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Clinical Assistant Professor (MSIS-focused)

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences
College of Communication and Information
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Position Description: MSIS


The School of Information Sciences in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s (UTK) College of Communication and Information (CCI), is seeking a non-tenure-track Clinical Assistant Professor in information sciences to join us in our quest to enrich, elevate and transform communities and the information professions through excellence in research, education and service. The initial appointment for the position will be up to a maximum of three years, with the possibility of renewal. This is a 12-month appointment and is available as soon as January 2020.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach and advise students in our ALA-accredited master’s degree program in information sciences, serve as director of the master’s program, and manage the master’s program practicum. School, college, university, and professional service are also expected.  Candidates with teaching interests in areas that complement any the school’s areas of expertise will be considered (see for more information). We especially welcome candidates with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations.


Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate by time of appointment in information sciences, library science or related area. Record of successful teaching and mentoring in an institution of higher education in areas related to the master’s degree program.  Experience or demonstrated ability in the design and delivery of courses in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, synchronous online, asynchronous online, and hybrid. Experience in–or the potential for–building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, life experiences, or service. Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students and staff from a wide range of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds is essential. Ability to build positive and mutually-beneficial relationships with professionals working in a variety of information sectors.

Desired Qualifications: Candidates with professional experience in information sciences-related careers, and who have connections to the information professions are especially welcome. Experience in program administration, development and evaluation are also desired.

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 a member of the iSchools Consortium and is the 17th ranked library and information science school by U.S. News and World Report.  It has both online and on-campus Master of Science in Information Sciences programs with approximately 280 students.  It also offers an undergraduate minor in information sciences, and recently launched the state’s first Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences degree.


The School of Information Sciences and the College of Communication and Information have a strong 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


The University: The University of Tennessee is the state of Tennessee’s flagship university and its only public Carnegie RU/VH (Research Universities/Very High Research Activity) institution. UT enrolls approximately 29,000 students at its Knoxville campus.  Demographically, 24% of all students identify as non-white, 24% identify as first-generation students and 29% are Pell grant eligible. As a land-grant university and as Volunteers, serving our state and nation are key to our mission. The University culture is guided by adherence to core values that define the Volunteer spirit which include: seeking knowledge; leading with innovation and integrity; advancing diversity and inclusion; engaging locally and globally; and embracing responsible stewardship of resources.


The Community: Knoxville, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, has a metropolitan statistical area population of over 850,000 people. This moderate-sized city has a vibrant nightlife that includes numerous theaters and museums, traditional bluegrass music, a symphony orchestra and an opera company, world-class restaurants, lots of cultural festivals and a downtown market square. Surrounded by lakes and the Tennessee River, the Knoxville area boasts wonderful year-round water activities, including boating, fishing, and swimming that make for scenic and breathtaking views of the area. Knoxville is also home to many leading corporations, including Pilot Flying J; Ruby Tuesday, Bush Brothers & Company, Discovery Inc.’s National Operating Center, Regal Cinemas, TVA, and Alcoa.


To Apply: Individuals interested in applying for the position should send, via email, (1) a letter of application, (2) a statement of teaching philosophy, (3) a diversity statement; (4) a current curriculum vitae, and (5) a list of three references to: (subject line:  MSIS Clinical Faculty Position), 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.


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. 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.