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Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences

 College of Communication and Information
 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Position Description: The School of Information Sciences in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s (UTK) College of Communication and Information (CCI), is seeking an Assistant Professor for a tenure-track, academic year position to start fall 2019. The successful candidate will conduct research and teach and advise students in our ALA-accredited master’s degree program, college-wide doctoral program, and our undergraduate program in Information Sciences. Teaching modes include face-to-face, synchronous online, asynchronous online, and hybrid. School, college, university, and professional service is also expected. 

Required Qualifications: PhD in information sciences, library science, or related area is required. Evidence of ability to develop a record of research productivity and teaching success. 

Desired Qualifications: Candidates with research and teaching interests in areas that complement any of the school’s areas of expertise will be considered, with applicants who have interest in one or more of the following areas especially welcome: social justice, information policy, data science, artificial intelligence in information systems, usability, or information retrieval. Candidates are also expected to have a record of research and scholarship, and experience or demonstrated ability in design and delivery of courses in a variety of formats.

The School: The School of Information Sciences enrolls approximately 250 students in its ALA-accredited master’s program and 50 students in its undergraduate program. The School is a member of the iSchools Consortium. It is the 17th ranked library and information science school by U.S. News and World Report. The School actively participates in the College-wide Ph.D. program. For more information about the School and the College, visit: and

The College: The College of Communication and Information includes strong programs in library and information sciences, advertising and publication relations, journalism and electronic media, and communication studies. The College’s Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) provides a wide array of support services for CCI faculty to pursue sponsored research. 

The University: The University of Tennessee is Tennessee’s land grant, flagship public university. UT enrolls approximately 29,000 students at its Knoxville campus.  UTK is Tennessee’s only public Carnegie RU/VH (Research Universities/Very High Research Activity) institution and is currently ranked 52nd among public research universities by U.S. News & World Report.

The Community: Knoxville is a vibrant city located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in east Tennessee. The city, population 187,000, is the third largest city in Tennessee. Knoxville, Knox County (population 450,000), and the surrounding region offers a variety of recreational opportunities and affordable cost-of-living. 

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at the University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity. 

To Apply: Individuals interested in applying for the position should send, via email, (1) a letter of application, (2) a statement of research interests, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy, (4) a current curriculum vitae, and (5) a list of three references to:, or send hard copies of these materials to: Faculty Search Committee, School of Information Sciences,  451 Communications Bldg., 1345 Circle Park Drive, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0341. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.