Emporia State Universityís School of Library and Information Management seeks three new tenure-track faculty members at assistant, associate or full professor rank to teach in its ALA-accredited MLS program. The positions are for nine-month contracts with an option for summer teaching and include generous health insurance, retirement benefits and funding for professional development, conferences, and seminars. Screening will begin September 1 and continue until the positions are filled.
Successful candidates will have a doctorate in library/information studies or a related discipline and recent teaching and/or research expertise in at least one of the following areas: archives and records management, resources and services for children and young adults, information technology, classification and cataloging, research concepts and methods, and public libraries. Other desired qualifications are experience with a course management program such as Blackboard and commitment to service. Individuals who have experience working in school, public, academic, government, or special libraries are especially encouraged to apply.
All SLIM faculty are expected to teach at least two courses in the core curriculum: LI801 Foundations of Library and Information Science, LI802 Foundations of Service, LI804 Organization of Information, LI805 Leadership and Administration of Information Organizations, and LI810 Research in Library and Information Science. Research or teaching experience in two of these areas is preferred. See course descriptions on the Schoolís Web site at http://slim.emporia.edu.
Emporia State is a regional institution with an emphasis on teaching. Faculty are expected to live within reasonable commuting distance and maintain a presence on campus. For complete details, see the SLIM faculty recognition document at http://slim.emporia.edu and the University Policy Manual at www.emporia.edu/acadaff/employee_policy_manual.htm.
Classes for SLIMís MLS program are taught at the Emporia campus as well as at SLIMís off-site regional locations in Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Kansas City. SLIM core courses are taught by full-time faculty; most applications courses are taught by local practitioners who serve on the SLIM national faculty. Over two-thirds of SLIM courses are taught in weekend-intensive classes supplemented by online instruction via Blackboard and Adobe Connect; the remainder are taught online.
Emporia, population 30,000, is located in the beautiful Flint Hills area of Kansas. Emporia combines the attributes of small-town living with easy access to several major metropolitan areas and airports; Lawrence, Topeka, Wichita, and Kansas City are within 100 miles. Affordable real estate prices, a high quality K-12 school district, low crime rate, numerous lakes and recreational facilities, and cultural attractions associated with ESU contribute to an attractive lifestyle.
Submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, research agenda, unofficial transcripts, and names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references via email to Debra Rittgers at [log in to unmask] . An AA/EOE institution, Emporia State University encourages minorities and women to apply. Background checks are required prior to hire. (Posted June 2010.)
Mirah Dow, BSE, MLS, PhD
Associate Professor, Chair Search Committee
School of Library and Information Management
Emporia State University
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