Simmons University

Job Title

Two Tenure-track Faculty Positions at Simmons School of Library and Information Science


Library and Information Science Department


Opening Date: 07/19/2023
Closing Date:  11/15/2023

Job Description

Simmons University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) seeks outstanding scholars and teachers to fill two tenure-track faculty positions to start in Spring or Fall 2024. Simmons SLIS prepares students for inspired service, advocacy, and leadership in library and information science, archives, school libraries, and children’s services. Simmons SLIS is dedicated to hiring diverse faculty members who will join a community committed to developing principles of equity, inclusion, and social justice in our students and to fully prepare our graduates to work effectively in the global environment. We value candidates who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to our community in order to enhance diversity through their research, teaching, and service. Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons University is a small, private, non-sectarian university that has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Today, Simmons serves nearly 2,000 students in a women-centered undergraduate program and nearly 5,000 students in coeducational graduate programs. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse, mission-driven community of educators and professionals. The School of Library and Information Science is one of the oldest programs at Simmons University, having opened in 1902. Today, the MS in Library and Information Science has over 700 students on two campuses and online, and additional students in our PhD program. The MS degree program is a top-ranked program in U.S. News & World Reports. Graduates of our program hail from every state in the United States and over 80 countries.

Job Duties

Applicants should be able to teach in one or more of our core concentration areas and we are particularly seeking applications from candidates with teaching and/or research interests in one or more of the following areas:*ICTs (including Programming, Database Management, User Experience and Human Computer Interaction, AI, Immersive Technologies)*Library Management and Leadership*Public Libraries, Community Engagement, and Services to Historically Marginalized and Underserved Communities *Data Management, Analytics, Information Visualization, and/or Data Interoperability*Information Organization (including descriptive cataloging, indexing, KOS construction and design, linked data technologies)Candidates will be expected to teach, conduct research, contribute to curriculum development, and provide service to the School, the University, and the information professions. Experience in designing and delivering online courses in an asynchronous environment is highly desirable, as is the availability to teach in our face-to-face program. Opportunities to teach include master’s and doctoral level courses and face-to-face in Boston and at the SLIS West program at the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, Massachusetts.


The successful candidates will join a faculty with a strong commitment to students’ success and with diverse research interests. The SLIS vision “imagines an interconnected world with a diverse and engaged citizenry empowered by information, cultural heritage, and technology; in which the information disciplines and creativity improve lives; and where literature, knowledge, and collective wisdom are preserved and celebrated.”

Requirements: Applicants must hold or expect to complete a doctoral degree in library and information science, information studies, or an appropriately related field, ideally by December 15, 2023. We seek colleagues who can demonstrate excellence in teaching, have a viable research agenda, and show the potential for leadership in scholarship and professional service. All qualified candidates are invited to apply.

How to Apply

For further information, please email Laura Saunders [email protected]. You can also reach out to SLIS faculty members who will be attending the ALISE 2023 in Milwaukee, WI and ASIST 2023 in London.