Assistant Professor - Technology & Libraries-- Texas Tech University
Post date: Mar 15, 2019
POSITION DESCRIPTION: This new full-time 9-month tenure-track faculty position will be part of a highly anticipated and well-supported new Master of Science in Library and Information Sciences (MSLIS) Program and will focus on libraries and their roles in data science, information management, information organization, information behavior and related activities. The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program that will enhance strengths in information management; mentor and advise graduate students; assist with the development of curriculum in the technology tract of the MSLIS program; teach in one or more of the following areas: data mining and big data databases, visualization, programming (Java Script and Python); web development, linked data and other semantic web languages and technologies (RDF, SPARQL, OWL, JSON, etc.); and participate in service/engagement. The anticipated appointment date is Fall 2019.
Doctorate in library and information studies or related field is required. Demonstrated record of effectiveness to teach in a master’s program; a record of peer reviewed publication and/or peer-reviewed creative activity which has contributed to the discipline or field of study, to the candidate's intellectual and artistic development, and to the quality of the academic enterprise; a record of professional service appropriate to the discipline; promise of growth in teaching and research or artistic and creative activity; demonstrated commitment to excellence in serving a diverse population; commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.
- Demonstrated capacity to teach in a Master’s program
- Capacity to advise and mentor at the graduate level
- Active involvement in one or more professional organizations appropriate to area of expertise
- Commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service
- Commitment to excellence in serving a diverse population
- Commitment to seeking grant support
- Commitment to continuous improvement and innovation
The Master of Science in Library and Information Science is a 36-hour, 100% online or face-to-face program which includes a three-hour practicum. The program centers on the following skill areas: (1) public services; (2) technical services; (3) information technology; and (4) success in the workplace. The Master’s in Library and Information Science is focused on equipping graduates of the program with the skills they need to work with diverse populations in an ever-evolving global information society. The program is scheduled to begin classes Fall 2019. Each course will include projects to practice competencies and incorporate knowledge obtained from readings, theoretical discussions and other coursework to provide the practical experience needed to ensure graduates are ready to contribute to the profession.
Texas Tech University’s Strategic Plan lays a foundation for the success of the Master of Science in Library and Information Sciences program. The three key elements are:
- Educate and empower a diverse student body
- Enable innovative research and creative activities
- Transform lives and communities through strategic outreach and engaged scholarship
The MSLIS program supports the University’s Strategic Plan as all three are included in the degree program structure and course development. The program outcomes reflect the University Strategic Plan’s initiatives. The program will be inclusive as it attracts a diverse student group who is committed and high-achieving. The research and creative activity opportunities offered in class as well as outside class will develop graduates who contribute to advancing knowledge. Outreach and engagement opportunities will be developed for students to work in the campus and local communities.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation is commensurate with the qualifications of the individual selected and is governed by budgetary guidelines and the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources Page.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Texas Tech University (http://www.ttu.edu/) is a state-supported institution with an enrollment of around 37,000. It offers a wide range of academic programs in colleges and schools, including graduate, law, and medicine. Texas Tech is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Greater Western Library Alliance, Texshare, SPARC. The University Library (http://library.ttu.edu/) has over 2.4 million volumes. Lubbock has a metropolitan population of over 250,000 and is the regional center for education, agriculture, health care, arts, banking, and business.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: To apply for this position, please visit the Texas Tech University Personnel site at: http://www.texastech.edu/careers/. Select Faculty. Please fill out the electronic application and attach a cover letter indicating qualifications and interest in the position, current vita, and names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will continue until position is filled.
Texas Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans, and we consider the needs of dual career couples. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University