University of Alabama

Job Title

Tenured Associate or Full Professor in Youth Services


School of Library & Information Studies


Opening Date: 09/11/2023
Closing Date:  11/01/2023

Job Description

The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) seeks a student-focused faculty member for a full-time position to begin January 1, 2024 or August 16, 2024 at the rank of associate or full professor with tenure. This position provides an exciting opportunity for an outstanding scholar (in LIS or allied field) with an interest in youth media (print and digital), youth librarianship/youth services, or curation of youth materials to further a research and teaching agenda that will have significant impact upon LIS education and practice, and advance the mission of UA SLIS, which has a strong graduate program in youth materials and services.

Job Duties

  • Maintain an established research agenda in the area of youth librarianship/youth services, emerging trends in children’s and young adult media, and/or curation of youth print and digital materials
  • Mentor and advise master's students as part of our ALA accredited Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree program
  • Attract, advise, and mentor doctoral students as part of the college-wide interdisciplinary PhD program
  • Teach two graduate courses per semester with the option to teach during the summer. Instructional modes typically include synchronous, online distance education.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships across campus, within the larger LIS profession, and in other academic disciplines
  • Take a leadership role in SLIS’s proposed Graduate Certificate in Youth Literature and Services
  • Engage in scholarly, educational, and community initiatives that promote youth literature and literacy across the University of Alabama and within the larger community, state, and region
  • Participate in professional organizations at the state, national, and international levels
  • All faculty members are expected to work with diverse constituencies, seek external grants/funding, and contribute to SLIS’s social justice-driven curriculum


Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Earned doctorate in Library and Information Science or related field •Research record and professional stature commensurate with the rank of associate or full professor with tenure
  • Research leadership and teaching expertise in the area of youth librarianship, emerging trends in children’s and young adult media, and/or curation of youth print and digital materials
  • Experience teaching diverse populations and a commitment to working with nontraditional students
  • Experience mentoring and advising graduate students •Experience overseeing graduate student research
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Evidence of professional service engagement at the national level in professional youth literature/literacy and/or LIS organizations
  • Evidence of successful grant funding
  • Evidence of academic administrative experience
  • Evidence of library experience working with youth print and digital media, and/or working in youth librarianship
  • Evidence of successful course development for online delivery
  • Evidence of experience planning exhibitions, symposiums, conferences, or other events promoting youth literacy or youth print/digital materials

Supplemental Information

Salary & Benefits:

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

How to Apply

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

  • A cover letter of application that addresses the applicant’s teaching philosophy, instructional excellence, outlines specific courses within the MLIS curriculum that the applicant could teach, and describes their research interests and trajectory
  • Two Sample Publications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information (names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for at least three professional references.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries about the position may be sent to Prof. Anna Embree, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected].

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.
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.
Background Investigation and EEO Statement:
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
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. Follow the link below to find out more.