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Non-Tenure Renewable Contract (NTRC) Assistant Professor in Archival Studies


The University of Alabama, School of Library and Information Studies, College of Communication and Information Sciences


Application Deadline: January 15, 2023.


The University of Alabama College of Communication & Information Sciences - School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) seeks a student-focused faculty member for a full-time, non-tenure-track renewable contract (NTRC) assistant professor in archival studies to begin August 16, 2023. Appointments to the faculty of The University of Alabama are based on the personnel requirements of the University’s academic programs and on the goal of achieving and maintaining excellence in its teaching, research, and service/academic citizenship activities.


Position Summary & Responsibilities:

  • Teaching three graduate courses per semester with the option to teach during the summer. Instructional modes include web-based synchronous distance education and face-to-face. Typically, at least two courses will be taught in the online mode each semester. The third course will be offered in a modality that meets LIS programmatic needs.

  • Teaching LIS courses in the core archival studies curriculum: introduction to archival studies, intellectual foundations of archival theory and practice, archival appraisal, and archival representation. Option to teach in other areas of the LIS curriculum and to develop new courses to meet LIS programmatic needs.

  • Expertise in community archives, preservation, special collections, and media collections is of particular interest; however, all candidates with interest and experience in archival theory and practice are encouraged to apply.

  • Assisting with the administration of the SLIS EBSCO Scholars Program and related outreach initiatives: https://slis.ua.edu/curriculum/mlis-areas-of-emphasis/ebsco-scholarships/

  • Advising graduate students (master’s level).

  • Participating in professional service and engagement to SLIS, the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the University of Alabama, and local/regional/national professional associations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Library and Information Science or cognate area from a regionally accredited university prior to the appointment date.

  • Experience teaching diverse populations and a commitment to working with nontraditional students.

  • At least 3 years of teaching experience in the topical areas covered by the MLIS archival studies core: introduction to archival studies, intellectual foundations of archival theory and practice, archival appraisal, and archival representation.

  • Evidence of successful synchronous teaching of online courses.

The College of Communication and Information Sciences is home to state-of-the-art media and research facilities like the Digital Media Center and the Institute for Communication and Information Research. The College's students and programs have won several regional and national awards in multiple areas ranging from forensics and debate to being named PRWeek's Most Outstanding Education Program. The College offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, communication studies, creative media, news media and public relations; master’s degrees in advertising and public relations, book arts, communication studies, journalism and creative media, and library and information studies; and a multidisciplinary doctoral degree in communication and information sciences. With an award-winning faculty and staff and commitment to innovative scholarship and teaching, the College of Communication and Information Sciences is dedicated to realizing the potential of communication and information to make everyone’s world a better place. The School of Library and Information Studies is part of the College of Communication and Information Sciences, and offers an ALA-accredited Master’s program, an MFA program in the book arts and doctoral courses that contribute to a multidisciplinary doctorate in Communication and Information Sciences.


Review of applications will begin on the closing date of 01/15/23. Questions regarding the search should be directed to the search chair, Dr. Robert B. Riter.


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