University of South Carolina

Job Title

Assistant Professor - Public Library Position


School of Information Science


Opening Date: 12/01/2021
Closing Date:  01/15/2022

Job Description

The School of Information Science (iSchool) at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant level to begin fall 2022.

Applicants must hold an earned doctoral degree in library and information science or a closely related field by the start date of employment; however, advanced ABDs may be considered with a set date of defense.

Applicants must demonstrate a record of, or the potential for:

  1. active engagement with the theories and methodologies currently informing the study of public libraries and librarianship;
  2. contributing instructional expertise to the school’s MLIS program; the Ph.D. program; and/or the information science undergraduate major and minor;
  3. mentoring graduate students; and
  4. developing a program of research and scholarship in their specialty area.
The School is particularly interested in a candidate with a specialization in Public Librarianship and one or more of the following:
  • Youth Services and programming
  • Adult services and programming
  • Community outreach and library services to underserved populations
  • Social justice issues
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Emerging technologies
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Collection development and management.

Applications received by January 15, 2022, will be given full consideration and the position will remain open until filled.

Job Duties

  • Participate in instruction, research, publication, grant writing, and other scholarly activities
  • Teach in both face-to-face and online environments primarily at the graduate level, with opportunities to teach in the undergraduate program as well
  • Mentor and advise graduate and undergraduate students
  • Provide service to the department, college, university, profession, and community.


  • Earned doctorate in library and information studies or related field
  • Capacity to teach in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs
  • Ability to conduct scholarly research in the field
  • Capacity to teach and mentor at the graduate level
  • Knowledge in creating educational materials for face-to-face and online instruction 

Supplementation Information

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience at the collegiate level
  • Teaching experience in an online or distance education environment
  • Professional experience in public libraries
  • Active involvement in one or more professional organizations appropriate to area of expertise
  • Experience in procuring grants or external funding
  • Experience working with doctoral programs

How to Apply

Apply online at

 Application materials requested include:
  • A letter of application that addresses teaching philosophy, research agenda, service mission, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Current vitae
  • List of three references (including name, phone number, and email)

For further information or questions about this position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jenna Spiering ([email protected])

This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.


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