University of Central Missouri

Job Title

Assistant Professor of Library Science - Tenure Track


School of Professional Education and Leadership/College of Education


Opening Date: 09/17/2021
Closing Date:  11/01/2021

Job Description

The College of Education at the University of Central Missouri invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the area of library science.

The successful candidate must have earned a PhD in library and information science (ABD considered) and demonstrate evidence of effective teaching and scholarship with experience or expertise in academic, public, and/or school librarianship. The position carries teaching, research, and service responsibilities.

Job Duties

Courses are delivered online and program offerings include a Master of Science in library science, an Education Specialist Degree in library science, and Missouri school library certification. Opportunities for teaching in the summer with additional compensation are available. The library science program is housed in the College of Education and offers opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary research and publication. The program’s focus is to prepare leaders who promote the multiple literacies (print, media, technological, and scientific) that accompany 21st century librarianship.
This is an exciting time of growth for our program. Our program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians through 2028. As of July 2021, our program has been granted Precandidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Precandidacy status is an indication that the program has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Precandidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA. The successful candidate will be involved in working with program faculty to work towards this goal.


  • PhD in Library Science by August 2022.
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience and communication skills in Library Science.
  • Experience as an academic, public, or school librarian preferred.

Supplementation Information

Attention to detail, Communication skills, including oral, written, and/or nonverbal, Knowledge of a University environment preferred, Human Relations/Interpersonal skills, Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and meet deadlines, Maintain confidentiality.

NOTE: A background check is required for the selected candidate of this position and any job offer is contingent on the results of this check.

The University of Central Missouri is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We accept applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, gender, or abilities. Minorities, women, disabled, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Candidates must complete an online faculty profile found at and apply to position #998519.

Candidates should submit the following documentation:

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Research Statement
  • Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. This is completed within the faculty profile.

Three letters of recommendation and official undergraduate and graduate transcripts showing degree completions will be required if selected for an interview.

Initial screening of applications begins November 01, 2021 and continues until the position is filled.

For additional information or to ask questions about the position, please contact Dr. Rene Burress, chair of the search committee, at [email protected].


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