The School of Library & Information Studies, College of Communication & Information Sciences, The University of Alabama, invites applications and nominations for an instructor for a three-year renewable contract, beginning as early as January 2013. The successful candidate will receive an appointment that is 50 percent administrative and 50 percent instructional.

Position Description

This position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of activities in the School and to make a difference both administratively and instructionally.

The instructor will be the School’s liaison with the College’s Information Officer and will provide leadership in enhancing the School’s visibility through diverse methods of reporting, communicating, and marketing. These methods will include publications, the School’s web presence, social media, and work with University and professional media distribution channels. The instructor will assist the director and staff in accreditation reporting as well. The instructor will assist faculty members in research proposal preparation, management of grant funding and reporting, and will work with the director in representing the School’s research interests to the College’s Institute for Communication and Information Research (ICIR) and the University’s Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP).

The instructional aspect of the position requires teaching primarily in the core curriculum. Preference will be given to candidates who are prepared to teach at least two of the required courses: Introduction to Library and Information Studies, Organization of Information, Research Methods, Information Sources and Services, Administration and Management, and Information Technologies. Instruction is offered online as well as on-campus and off-site face-to-face.


• A Master’s degree in library and information studies or its equivalent;
• 18 semester hours beyond the Master’s degree;
• Evidence of intermediate web design experience;
• Evidence of excellent spoken and written communication skills; and
• Experience in the preparation of successful funding proposals.
• Earned doctorate, second master’s, or terminal degree or progress in a degree program;
• Teaching experience;
• Experience with accreditation, assessment, or certification programs;
• Web 2.0 experience in the marketing of a program, library, or other enterprise; and
• Professional experience in a library, information center or other information-rich organization.


The School, with 14 faculty members, 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. An undergraduate course sequence in information studies is also offered. The School is selective in admissions for all program options and the MLIS program ranks among the top 25 programs in North America.

Tuscaloosa is centrally located in the Southeast, and is convenient to Atlanta, Birmingham, Mobile and the Gulf Coast, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga. The area offers outdoor activities year-round, a vibrant arts community, the cultural benefits of a major university, and services befitting a larger community. Living is good in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Application particulars:

To apply visit and attach a curriculum vita and cover letter.
Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2012 and will be accepted until the position is filled. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Search Committee Chair and Contact: Elizabeth Aversa, Professor, [log in to unmask]