. Review of applications will begin October 1 and will continue until the position closes. Questions regarding the search should be directed to the search chair, Dr. Steven L. MacCall at email@example.com.
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 media studies, 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, undergraduate courses in informatics, 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.
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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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