Director, MSLIS Program and Associate Professor, Archival Studies-- Texas Tech University

Post date: Mar 21, 2019

Texas Tech University is seeking applications and nominations for a Director, MSLIS Program and Associate Professor, Archival Studies.

Texas Tech University, a comprehensive research (R1) university, will begin offering a Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) in the fall of 2019 and is seeking its inaugural Director of the Program and Associate Professor, Library Science with a concentration in Archival Studies.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This full-time 9-month tenure-track position will have the key leadership role as the inaugural Director of a new MSLIS program. As an eagerly anticipated and well-supported initiative, the Director will have the opportunity to work closely with the Dean of Libraries to develop a unique program building on Texas Tech’s strengths as a university and ARL Library. In addition, the Director will be empowered to continue their own research agenda as they will create and direct the curriculum for archives management and preservation courses, including but not limited to archives processing, collection acumen, curation technologies and methods (all formats), digital representation and interpretation of archival content and collections and provenance of data or archival records integrity. The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program that will enhance strengths in the field, teach and mentor graduate students, 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 as a teacher, 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 capacity and understanding of archives knowledge, language, processing and skills required to develop curriculum for and teach at the Master’s level.
      • Have demonstrated outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, working in teams, and ability to work across organizational units to achieve goals.
      • Experience with accreditation.
      • Experience advising and mentoring at the graduate level.
      • Active involvement in one or more professional organizations appropriate to area of expertise.
      • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service.
      • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in serving a diverse population.
      • Demonstrated capacity to successfully obtain outside funding and form collaborative partnerships.
      • Commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.

The program is a 36-hour, 100% online and face-to-face Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Science 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. The awarding of tenure/tenure credit also will depend on the record and experience of the appointed individual.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Texas Tech University ( 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, and other memberships. The University Library ( 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: 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.