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Assistant Professors (2), Emporia State University, Emporia, KS

Emporia State University's School of Library and Information Management (SLIM, seeks two new tenure-track faculty members at the assistant professor rank who complements the strengths of our existing faculty and shares our mission to educate successful library and information science professionals with imagination, creativity and innovation.

We especially invite candidates who...

  • Share our vision of embracing an interdisciplinary culture of collaboration and diversity for the common good.

  • Demonstrate the ability to thrive in an atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality.

  • Teach and conduct research in one of the following areas (although all research and teaching specializations will be considered): management/leadership, archives, and youth services/school librarianship.



All SLIM faculty are expected to teach at least two courses in the core curriculum: LI801 Foundations of Library and Information Science, LI802 Information Seeking Behavior and Reference Services, LI804 Organization of Information, LI805 Management and Information Organizations, LI810 Research in Library and Information Science, and LI855 Collection Development and Management; and technology requirement courses: LI 815: Information Technology, LI 843: Web Design and Development, LI 844: Database Design.

Teaching assignments are part of faculty members' 9-month contract and usually include teaching nine credit hours in the fall semester and nine credit hours in the spring semester. Faculty do not usually travel out of state more than twice a semester. Opportunities exist for teaching online elective courses in summer.

All SLIM faculty are expected to have or develop a clearly articulated a research agenda.

All SLIM faculty are expected to participate in service to the school, the university, and the profession.



  • A doctorate in library/information studies or a related discipline is required. (ABD with an anticipated summer 2020 or earlier graduation date is also acceptable.)

  • Recent teaching and/or research expertise in at least one of the SLIM core curriculum areas is preferred.

  • Experience teaching with a course management program, such as Canvas, is preferred.

  • Experience working in libraries or in archives is preferred.


 To Apply

Submit electronic copies (in .pdf or MS Word formats) of a letter of application; current curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; research agenda; unofficial transcripts; and names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references to Dr. Brendan Fay, chair of the search committee, via email to

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. A pre-employment background check is required.

Emporia State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other factors which cannot be considered by law.


About ESU & SLIM

Emporia State University is a regional institution with an emphasis on teaching whose mission is "preparing students for lifelong learning, rewarding careers, and adaptive leadership." It houses the National Teachers Hall of Fame and the National Memorial to Fallen Educators.

The School of Library and Information Management is accredited by the American Library Association and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (School Library Licensure.) It is the oldest library school in the western half of the U.S. and offers students a unique blended course delivery model. The SLIM student chapter of the American Library Association, SCALA, earned recognition in 2017 as ALA Student Chapter of the year.

SLIM culture is based on a collegial, cooperative approach to developing and delivering the curriculum, conducting and disseminating research, and serving the school, university, and profession. Our vision is embracing an interdisciplinary culture of collaboration and diversity for the common good.

SLIM offers masters and doctoral degrees in library and information management. Classes are delivered in spring, summer, and fall semesters in blended and online formats to cohorts of students located in Denver, CO; Emporia, KS; Overland Park, KS; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; Las Vegas, NV; Boise, ID; and Sioux Falls, SD. Faculty are based in Emporia, KS and travel to teaching sites in these locations for intensive, face-to-face weekend classes. Faculty have opportunities to work with both masters and doctoral students, and to shape the evolution of our degree programs.

Regional Directors in all cohort locations provide professional student advising and assist faculty with technology and other forms of classroom support. All admissions, advising, curriculum, and classroom policies are governed by the faculty.


About Emporia

Emporia, population 25,000, is located in the beautiful Flint Hills area of Kansas. Emporia combines the attributes of small-town living with easy access to several major metropolitan areas and airports: Topeka (60 miles), Lawrence (80 miles), Wichita (90 miles), and Kansas City (115 miles.). Affordable real estate, low cost of living, a high-quality K-12 school district, low crime rate, numerous lakes and recreational facilities, and cultural events associated with ESU and the surrounding communities contribute to an attractive lifestyle.



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