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Digital Youth Scholar, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks an innovative scholar in the area of digital youth for an open rank, tenured/tenure track faculty position. SLIS is expanding its strengths in digital youth scholarship through innovative teaching, research, and service.


Digital youth scholarship is an interdisciplinary area that investigates how contemporary children and young adults--who were born into and have grown up in this technology-rich society--learn, think, play, socialize, and engage in communities and the civic society.


Digital youth scholars possess knowledge and skills related to: child and youth developmental characteristics; digital media and technologies; learning and community engagement through libraries, archives, and museums; and understanding the critical role of data and information in youth lives and society in the digital age. This knowledge and these skills make them uniquely qualified to critically examine the complex nature of digital youth and their engagement with technology in all aspects of their lives.



The successful applicant for this position will join the OU SLIS faculty in the education of undergraduate, master's and doctoral students in various capacities including teaching courses, supervising independent courses, advising, and serving on students' committees. The teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester. A successful candidate for this position will be able to teach required master's courses and develop new courses on digital literacy and ethics for youth. The new hire will also advise master's and Ph.D. students in the areas of digital youth, youth services, and public and school librarianship.


The faculty member will conduct scholarly research resulting in publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, edited books, books, and conference papers. Seeking opportunities for internal and external funding is also expected. Additionally, the candidate will be committed to engagement in service to the profession and in the shared governance within the university.


The position is based on the Norman campus and will begin August 16, 2020. The salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Oklahoma offers an excellent benefits program. For further benefits information please access the Human Resources website at




Successful candidates will (depending on rank):

  • Have a record of research and scholarship with current publications and a passion for developing innovative and cross-cutting research, publishing, participating in scholarly conferences, and pursuing external grant funding

  • Work collaboratively with internal and external faculty on cross-disciplinary digital youth related projects

  • Show impact through external and internal grant funding, scholarly recognition through expected channels such as citations by other researchers as measured by bibliometrics/altmetrics, invited lectures and presentations, and through awards (best conference paper, association awards, etc.)


Teaching and Service

Successful candidates will be able to:

  • Teach required and elective children's and youth services courses for the SLIS undergraduate and graduate programs

  • Develop new digital youth courses to expand and strengthen the graduate programs

  • Help guide the continual improvement of current degree programs

  • Advise master's and Ph.D. students

  • Serve on department, college, and university committees

  • Be actively involved in local, national, and international scholarly/professional library and information science organizations

  • Have interest and experience in the design and delivery of courses in a variety of formats including on-campus, interactive video, online, and blended.



Required Qualifications

  • A completed doctorate in library and information science or related discipline.

  • An active and productive research program focused on digital youth related issues, commensurate to rank of candidate.

  • Knowledge of digital youth issues and research areas

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and skills essential to conducting research and teaching related to digital youth, including for example, child and youth developmental, digital media and technologies, digital literacy, and understanding the critical role of data and information in youth lives.

  • Evidence of excellence in teaching that engages students in digital youth and youth services in libraries and related topics, in both online and face to face environments, and using course management platforms.

  • Experience with collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and a record of extramural funding.

  • Leadership in research, instruction, and/or service.



The salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Oklahoma offers an excellent benefits program. For further information please access the Human Resources website at


Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted to and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae; list of names and contact information for three professional references; statement of research including how the candidate would contribute to the digital youth research agenda of SLIS; and teaching statement including the candidate's experience teaching digital youth courses and their ideas for developing digital youth courses in the SLIS program. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. June Abbas at


About the University of Oklahoma:

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-RU/VH public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. We embrace and encourage creativity and innovation in Oklahoma and beyond. We serve educational, cultural, economic and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and Tulsa Schusterman Center.  We have outstanding faculty with scholarly endeavors to improve the quality of life and health for Oklahomans, create startup companies and high-technology jobs, provide unique educational and clinical training experiences for students, and help us better understand and enjoy the world in which we live.


OU enrolls over 30,000 students and have more than 2,700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. OU has enrolled more National Merit Scholars last year than any other institution, public or private. OU also has a Research Campus that was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.


In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars, with 311 scholars and now boasts a 92% student retention rate. The University is home to the History of Science Collection, the Western History Collection, and renowned natural history and art museums. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No. I research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.


About Norman, OK

The University of Oklahoma's beautiful, bustling campus is nestled in the heart of Norman, the state's third largest city, located just south of Oklahoma City. Norman combines the charm of a college town, the sophistication of a cosmopolitan city and the history and culture of the American West. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the "Best Places to Live" rankings. With a cost of living close to 15 percent less than the national average, Norman is a very affordable city. In fall 2014, Time ranked Norman the "least expensive city to raise children." For more information visit: and


The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.


The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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