The iSchool at University of Missouri

Job Title

Open-rank Tenure-Track/Tenure Faculty


College of Education and Human Development


Opening Date: 09/05/2023
Closing Date:  03/01/2024

Job Description

The School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT) – the iSchool at the University of Missouri – seeks to recruit an energetic, highly motivated scholar who will contribute to the research, teaching, and service of the school in the MLIS, PhD, and certificate programs, as well as growing undergraduate options. We seek a candidate whose work complements and builds from current faculty research strengths in Library and Information Sciences. The ideal candidate will bring a high potential for grant funding and publication in digital humanities and/or the study of information and document management, with additional skills in information visualization and in leveraging legal sources and data to solve real-world problems.

Job Duties

The successful candidate for this position will contribute to the department by:
  • Seeking and obtaining external funding particularly in digital humanities and/information and document management and control in areas such as law, medicine, and other corporate or government settings. The latter may include legal uses, policy, and governance of information as well as its presentation in special library settings and organizations.
  • Successful teaching of required and elective classes in our online, highly-ranked, ALA-Accredited MLIS program, including emphasis areas and certificate programs. Teaching in the Ph.D. or undergraduate programs as appropriate.
  • Maintaining a vibrant and collaborative research agenda to strengthen our position as a member of the iCaucus and as a member of the American Association of Universities.
  • Seeking leadership roles in the School, College, University, and in relevant professional societies and organizations.
  • Contributing to continuous improvement and accreditation efforts.


Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Established record of obtaining external funding
  • Ability to teach both foundational and a variety of elective courses in a curriculum aligned with American Library Association (ALA) accreditation Standards.
  • High caliber teaching in an online format
  • Professional experience in libraries, archives, digital humanities or other information organizations. Law, medicine or other domain-specific library experience welcomed.
  • Research and / or teaching background in information technologies or learning sciences.
  • Senior level applicants should provide evidence of leadership in research, instruction, and service.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential for seeking and obtaining external funding.
  • Record of research productivity and publication(s) in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated ability or potential for high-quality online teaching in areas pertaining to the ALA-accredited MLIS program, including our joint degrees with Law and Public Affairs.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate in information science or a closely related field at the time of appointment.

Supplemental Information

About the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies:

SISLT is one of six academic units within the College of Education & Human Development. SISLT ( offers the ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science, Master of Science and Education Specialist degrees in Learning Technologies and Design, a Ph.D. degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies, several graduate certificates, and a Bachelor of Educational Studies in Educational Game Design. SISLT faculty maintain active research programs across a spectrum of areas: librarianship and archives, scholarly publishing, metadata, information organization, digital libraries, information needs and uses, human-centered computing and user experience, learning analytics, designing games for learning, immersive technologies, and STEM education. The mission of SISLT is to improve the professional practice of information specialists and learning technologists; advance research on information, learning, and performance; disseminate knowledge, products, and services to improve the quality of life for all; and advance the economic well-being of Missouri and the Nation. As a member of the iSchools consortium (, SISLT faculty share the common fundamental interest in investigating and disseminating knowledge about the relationship between information, people, and technology. Our inclusion of online formats has increased the diversity of our student body, which brings exciting new opportunities for teaching and research, in addition to our research relationships with other academic units within the University of Missouri. SISLT includes several research and development labs that support our mission. The Digital Humanities Commons supports research, tools, and techniques across academic disciplines. The Digitization Station provides professional experiences digitizing analog content for worldwide access. The Information Experience Lab is a usability laboratory that conducts research on the usability, effectiveness and information behavior of websites and software for on-campus, statewide, and global clients. Adroit Studios ( designs, develops and researches cutting edge games for education. The TELL (Technology to Enhance Learning Lab; focuses on Virtual Reality in educational settings.

About the College:

The College of Education and Human Development is ranked among the top doctoral granting colleges of education in the country. Today, the College has a student population of approximately 1000 undergraduates and 1,600 graduate students, and over 100 faculty. The College is financially well positioned to invest in innovation. Annual expenditures for externally funded projects are approximately $20 million with funded projects in research, instruction and public service. Our research portfolio has increased significantly in recent years, and is poised for continued significant strategic growth. The College is a leader on the campus and is nationally recognized for its distance and online education programs.

Competitive and commensurate with experiences and qualifications.

Tenure-track, 9-month appointment beginning September 1, 2024

Benefit Eligibility:
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment:
We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
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Columbia Missouri Information:
Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

How to Apply

Apply at the University of Missouri HR System website.


  • Letter of application in which you describe the position you are applying for and detail your qualifications for the position
  • Research statement
  • 2 sample scholarly artifacts
  • Evidence of experiences in seeking or generating external funding
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (course syllabi, student evaluations, chair/advisor/peer reviews)•names and contact information for three references in the Attachments section of the application.
  • Your CV must be uploaded in the Resume/CV and Cover Letter section.
Please direct any questions to Dr. Sarah Buchanan ([email protected]), Chair of the Search Committee, 303 Townsend Hall, Columbia MO 65211.