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Assistant Professors (2), Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX

Texas Woman's University School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level. With significant enrollment growth in recent years, the school has received support from the university for additional faculty lines to enhance and enrich the quality of our graduate programs and student learning experiences. The positions are expected to begin as early as Spring 2020.

 

SLIS offers six degree and certificate programs in Library and Information Science (LIS), including the School Librarian Certification with the state of Texas.  We offer (a) MLS and MA degree programs in Library Science; (b) a dual MLS/MS degree program in collaboration with Department Health Studies; (c) a certificate program in Evidence-Based Health Science Librarianship, and (d) a certificate program in School Librarianship in full compliance with Texas Education Agency standards for school librarians.

 

We are searching for new faculty members who, while likely specializing in some aspects of LIS, are committed to the concept of LIS discipline as a whole and are willing, able, and qualified to teach in more than one area of specialty in LIS.  The school is interested in growing strategically by adding faculty members who are true collaborators. These new faculty members will support our student learning and will embrace technology and an evidence-based, data-driven approach to instruction, program evaluation, and decision making.

 

Qualified applicants will have the following:

  • A Ph.D. in LIS, or a closely related field (ABD will be considered).
  • For the position in school librarianship area: A current school librarian certification, and at least three years of professional experience in a school library setting.
  • An emerging line of research that relates to the applicant's teaching and service.
  • Evidence of collaborative teaching and service experiences.
  • Appreciation for a spirited, dynamic department where faculty voices matter and where working together to meet all of the responsibilities inherent in student success is both critical and expected.
  • A commitment to excellence in graduate education and support for student research.
  • Willingness to mentor, support, and serve as professional role models for our students.
  • Potential for excellence in university teaching.

 

Position responsibilities include: 

  • Teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses.
  • Advising and mentoring graduate students.
  • Engagement in research and scholarship in line with the applicant's research agenda
  • Engagement in the school's curriculum development.
  • Relevant and consistent service to the school, college, university, and community.
  • Commitment to serving a diverse body of students.
  • Maintaining weekly office hours at work on Denton campus.

 

How to Apply 

Please send an email to facultyjobs@twu.edu and include the job title and job codes (IRC 24057 and IRC 29279) in the subject line. Attach (a) a cover letter of application addressing the qualifications and desired attributes; (b) the current curriculum vitae; (c) the unofficial copy of degree transcripts; and (d) the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on October 1 and will continue until the positions are filled.

 

If you have additional questions, please email Dr. Ling Jeng, SLIS Director, at LJeng@twu.edu.

 

University Information 

Texas Woman's University occupies a notable position in higher education as the nation's largest university primarily for women. Established in 1901, TWU is a doctoral-level, research-intensive public university emphasizing the liberal arts and sciences as well as specialized and professional studies in business, nursing, health sciences, and education. Men have been admitted to the University's graduate programs since 1972 and undergraduate programs since 1994 and currently comprise approximately 10% of the university's nearly 16,000 students.

 

TWU operates three campuses: Houston, Dallas, and the main campus in Denton (population 115,000), located 40 miles north of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The DFW metroplex, the nation's fourth largest urban center, has world-class museums, orchestras, opera, ballet, theatre companies, as well as an array of professional and collegiate sports venues. Additional information about the University is available at http://www.twu.edu.

 

TWU prides itself on providing students with a well-rounded educational experience focused on service, integrity, and health and well-being. Hallmarks of a TWU education include respect for diversity in all dimensions (TWU is currently ranked 6th in the nation for diversity) and a safe campus environment (TWU is among the safest campuses in the nation). TWU faculty and staff are passionate defenders of a "learn by doing" experiential learning environment where they provide students with opportunities to engage in campus, workplace, and community activities that can help shape their sense of purpose, their appreciation for the importance of building quality personal and professional relationships, and their ability to address life's challenges. This holistic, mentoring approach to developing students and future librarians as engaged, productive citizens in the complex world of the 21st Century encompasses understanding of the balance of health, spiritual and mental well-being.

 

TWU strives to provide an educational environment that affirms the rights and dignity of each individual, fosters diversity, and encourages a respect for the differences among persons. Discrimination or harassment of any kind is considered inappropriate.

 

TWU is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran's status, genetic information, or against qualified disabled persons.

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