Jobs in the iSchool

The School of Information at Kent State University is seeking nominations of and applications from qualified and outstanding candidates for the positions indicated below. 

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

We are committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community. This is one of several core values we embrace as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of Ohio, the nation and our world. Our diverse community reflects the unique strengths and abilities, which contribute to our pursuit of an inclusive, distinctive Kent State.

Current Openings

User Experience Design (Tenure Track Faculty)


The iSchool seeks a new faculty member with research and teaching interests in one or more of the following areas:

  • Human-computer interaction
  • User experience research and design
  • Interaction design
  • Industrial design
  • Human factors psychology
  • Related areas

Candidates should demonstrate potential for developing a sustained record of outstanding scholarship including publication and grant writing. Service to professional organizations, the school and the university is expected. The ideal candidate will provide evidence of a strong interest in or track record of teaching excellence, including demonstrated commitment to student success through mentoring and advising.

Please see the full job posting and submit your applications via the Kent State University website.

Please direct questions to Karen Gracy, Ph.D., Chair, UXD Faculty Search Chair at

School Librarianship (Tenure Track Faculty)

Kent State University’s nationally ranked School of Information (iSchool) invites applicants for a full-time, tenure track position in School Librarianship. 

The iSchool is part of the College of Communication and Information (CCI), a unique collaboration that brings together five distinct but interrelated fields of study – media, design, communication, information, and digital technologies. CCI faculty are creative, dynamic, and interdisciplinary and the iSchool seeks candidates that fully embrace the opportunities that the College offers for transdisciplinary collaboration among our fields. The iSchool features the same interdisciplinarity and collaborative spirit in our approach to research and teaching. The school and the college are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Additional information can be found on our School Library Media K-12 website

Applications are encouraged from candidates with teaching competencies in the areas of school librarianship with expertise in educational technology and curriculum and instruction. The position will include curriculum development and direction relative to licensure and Ohio Department of Education guidelines, scholarship, teaching, advising, and practicum oversight responsibilities of students enrolled in the M.L.I.S School Library Media K-12, dual M.L.I.S. School Library Media K-12/M.Ed. degree, and non-degree school media licensure programs. Service to professional organizations, the school, and the university is expected. 

This position involves online and/or face-to-face teaching and advising. 

Minimum Requirements
Candidates must have licensure in school library media with an initial teaching certificate and a doctorate in library and information science, curriculum and instruction or a closely related field at the time of hire. Official notification of completion of the degree must be received by the start date of August 21, 2022. Candidates will demonstrate potential for developing a program of scholarship that will lead to an outstanding and sustained record of scholarly publications and grant writing. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as a demonstrated commitment to student success.

Preference will be given to applicants with teaching experience in a K-12 public school environment and with collegiate teaching experience. 

Kent State University is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community. This is one of several core values we embrace as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of Ohio, the nation, and our world. 

Salary is competitive and benefits are excellent (KSU offers a full range of benefits, which are listed in our Benefits in Brief document.)

For priority consideration applications should be submitted by December 5, 2021, but the search will stay open until the position is filled.

Candidates must apply online at and submit the following:
•    A statement of interest that includes information about teaching philosophy and current research objectives
•    Current curriculum vitae
•    Diversity statement 
•    Names and contact information for at least three professional references

For additional information, questions, or nominations, interested parties should contact:
Mary Anne Nichols, MLS, Search Committee Chair

Part-Time Instructors

The School seeks qualified instructors for part-time, temporary positions for our online degree programs in Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science with concentrations in health informatics, knowledge management and user experience design.

Selection is based on the applicant's subject expertise and professional experience in the relevant area, as well as teaching experience, with an emphasis on online teaching. All teaching is done online.

Part-time faculty members whose appointments require that their assigned duties are performed for a full semester are entitled to a fee waiver of up to a maximum of four credit hours, which can be used during or immediately following the semester in which they are employed. Part-time employees earn sick leave in an amount proportionate to the percentage of full-time service.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. The school keeps applications for part-time teaching on file for one year.

Please submit a letter of application indicating the course(s) you are eligible to teach,curriculum vitae or resume with at least three references related to teaching experience, and a sample syllabus to Meghan Harper, Ph.D., School of Information Interim Director, at


Why Work for Kent State University?

  • Four-time recipient of the NorthCoast 99 Best Places to Work in Northeast Ohio
  • Excellent benefits for faculty and staff 
  • Participation in one of the state retirement systems: Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) or the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS)
  • Tuition waiver: After a 120-day waiting period, all general and instructional fees are waived for full-time faculty and staff members, their spouses, domestic partners and qualified dependent children in accordance with University policy 3342-6-09.1. Part-time classified hourly or unclassified administrative staff who have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours within the previous 12 months prior to the start of the semester are eligible for a four credit-hour waiver. (Note: There are no tuition waiver benefits for dependents of part-time employees.)
  • Employee recognition programs and opportunities to engage in university programs and activities
About Kent State University
  • A comprehensive graduate and undergraduate university;
  • The second largest university in Ohio, with an enrollment of more than 41,000 students on its eight campuses;
  • Ranks among the nation's 77 public research universities demonstrating a high level of research activity and among the top 76 colleges and universities in community engagement, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching;
  • Ranks as one of the top-tier Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report;
  • Generated $1.96 billion in added income to the Northeast Ohio economy;
  • Has more than 200,000 graduates worldwide.

Read more about Kent State University.


About the Region

The city of Kent is located in the heart of Northeast Ohio on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, 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

It 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, Kent is close 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

The city boasts a thriving intellectual and cultural community with art galleries, live music (including the renowned Kent State Folk Festival), historic sites, lectures, theater and poetry — on and off campus. A recent, major downtown revival brought new shops, restaurants, businesses, apartments and condos — plus the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.

Read more about Kent, Ohio:

Northeast Ohio is a powerful, dynamic region with more to offer than most people realize. You can find a lot to do in Cleveland, of course, but close by you'll also find an array of thriving cities and communities full of vitality, must-see destinations, world-class attractions and exciting business opportunities. The region is made up of 16 counties; the metro areas of Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown; more than four million people and 6,000+ square miles.