University of Alabama

Job Title

Assistant Professor, Information Science - SLIS


School of Library & Information Studies


Opening Date: 11/02/2022
Closing Date:  01/20/2023

Job Description

The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) seeks a faculty member for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor to begin August 16, 2023.

Appointments to the faculty of The University of Alabama are based on the personnel requirements of the University’s academic programs and on the goal of achieving and maintaining excellence in its teaching, research, and service/academic citizenship activities..

Job Duties

We seek a faculty colleague to contribute to an active community of researchers, artists, and educators. The ideal candidate will have a research agenda focused on information science broadly defined to include technology and human aspects of systems.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited, to:
  • Social Informatics
  • User experience design (UX/UI)/Human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • Human-Centered Data Science
  • Machine learning, human-AI interaction, Responsible AI
The successful candidate will have an opportunity to help shape the character and direction of the School as it embarks on development of an undergraduate informatics initiative. All faculty members work with diverse constituencies, contribute to our social justice-driven curriculum, and maintain a rigorous research agenda. Participation in interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement initiatives are strongly encouraged.


  • Earned doctorate or nearing completion in information science or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to design, conduct, and publish rigorous research
  • Evidence of an emerging research agenda
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and teaching excellence
  • Commitment to professional service

Supplemental Information

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.

How to Apply

To apply, go to to complete an online application and provide:

  • A cover letter (1-2 pages) detailing interest in and suitability for the position;
  • Statement of research philosophy;
  • One article-length scholarly writing sample;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations; peer observations of teaching);
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Contact information for three professional references.
Applicants are also encouraged to describe their unique approaches to IDEA through presentation of their submission materials using one of the following prompts:
  • How do you see IDEA operationalizing in organizations and/or in the classroom? How would you respond to the gaps that frequently emerge between organizational statements supporting IDEA and the reality that people in those organizations continue to experience inequities nonetheless?
  • Share about any training around IDEA that you might have found valuable in your workplace and/or life experiences.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries about the positions may be sent to Dr. Laurie J. Bonnici, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected].