University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Job Title

Assistant Professor of Practice (School Librarianship, Non-Tenure-Track, 12-Month)


School of Information Sciences, College of Communication and Information


Opening Date: 06/26/2023
Closing Date:  07/31/2024

Job Description

The School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), seeks a full-time non-tenure-track Assistant Professor of Practice (School Librarianship) for a 12-month position to start in Fall 2023. 

SIS enrolls approximately 300 students in its Master of Science in Information Sciences (MSIS) distance education and on-campus programs, ranked 10th in the most recent U.S. News and World Report on American Library Association-accredited LIS graduate programs.  The School Library Media Program is ranked #11 among Public Institutions. SIS also offers several undergraduate programs in Information Sciences and the school is an active participant in the CCI Ph.D. program.  The College’s Research and Innovation Center (RIC) provides a wide array of support services for CCI faculty to pursue sponsored research.

Job Duties

 The successful candidate will oversee and coordinate all aspects of the school library program, as well as teach, and advise students in our ALA-accredited master’s degree program in Information Sciences. School, college, university, and professional service are also expected. Teaching modes include face-to-face, synchronous online, asynchronous online, and hybrid. School, college, university, and professional service are also expected.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ed.S., MSIS, MLIS, or equivalent advanced degree in library and information sciences, education, or a closely related area
  • Teaching, library media specialist, or administrative experience in K-12 settings or related environments
  • Evidence of ability to instruct students at the graduate and/or undergraduate level
  • Experience or demonstrated ability in the design and delivery of courses in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, synchronous online, asynchronous online, and hybrid
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and experience in–or the potential for building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, research or creative activity, life experiences, or service
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff from various disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds is essential

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Ed.D. or Ph.D. in library and information sciences, education, or a closely related area (applicants in the process of completing their Ed.D. or Ph.D. may apply)
  • Record of teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level
  • Knowledge of state, and university rules, regulations, and procedures for certification
  • Experience coordinating academic programs
  • A record of service and leadership in school librarianship and other professional organizations

Supplemental Information

The School & College:

The School of Information Sciences is part of the College of Communication and Information (CCI), along with three other schools: the Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Communication Studies, and the School of Journalism and Media. The School of Information Sciences is an iCaucus member of the iSchools Consortium.

 The University:

The University of Tennessee is Tennessee’s land grant, flagship public university, enrolling approximately 33,800 students at its Knoxville campus.  UTK is Tennessee’s only public Carnegie RU/VH (Research Universities/Very High Research Activity) institution and is currently ranked 46th among public universities by U.S. News & World Report. For more information about The University of Tennessee Knoxville, visit

The Community:

Knoxville is a vibrant city located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in East Tennessee. The city, population of 187,000, is the third-largest city in Tennessee. Over 850,000 people live in the Knoxville metropolitan area. This moderate-sized city has a vibrant nightlife with numerous theaters and museums, traditional bluegrass music, a symphony orchestra, an opera company, world-class restaurants, many cultural festivals, and a downtown market square. The Knoxville area boasts wonderful year-round outdoor activities, surrounded by lakes and the Tennessee River and within sight of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Knoxville is also home to leading corporations, including Pilot Flying J; Ruby Tuesday, Bush Brothers & Company, Discovery Inc.’s National Operating Center, Regal Cinemas, TVA, and Alcoa. For more information about Knoxville, Tennessee, visit

The School of Information Sciences and the College of Communication and Information have a deep institutional commitment to diversity and strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. We favor candidates who can contribute to our distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility and the ethical implications of technology, information, and systems.  The School’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement and the College’s diversity action plan can be viewed at and  

For more information about the School of Information Sciences 

How to Apply

Please visit the Interfolio page ( for the full position description and details on how to apply.