University of the Fraser Valley

Job Title

Assistant Professor, Department of Information Studies


Department of information Studies


Opening Date: 04/08/2024
Closing Date:  04/30/2024

Job Description

The Department of Information Studies (DIS) invites applications for one (1) full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The date of appointment is August 1, 2024.

Located within the new Faculty of Education, Community, and Human Development, DIS offers the Library and Information Technology Diploma in both online and on-campus formats as well as the Library Technician Post-diploma Certificate.

We seek collegial applicants who demonstrate our shared passion for, and commitment to, excellence in undergraduate teaching in a student-centered environment; who successfully integrate both current technologies and their scholarship into teaching; and who are experienced in the delivery of high-quality service in communities of practice, especially public, academic, and/or K-12 school libraries.

We are particularly interested in applicants who have expertise in technical services (i.e., metadata and cataloguing) and/or public services (i.e., programming and outreach; children and teen services). The successful candidate will teach a range of subjects across the Department’s programs, including foundational and elective courses, and will contribute to curriculum and program development and improvement. The candidate will be required to teach face-to-face on the Abbotsford campus and online (i.e., both hybrid and asynchronous delivery).

Applicants must be committed to scholarship that supports applied and experiential learning at a primarily undergraduate, regional, teaching university. They are also expected to commit to ongoing professional development related to their teaching, scholarship, and service, especially as these inform undergraduate library education.


The minimum requirements are a Master of Library & Information Studies (MLIS) from an American Library Association-accredited program and five years of full-time, professional experience. Strong preference will be given to those who have completed – or reached candidacy in – a PhD in LIS or a related field. Applicants without the minimum qualifications will not be considered.

Applicants must have relevant, demonstrable expertise in one or more areas of DIS curricula. Previous instructional experience in a postsecondary setting, either in-person or online, is a definite asset. Candidates who have experience working within Indigenous contexts and/or sincere, demonstrable interest in contributing to the Indigenization of curricula are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience with the Blackboard course management system is a definite asset.

Applicants should submit the below through the online application portal:

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • Recent teaching evaluations
  • The names and contact details of three referees

Supplemental Information

The University of the Fraser Valley is located on the traditional territory of the Halq'eméylem-speaking peoples. We express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in Stó:lō Tém:éxw (Stó:lō Land; Stó:lō World). In all that we do, UFV strives to support and honour the Stó:lō peoples goals of self-determination and well-being on these lands. A commitment to Indigenization and Reconciliation is core to our institutional Vision and Integrated Strategic Plan: IYAQAWTXW — which means House of Transformation. This commitment includes the goal of centering Indigenous ways of knowing throughout our organization, recognizing our responsibilities to community, and a multi-year plan to increase the number of Indigenous faculty, staff, and administrators working at UFV.

UFV has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC's top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.

Indigenization, equity, and diversity are essential to our work as a university. A diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented and marginalized. At UFV, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we proudly serve. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, members of groups that experience discrimination due to race, colour, place of origin, ancestry, and/or religion, persons who identify as women and 2SLGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities. We invite applicants to complete a confidential self-identification survey as part of the application process.

All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. Information will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the recruitment process, and results are not shared with the selection committee. Inquiries about the survey may be directed to [email protected]. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment. Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/ or a verification of their education credentials. UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following through the online application portal: A cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, recent teaching evaluations, and the names and contact details of three referees.

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