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Assistant Professor (2 positions), School of Information Sciences, Spring or Fall 2022

School of Information Sciences
College of Communications & Information


Knoxville, TN


The School of Information Sciences in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s (UTK) College of Communication and Information (CCI), is seeking two Assistant Professors for 9-month, tenure-track positions to start in January or August 2022. The successful candidates will conduct research, 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.

SIS enrolls approximately 300 students in its Master of Science in Information Sciences (MSIS) distance education and on-campus programs, ranked 10th in the most recent U.S. News and World Report on American Library Association-accredited LIS graduate programs.  SIS also offers an undergraduate minor in information sciences, and recently launched the state’s first Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences degree. SIS is also an active participant in the CCI Ph.D. program.  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 School and College

The School of Information Sciences is part of the College of Communication and Information (CCI), along with three other schools: Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, and Journalism and Electronic Media. The School of Information Sciences is an iCaucus member of the iSchools Consortium.

The School of Information Sciences and the College of Communication and Information have a deep institutional commitment to diversity and strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. We favor candidates who can contribute to our distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility and the ethical implications of information and information systems.  The School’s and College’s Diversity and Inclusion Statements can be viewed at and

For more information about the School of Information Sciences and the College of Communication and Information, visit and .


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in information sciences or related area (applicants in the process of completing their Ph.D. may apply but the degree must be awarded on/by position start date)
  • Evidence of ability to develop a record of research productivity
  • Evidence of ability to instruct students at the graduate and/or undergraduate level
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff from a wide range of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds is essential.

Applications from individuals with research and/or teaching interests in one or more of the following areas are especially welcome (listed in alphabetical, not priority, order):

  • Archives, records management, and/or special collections
  • Assistive technologies and/or services
  • Digital and data curation
  • ICTs for development (ICT4D), social informatics, community informatics
  • Information retrieval
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Public and/or school libraries and librarianship
  • Research data management and/or data science
  • User-centered design, usability, and/or user experience (UX)

We are particularly interested in applicants who frame their research within the broad context of social justice and advocacy.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • A record of published scholarship as lead or solo author
  • Experience or demonstrated ability in design and delivery of courses in a face-to-face, synchronous, and asynchronous online, and/or hybrid formats
  • Experience teaching one or more courses as the instructor of record at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Experience in–or the potential for–building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service.

Application Instructions

Individuals interested in applying for the position should submit the following materials:

  1. a letter of application
  2. a statement of teaching philosophy
  3. a statement of research interests
  4. a diversity statement
  5. a current curriculum vitae, and
  6. a list of three references.

For questions, contact (subject line: Assistant Professor Faculty Position).

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This position will be available for the successful applicant to join the UTK SIS faculty in January 2022 or August 2022.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. 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, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.