School Seeks Assistant Professor in Library and Information Science

The Kent State University School of Library and Information Science is seeking applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The Kent State University School of Library and Information Science is seeking applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate should have a doctorate in Library and Information Science or a related field. Applications are encouraged from candidates with research and teaching competencies in one or more of the following areas:

knowledge organization;
social and cultural informatics;
archives,preservation, and museum studies;
converging information technologies;
and public library management and services.

Candidates should also be able to teach at least one of the School's core courses. Applicants must demonstrate evidence or strong potential of research and scholarly activity, publications, and successful grant applications in one or more of the above research areas. Experience in online teaching is preferred.

Information about the School of Library and Information Science, as well as the college, university and local community, can be found below.

This nine-month appointment begins August 17, 2014; summer teaching and workshops may be available. Salary is competitive; benefits are excellent.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A letter of interest and vitae should be submitted online at Names and contact information of at least three references should be provided with the application. The letter of interest should indicate teaching background and research interests.

For additional information, contact Dr. Don Wicks, Search Committee Chair, at  or Professor Jeff Fruit, Interim Director, at

Screening of applicants began December 15, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.

Kent State University supports equal opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity in education and employment. Applications from minority group members and women are encouraged. 

About the University, School and Location

The School of Library and Information Science:

Is one of the largest professional library and information science programs in North America, with 650 graduate students at two program sites in Ohio and thriving online and distance components.
Is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 18 graduate schools in the field, and the youth librarianship program is ranked 10th.
Offers the only American Library Association accredited Master’s degree program (M.L.I.S.) in Ohio, with strengths ranging from traditional library careers such as public librarianship, children's and young adult, K-12 school libraries and organization of information to digital libraries, digital preservation and museum studies.
Offers the Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM); both degrees are offered online.
Has facilities at two campuses, Kent and Columbus (housed in the State Library of Ohio), with newly renovated and expanded spaces for research and instruction.
Is characterized by a creative, innovative, diverse, collegial, collaborative and highly productive faculty, with an excellent record in scholarship and grantsmanship.
Is a member of a dynamic, unique college, the College of Communication and Information (CCI), whose other schools are Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication and Visual Communication Design, with demonstrated success in collaboration and inter-disciplinary research.
Offers doctoral studies through the CCI interdisciplinary doctoral program.
Is a leader on campus in the use of information technologies for pedagogical innovations and online course delivery, having instructional support staff as well as student services staff.

The College of Communication and Information (CCI)

Four academic programs united in July 2002 to establish the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. The Schools of Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, Library and Information Science and Visual Communication Design joined in one college to create a unique learning community and to begin a pioneering effort in integrative research and professional practice. The College of Communication and Information continues to build its reputation for collaborative, applied and theoretical research while providing a first-class education for the next generations of communicators and leaders.

The College of Communication and Information serves its students with broad course offerings, experiential education, global programming and other professional and scholarly opportunities that prepare them for their careers. Through integrative education at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, the college promotes an atmosphere in which professional preparation and research, led by a dedicated faculty, work together to guide its students’ development and to assist the advancement of its fields.

The doctoral program in the college provides students with a foundation in communication and information, allowing specialization to each student’s developing areas of expertise and research. The evolution of communication technologies and digital information systems has narrowed historic differences among the academic disciplines within the field of communication. The Ph.D. program in the College of Communication and Information provides a unified structure that promotes research, teaching and application of the scientific, humanistic, psycho-social and visual communication principles of communication and information in the digital age.

Kent State University

Kent State University's eight-campus system, among the largest regional systems in the country, serves both the development of a true living/learning approach at the Kent Campus and the regional needs on seven other campuses throughout Northeast Ohio. It is ranked in the first-tier in the Best National Universities category with its inclusion in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Kent State is ranked among the nation's 74 public research universities demonstrating high-research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university has more than 200,000 alumni worldwide, representing all 50 states in the United States and more than 100 countries.

The prospectus that was developed for the recent university president search provides a wonderful overview of the university and all that it has to offer:

Kent, Ohio:

is located in the heart of Northeast Ohio on the banks of the Cuyahoga River;

is within a short drive of rural communities, major recreation and attractions, and major urban areas:

36 miles southeast of Cleveland
10 miles northeast of Akron
20 miles north of Canton
35 miles west of Youngstown

is the largest city in Portage County, within 500 miles of 55 percent of the total U.S. population.
in addition to being the home of Kent State University, is in close proximity to three institutions of higher education: 15 miles east of the University of Akron, 6 miles northwest of the Northeast Ohio Medical University, 6 miles southwest of Hiram College;
boasts a thriving intellectual and cultural community with art galleries, live music (including the renowned Kent State Folk Festival, now in its 45th year), historic sites, lectures, theater and poetry -- on and off campus;
is undergoing a major downtown revival, with new shops, restaurants, businesses, apartments and condos -- plus the new Kent State University Convention Center (opened in 2013).

Read more about Kent, Ohio:

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POSTED: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 3:07pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 10:29am
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