Kent State's School of Information (iSchool) Seeks Goodyear Professor in Knowledge Management

The Kent State University (KSU) School of Information (the iSchool), nationally ranked in the Top 20 by U.S. News and World Report, seeks a senior level colleague for appointment as distinguished Goodyear Professor in Knowledge Management. The appointment is endowed by generous support from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The position reports to the director of our collegial, dynamic and growing school, which is part of the larger College of Communication and Information (CCI). CCI is unique in that it includes schools in communication studies, digital sciences, information, journalism and mass communication, and visual communication design. The iSchool offers four master’s degrees in health informatics, knowledge management, library and information science, and user experience design, as well as various related certificate programs. The iSchool also offers courses in a data science concentration in the School of Digital Sciences. iSchool programs are offered primarily online and attract students from across the U.S. and internationally.

The Goodyear Professorship offers the opportunity to combine the strengths of an established program with vision for the development of new leaders in professional practice. The ideal candidate will bring a sustained track record of scholarship, collaboration, and funding in the knowledge management area of information science. We define knowledge management broadly. We seek a colleague who complements our current strengths in library and information science, digital sciences, health informatics, information interaction, knowledge organization systems, and usability design. We are particularly interested in candidates who seek to build bridges between the academy and professional practice in industry, government, and other institutions.

The Goodyear Professor may have a primary focus in research or program development, or in both areas. In the research area, priorities include research grant writing; active collaboration across synergistic research areas within KSU and with industry; and enrichment of the CCI interdisciplinary PhD program in communication and information. In the program development area, priorities include grant writing; student-focused industry partnerships; attracting top students; and program initiatives with allied units across the iSchool, CCI, and the larger university.

Kent State provides outstanding support in both areas through our Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office for Online and Continuing Education, and across CCI and the iSchool. iSchool facilities include labs for digital preservation, interaction and usability studies, museum studies, and The Reinberger Children’s Library Center, as well as offices in the State Library of Ohio in Columbus.

Qualifications for the position include: an earned Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to the information sciences; a sustained track record of substantial grant and/or contract funding for research and/or program development; and a teaching and research record commensurate with an appointment as full Professor with tenure. Highly exceptional candidates with equivalent experience but without the terminal degree or senior rank may also be considered.

Salary is competitive and benefits are excellent. School faculty are expected to engage in research, teaching, and service. The position is located in Kent Ohio with a starting date in August 2018.  Review of applications will begin December 15, 2017 and will run through January 15, 2018.

Applications will be accepted starting December 1, 2017 at Inquiries about the position should be sent to:

Catherine Smith and Yin Zhang, Co-chairs, Search Committee
School of Information
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
Phone: (330) 672-2116
Fax: (330) 672-7965
Email: or

Kent State University supports equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity in education and employment.  We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

More information about the Kent State iSchool can be found on the iSchool website.

POSTED: Sunday, November 19, 2017 08:40 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM