University of Alabama

Job Title

Instructor, Non-Tenure Renewable Contract (NTRC) - SLIS


School of Library & Information Studies


Opening Date: 10/31/2022
Closing Date:  01/15/2023

Job Description

The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) seeks a student-focused faculty member for a full-time, non-tenure-track renewable contract (NTRC) instructor in archival studies to begin August 16, 2023.

Appointments to the faculty of The University of Alabama are based on the personnel requirements of the University’s academic programs and on the goal of achieving and maintaining excellence in its teaching, research, and service/academic citizenship activities

Job Duties

Position Summary & Responsibilities:
  • Teaching three graduate courses per semester with the option to teach during the summer. Instructional modes include web-based synchronous distance education and face-to-face. Typically, at least two courses will be taught in the online mode each semester. The third course will be offered in a modality that meets LIS programmatic needs.
  • Teaching LIS courses in the core archival studies curriculum: introduction to archival studies, intellectual foundations of archival theory and practice, archival appraisal, and archival representation.

Option to teach in other areas of the LIS curriculum and to develop new courses to meet LIS programmatic needs:

  • Expertise in community archives, preservation, special collections, and media collections is of particular interest; however, all candidates with interest and experience in archival theory and practice are encouraged to apply.
  • Assisting with the administration of the SLIS EBSCO Scholars Program and related outreach initiatives:
  • Advising graduate students (master’s level).
  • Participating in professional service and engagement to SLIS, the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the University of Alabama, and local/regional/national professional associations.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Earned master’s in Library and Information Science or cognate area from a regionally accredited university prior to the appointment date.
  • Experience teaching diverse populations and a commitment to working with nontraditional students.
  • At least 3 years of professional and/or teaching experience in the areas covered by the MLIS archival studies core: introduction to archival studies, intellectual foundations of archival theory and practice, archival appraisal, and archival representation.
  • Evidence of successful synchronous teaching of online graduate and/or professional development courses.

Supplemental Information

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases

How to Apply

To Apply: Please visit and then click on the College of Communication & Information Sciences job group in order to apply and submit the following required materials:

  • Letter of application that addresses the applicant’s teaching philosophy, instructional excellence, and outlines specific courses within the MLIS curriculum that the applicant could teach.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Contact information (names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for at least three professional references.

Please note that we have only one NTRC faculty position available at this time. Based on qualifications, we will be hiring for either the Instructor position or the Assistant Professor position.

The position expected start date is August 16, 2023. Review of applications will begin on the closing date of 01/15/23.

Questions regarding the search should be directed to the search chair, Dr. Robert B. Riter at [email protected]

Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” university transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework.