Assistant Professor, School Library Media Specialist - The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Teach graduate level courses in school library media and library and information studies. Conduct scholarly research. Maintain an active role in advising master’s and doctoral students, supervising graduate internship experiences at K-12 school placements, and participating in professional organizations at the state, national, and international levels.

The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies seeks a visionary faculty member for a full-time, tenure-track position to begin January 1, 2017 or August 16, 2017 at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of School Library Media. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to lead our existing NCATE/CAEP and ALA accredited School Library Media program.

Position Summary & Responsibilities: This energetic individual is expected to maintain an active role in:

  • Advising master’s and doctoral students
  • Supervising graduate internship experiences at K-12 school placements
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with educators in K-12 schools and with other faculty members in the College of Education
  • Participating in professional LIS organizations at the state, national, and international levels.

This highly motivated individual should also exhibit the potential to become a nationally recognized researcher and
scholar in the areas of school librarianship, information literacy, and/or instructional technology.

Demonstrated teaching excellence is essential. The teaching load is two graduate courses per semester with the option to teach during the summer. Teaching modes include web-based synchronous distance education and face-to-face (on campus and at our satellite center in Gadsden, AL.) All faculty members are expected to work with diverse constituencies, teach in the core curriculum, maintain a vigorous research agenda, engage in interdisciplinary scholarship, and obtain external funding.

Additional Requirements:

  • Earned doctorate in Library and Information Science or Education from a regionally accredited university prior to the appointment date.
  • ALA-accredited MLIS degree or significant graduate coursework in school library media
  • At least two years, full-time teaching experience in K-12 schools as a school librarian. If teaching experience is more than 5 years old, the successful candidate will be required to spend 10 hours per semester in K-12 schools substituting in the school library or shadowing a highly effective school librarian
  • Experience teaching diverse populations and a commitment to working with non-traditional students

Preferred Requirements:

  • Hold or have the ability to obtain an Alabama Class A teaching certificate in the area of school library media
  • Active involvement in the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
  • Previous experience teaching and supervising graduate students in school library media

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Health & Life Insurance
  • TIAA-CREF available
  • Teacher’s Retirement System of Alabama

An Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer, The University of Alabama is strongly committed to diversity and values candidates who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to our community. Visit for more information and to apply. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Additional Position Information

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. The MLIS program ranks among the top 25 programs in North America.

Founded in 1831 as Alabama’s first public college, the University of Alabama (UA) is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. With an enrollment of over 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UA provides a creative, nurturing campus environment where students can become the best individuals possible, learn from the best and brightest faculty, and make a positive difference in the community, the state, the nation, and the world.

Tuscaloosa is ideally located in the Southeast, convenient to metropolitan cities, mountains, and beaches. The area offers year-round outdoor activities, a vibrant arts community, the cultural benefits of a major university, and services befitting a larger community.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin August 19, 2016 and continue until application closing date. Any application received after this date will not be reviewed.

Applicants must apply online at and submit the required materials. (IMPORTANT: ONLY Choose the “APPLY WITHOUT VITAE” option when applying for the job.)


  • Letter of application that addresses the applicant’s teaching philosophy and research agenda
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information (names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for at least three references

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.

The position expected start date of January 2017 may be pushed to Fall 2017, depending on the need of the department and/or applicant regarding scheduling and moving/job notification requirements. More information will be available during the interview process.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. 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 will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA

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, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

Keyword Phrases

  • The Capstone of Higher Education
  • Student Centered Research University
  • Fostering a diverse student body & workforce
  • Library Science
  • Information Science
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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