University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Job Title

Wilson Distinguished Professor


School of Information and Library Science


Opening Date: 07/24/2023
Closing Date:  08/22/2023

Job Description

Carolina at Chapel Hill (SILS) invites nominations and applications for the Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professorship, a tenured, full professor, appointment. Established through Dr. Wilson’s estate, this distinguished professorship continues a strong legacy of library and information theory and services. As UNC’s first librarian, and SILS founder and first dean, there have been few individuals who have left a bigger mark on the UNC campus, the state of North Carolina, and the information professions than Dr. Wilson. We seek a dynamic senior leader to join us in shaping the future of the library and information professions, library and archival practice, and the roles that information plays in the 21st century, the roles institutions will play in empowering marginalized voices, bringing communities together, and understanding the constantly changing impacts that memory and new knowledge have on our society.Our internationally renowned programs educate leaders who shape information policy and inspire junior scholars to new directions in research and practice. We seek a senior researcher and thought leader who will help the faculty define new research and curriculum directions, mentor junior faculty, and serve as a voice for ethical and human-centered approaches to data-driven information models and services. Our campus provides myriad opportunities for collaboration with scholars across the university system, with the campus Libraries and Information Technology Services, and with researchers from nearby universities. The School offers the Bachelor of Science in Information Science, Master of Science in Library Science, Master of Science in Information Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The School also offers an undergraduate minor in information science, a variety of graduate certificates and dual degrees (see for details), Masters of Professional Science in digital curation and management and in biomedical health informatics, and a certificate in applied data science. and LIS Engagement with users/stakeholders and UX librarianship, Data literacy and Data librarianship, Digital humanities and its relationship to LIS Information ethics and justice.

Job Duties

  • Faculty are expected to engage in research, teach, advise students, participate in School, University, and professional activities, and otherwise share their expertise at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including work with doctoral students.


  • Candidates should be excited by and able to thrive in an intellectually stimulating multi-disciplinary environment.
  • We seek a collaborative colleague who will form partnerships within the school and across the campus.
  • Scholars with fresh and innovative ideas, a commitment to professional engagement, and an appreciation for digital and analog representation are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Education and Experience:
Candidates are required to have earned a Master’s degree in information/library science or related field. Additionally, having an earned PhD in information/library science or a related field is an asset.