University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Job Title

Assistant Professor of Information, Library, & Research Sciences




Opening Date: 09/07/2023
Closing Date:  10/07/2023

Job Description

Candidates with a specialization in public librarianship or library administration are preferred. Other areas of interest will also be considered, including the following:

  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Community engagement with underserved populations
  • Social justice issues
  • Trauma-informed library services
  • Intellectual freedom
  • Emerging technologies and digital equity
  • Programming, partnerships, and outreach
  • Youth services or adult services
  • Other areas of focus related to public librarianship

Job Duties

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


Required Education and Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in library/information science, education, or related field, by start date of employment. Consideration will be given to candidates who have not yet earned their doctorate at the time of application, but who anticipate earning their doctorate in the near future.
  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association
  • Capacity to teach and mentor at the graduate level
  • A record of, or the potential for:
    • Active engagement with the theories and methodologies currently informing the study of librarianship
    • Developing a program of research and scholarship in their specialty area
    • Instructional expertise in the teaching of librarianship
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A commitment to research and scholarship that advances the needs of diverse communities within the profession, the state, and the campus of UNC Greensboro
  • A record of work and leadership experience in public libraries or in related community based public institutions
  • Experience and expertise in communicative soft skills, with a people-first approach to the teaching and research of public librarianship
  • A working knowledge of issues related to library administration in the context of local government

Supplemental Information

More Information:

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

Department of Information, Library, & Research Sciences (ILRS):

The Department of Information, Library, & Research Sciences (ILRS) offers Bachelors, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees at the intersecting areas of information, library, and research & evaluation sciences, including a Master’s of Library &Information Science degree accredited by the American Library Association. According to the 2021 U.S. News & World Report, the MLIS program is ranked #2 in North Carolina and #22 across the United States.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

We offer a fully online, synchronous Master of Library & Information Science degree, as well as a variety of in-person and hybrid programs.

More about the University of North Carolina at Greensboro:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action:

UNCG is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please email us at [email protected]. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If the highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified prior to the start date. UNCG participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

How to Apply

All applicants must complete an online application to include:

  • A letter of application, including statements that articulate the candidate’s teaching philosophy, research agenda, and service and community engagement philosophies and mission
  • Current vitae
  • List of three references (including name, phone number, and email)
Applications will begin being reviewed on September 22, and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. References will be solicited for letters of recommendation once a candidate is selected for an interview.