Please Note:  Representatives of the School will be attending ALISE in Dallas and will be available to meet prospective applicants.

Assistant Professors (2)

School of Library and Information Studies

Competition No. -


Closing Date -

Jan 31, 2012


The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alberta invites applications for two (2) full-time tenure track positions. The date of the appointments, at the Assistant Professor level, will ideally be July 1, 2012.

We seek candidates who are committed to teaching in a student and community-centered environment, who are excited about research and its applications, and who share our passion for libraries, other information centres, and the related professions as they are practiced in large and small communities.

Successful candidates will have a wide variety of teaching interests and are amenable to teaching both foundational and a variety of elective courses in a curriculum aligned with American Library Association (ALA) Competencies. Candidates will identify expertise in one or more areas of the School’s MLIS curriculum. Interest in, and experience with, online and in-person teaching is desirable. They will be intensely committed to developing future library and information professionals who are effective leaders. Other instructional duties will include advising and supervising students.

The positions require team players with an earned Ph.D. in Library and Information Science or a related field. Candidates near completion will also be considered. An MLIS is highly desirable and professional work experience is preferred. Candidates may have expertise and/or research interest in, but not limited to, one or more of the following areas: knowledge management, bibliometrics and citation analysis, and information visualization; information retrieval, information organization, information behavior, and user services (including services to children and youth); or information policy. New streams are being developed in digital curation and public librarianship as it is practiced in rural, small-, and medium-sized settings.

For over 40 years, the School of Library and Information Studies has offered the only ALA-accredited MLIS program on the Canadian prairies. The School of Library and Information Studies is located in Rutherford Library South—the heart of the University of Alberta campus—and is a part of the Faculty of Education. The School and Faculty offer a highly collegial and supportive work climate with outstanding support for research and teaching.

The University of Alberta ( is Alberta’s flagship post-secondary institution. The University serves approximately 38,000 students (including roughly 6,000 graduate students) who are enrolled in 400 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 different faculties across five campuses. The University of Alberta is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Canada (and in the world), one of the top research institutions in Canada, and the University is one of the top employers in Canada. University of Alberta salaries are extremely competitive and employees enjoy generous benefits. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

With over a million people, Greater Edmonton ( offers all the culture, convenience, and choice of a larger centre in an environment of open spaces, endless parks and river valley trails. Edmonton is known as Festival City and hosts over 30 festivals each year. The beautiful Rocky Mountains are within a three hour drive.

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2012 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Electronic applications are preferred and should include: a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest, the names and contact details (address, affiliation, e-mail addresses) of three academic referees who have agreed to write for you, and a writing sample.

For additional information please visit our website at:

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.



Ernie Ingles,
Vice-Provost, and
Director, School of Library and Information Studies,
3-18 Rutherford South,
Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada, T6G 2J4

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.


Ernie Ingles,
Vice-Provost, and,
Director, School of Library and Information Studies,
University of Alberta,
5-O7 Cameron Library,
Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada, T6G 2J8

Vice-Provost Tel: 780-492-5170
SLIS Tel: 780-492-3932