Emporia State University

Job Title

Assistant Professor 


School of Library and Information Management


Opening Date: 12/07/2022
Closing Date:  03/01/2023

Job Description

Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management (SLIM, seeks two new tenure-track faculty members at the assistant professor rank who complement the strengths of our existing faculty and share our mission to educate successful library and information science professionals with imagination, creativity, and innovation.

We especially invite candidates who demonstrate a commitment to:

  • Teach and conduct research in one of the following areas (although all research and teaching specializations will be considered): archives, reference services and information seeking behavior, youth services, and organization of information.
  • Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), including accessibility and open access, social justice, and service to BIPOC populations, into their teaching, research, and service.
  • Thrive in an atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality.


New PhD graduates are encouraged to apply.. 


Job Duties

All SLIM faculty are expected to be able to teach in a range of required courses such as LI801 Foundations of Library and Information Science, LI802 Information Seeking Behavior and Reference Services, LI804 Organization of Information, LI805 Management and Information Organizations, LI810 Research in Library and Information Science, LI855 Collection Development and Management, technology requirement courses, LI809 Introduction to Archives Studies, and courses relating to their own areas of expertise.

Teaching assignments are part of faculty members’ 9-month contract and usually include teaching nine credit hours in the fall semester and nine credit hours in the spring semester (i.e., a 3/3 teaching load). Opportunities exist for teaching additional elective courses in summer.

All SLIM faculty are expected to have or develop a clearly articulated research agenda.

All SLIM faculty are expected to participate in service to the school, the university, and the profession. Faculty responsibilities are generally estimated at 50% teaching, 25% research, and 25% service.


  • A doctorate in library/information studies or a related discipline is required. (ABD with an anticipated summer 2023 or earlier graduation date is also acceptable.)
  • Recent teaching and/or research expertise in at least one of the SLIM core curriculum areas is preferred.
  • Experience teaching with a course management program, such as Canvas, is preferred.
  • Experience working in libraries or in archives is preferred.

Supplemental Information

Emporia, population 25,000, is located in the beautiful Flint Hills area of Kansas. The founding city of Veterans Day, Emporia combines the attributes of small-town living with easy access to several major metropolitan areas and airports: Topeka (60 miles), Lawrence (80 miles), Wichita (90 miles), and Kansas City (115 miles.). Emporia is host to the Unbound Gravel bike race and is a major center of disc golf hosting the Dynamic Discs Open.

Affordable real estate, low cost of living, a high-quality K-12 school district, low crime rate, numerous lakes and recreational facilities, and cultural events associated with ESU and the surrounding communities contribute to an attractive lifestyle.

The salary for this position is $58,000 per year, with the option of earning additional income by teaching summer courses.

How to Apply

Submit electronic copies (in .pdf or MS Word formats) of the letter of application; current curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; research agenda; unofficial transcripts; and names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references to Dr. Emily Vardell, chair of the search committee, via the ESU Employment Application Portal.

Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled.


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