University of Alabama

Job Title

Instructor/Assistant Professor, Renewable Contract: Scripting Languages/AI-ML


School of Library & Information Studies


Opening Date: 09/11/2023
Closing Date:  1/03/2024

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 instructor (requires master’s degree) or assistant professor (requires PhD) position in scripting languages/AI-ML to begin August 16, 2024. This teaching focused position is based on a 3-year renewable contract cycle with opportunities for promotion.

Job Duties

  • Teaching four courses per semester with the option to teach during the summer for additional compensation. The focus of this position is our developing BS in Informatics degree program (face-to- face instructional mode) with the possibility of also teaching courses in our online graduate Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) curriculum depending on SLIS programmatic needs. The successful candidate will develop and teach courses related to the technical aspects of information science in areas including programming and scripting languages (Python, R, SQL, C++, etc.) as well as developing courses that apply AI/ML methods to information problems. Option to teach in other areas of the LIS curriculum and to develop additional new courses to meet SLIS programmatic needs.
  • Advising and mentoring students primarily in the BS in Informatics program with some additional responsibilities for advising graduate students.
  • 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.


  • For instructor: Earned master’s in Library and Information Science or cognate area from a regionally accredited university prior to the appointment date. For assistant professor: Earned doctorate 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 (for instructor position) or 3 years of teaching experience at undergraduate and/or graduate level (for assistant professor)
  • Evidence of successful teaching.
  • Evidence of successful undergraduate course development in technology areas.
  • Demonstrated academic advising and student mentorship experience.
  • Involvement in relevant professional associations.

Supplemental Information

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
  • Health & Life Insurance.
  • TIAA-CREF available.
  • Teacher’s Retirement System of Alabama.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online at and submit the following required materials.

  • Letter of application that addresses the applicant’s teaching philosophy, instructional excellence, and excellence, and provides an outline of the types of courses that the applicant could teach.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Contact information (names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for at least three professional references.
Expected Starting Date: 08/16/2024
Special Instructions to Applicants: 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. Review of applications will begin October 1 and will continue until the position closes. Questions regarding the search should be directed to the search chair, Dr. Steven L. MacCall at [email protected].
The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is strongly committed to diversity, valuing candidates who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to our community. Women and individuals from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply at
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