Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies

Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 05, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF INFORMATION STUDIES (SOIS) invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position   The School of Information Studies in the College of Applied Social Sciences at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois is inviting applications for a 9-month, tenure track faculty position that will begin in August 2021. The selected faculty member will join a diverse, collaborative, and cohesive core faculty committed to the university’s overarching mission to create a just and humane society.   The School of Information Studies is ALA-Accredited and is a member of the iSchool Consortium. In recent years, the school has thrived and experienced much growth. Along with a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, the School now offers a Master of Science in Information Management, a Master of Arts in Youth Literature, nine Master’s level certificate programs, and a Bachelor’s degree in Informatics. SOIS also offers a PhD in Library and Information Science.   The selected faculty must be able to teach in two or more of the following areas:  
  1. Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation Strategies and Tools for Demonstrating Value
  2. Scholarly Communication and Publishing, and Data Management
  3. Collection Management and Electronic Resources Acquisition and Administration
  4. Information Policy and Information Governance
  5. Foundations of Library and Information Science
  6. Foundations of Information in Society, Organizations, and Cultures
  7. Data Analytics
Required Qualifications   To be considered, applicants:  
  1. Must have a PhD in Library and Information Science, or a PhD in a related field AND at least one earned degree in Library and Information Science.
  2. Must have a demonstrated research agenda and commitment to service.
  Preferred Qualifications:  
  1. Experience teaching, advising, and mentoring in higher education
  2. Experience teaching online, hybrid, and in-person
  About the School Dominican University has been educating future librarians and information professionals in the Chicago area since 1930, when (then) Rosary College established a Department of Library Science that awarded Bachelor of Arts degrees. By 1949, the College was offering the Master of Arts degree in Library Science, a degree accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1962. By 1970, the department had evolved into Rosary College’s first graduate school, expanding its reach and reputation between 1981 and 2016 as the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Renamed the School of Information Studies in 2016, Dominican University continues to strengthen its identity and reputation as a national leader in library, information science, and information management education building on its distinguished 75-year history. Today, the SOIS enrolls 281 students across its programs, which include the ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS); the Master of Professional Studies in Library and Information Science (MPS); the Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM); the Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science (Dominican’s first and only PhD), and the School of Information Studies’ first undergraduate major and minor, Informatics.  The SOIS is led by a Director of the School of Information Studies and the faculty includes ten full-time tenure-track faculty members.  All School of Information Studies programs balance rigorous attention to both theory and practice and are taught by accomplished and engaged professors. Students have access to practical learning experiences in the many information-rich organizations in Chicago, including businesses, universities, libraries, museums, and cultural heritage institutions.   About the University   Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution with an enrollment of about 3,000 students. Dominican University is a relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous, integrative and innovative undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It is known for its excellent academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors its students, its enduring commitment to social justice, and the enriching diversity of its students, faculty and staff. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican No. 11 among master's-level universities in the Midwest. Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the university provides students and alumnae/i an accessible and welcoming location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities.   The student body reflects social, economic, and racial/ethnic diversity, and is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The total student body is 71% female, 48% Hispanic/Latinx, and 6% Black/African-American, and 48% of undergraduates are first-generation college students. Dominican University’s mission, in part, is to prepare students to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. Toward that end, the university is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. For more information about Dominican University, see   APPLICATION Applicants of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All applicants must apply online at provide the following documents:  
  • Cover letter which includes teaching philosophy and research agenda
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of three professional references
  Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Submission instructions will be provided.   A background screening is required upon hire.   Applications will be accepted starting in January 2021, and review will begin in February and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries and questions may be directed to Dr. Cecilia Salvatore, Search Committee Chair, at     Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.