Louisiana State University

Job Title

Assistant Professor in Public Libraries


School of Information Studies


Opening Date: 09/20/2023
Closing Date:  12/29/2023

Job Description

The School of Information Studies (SIS) in the College of Human Sciences & Education at Louisiana State University (LSU) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor from candidates with a demonstrated potential for research and teaching in the area of public libraries. This is a nine-month academic appointment with an anticipated start date of August 2024. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Job Duties

  • Engage in scholarly research in the appropriate area leading to publication in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
  • Seek appropriate grant funding for such research.
  • Teach core courses for the MLIS and electives related to public libraries.
  • Advise and mentor students.
  • Actively assist with student recruitment.
  • Participate in service activities pertaining to the mission of the School, the College, and the University.
The School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and we encourage applications from members of underrepresented populations. Additionally, we seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or experience has prepared them to contribute to diversity and inclusion in higher education.



Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in LIS or related field and an MLIS or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in research and publication.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in teaching graduate level courses.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated success in acquiring research grants.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in teaching asynchronous online courses at the graduate level.
  • Preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching connects public libraries to one or more of the following areas, which align with LSU’s research priorities:
    • Food Security/Food Justice, Rural Library Support of Agricultural Programs/Communities
    • Consumer Health Librarianship, Community Health Information Services and Outreach
    • Information/Data Security and Privacy, Information Governance
    • Sustainable Practices for Libraries and Cultural Heritage Institutions.

Supplemental Information


LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more! More information at

The School and College:

The School of Information Studies is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE), which also includes the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan. The LSU School of Information Studies (SIS) is the home of the Master of Library and Information Science, which is the only program accredited by the American Library Association in the state of Louisiana. In addition to the online MLIS program, SIS offers entirely online graduate certificates in Archival Studies, Records & Information Management, and School Librarianship. SIS also offers an undergraduate minor in digital studies and several ILC courses. SIS is a member of the iSchools, a group of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and is part of the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their qualifications, a CV, and contact information for three references.

Confidential inquiries about this position may be sent to Dr. Tao Jin, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]

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