University of Iowa

Job Title

Full-Time, Tenure-Track: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor


School of Library and Information Science


Opening Date: 08/08/2023
Closing Date:  10/13/2023

Job Description

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at the University of Iowa invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in digital cultural heritage, an area of research and practice that includes digital archives, digital preservation, and/or digital curation, to begin August 2024. The successful candidate will participate in instruction, research and publication, grant writing, and other scholarly activities supporting SLIS’s MA in Library and Information Science (LIS). Candidates with research and pedagogical expertise in one or more of the following specializations will be considered:
1) Born-digital preservation and data curation.
2) Critical approaches to metadata, digital accessibility, and digital sustainability.
3) Digital preservation infrastructures, tools, policies, and project management.
4) Digital curation and/or digital asset management.
5) Community archives and community-centered digital practices and preservation.
6) A/V and media preservation.
7) Digital humanities/digital history.
8) Digital cultural heritage collections, and/or digital collections as data.
9) Media archeology and the history of technology.
10) Copyright.
11) U/X and design in the archival or library context.

Job Duties

Major responsibilities include conducting an active program of research and building a scholarly research agenda in digital cultural heritage, designing and teaching in-person and/or online graduate courses in SLIS, and advising MA students. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to pursue and secure external funding; contribute to national and international scholarship; be involved with local, state, and national activities that support SLIS, and participate in service to the program, department, college, and university.


Successful candidates must have an earned doctorate in Library and Information Science or related discipline by the time of appointment. Successful candidates hold a record of scholarly productivity and publication or promise of scholarly productivity and publication record (commensurate with rank); a record of, or the potential for, securing internal and external funding, including fellowships, for research, training, and/or program development (commensurate with rank; a record of successful teaching experience in online, hybrid, and/or face-to-face instructional modalities (commensurate with rank); a record of designing and fostering inclusive educational experiences (commensurate with rank). Desired qualifications include: earned ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent. 1-3 years of professional experience in a library and/or information organization. Expertise in teaching technology to students from humanities disciplines. Evidence of excellent teaching skills in online, hybrid and/or face-to-face instructional modalities at the university level. Experience teaching, mentoring, and/or advising at the graduate level. Evidence of the ability to communicate and provide instruction in technical subject areas to humanities or non-STEM students. Ability to support growth and expansion of SLIS’s Special Collections Librarianship Certificate as demonstrated by instructional experience with rare or primary source materials.

Supplemental Information

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is a dynamic American Library Association-accredited program at a research-intensive university that values successful humanities research and a practice-oriented curriculum. Since 1967, SLIS has educated librarians, and our growing enrollments reflect that heritage and enduring priority. SLIS comprises eight core faculty members who are both scholars and practitioners, affiliated faculty in the University of Iowa Center for the Book, and adjunct faculty members from the University of Iowa Libraries and regional library community. Our program specializes in special collections and archives, book studies, digital humanities, and community engagement. The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909. UI ranks #33 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U. S. News & World Report). UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities. With more than 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds. Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding, affordable health care; excellent libraries and schools; historic neighborhoods; and a lively downtown. Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.

How to Apply

Please submit a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, statements of research and teaching and three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are required as part of the application process. Upon submission, references selected will be notified by e-mail with directions on how to electronically submit letters to the University of Iowa. Apply at: