Endowed Professorship in Librarianship, 2021

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 16, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Endowed Professorship in Librarianship, 2021

College/School/Unit: School of Information
Posted: Oct 9, 2020
Apply By: Open until filled


The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for the Virginia and Charles Bowden Endowed Professorship in Librarianship to start in Fall 2021. Successful candidates will either currently be tenured full professors or eligible for appointment at the level of tenured full professor. The candidate should be highly research-active and a thought leader in their specialty.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Bowden professor will also receive a salary supplement of $10,000 annually above the holder's base salary. In addition, they will have access to a fund (which generates approximately $10,000 annually) for research, travel, student support, or other allowable expenses.

The Bowden Professor will serve as the faculty liaison in distributing the Bowden Excellence Fund (approximately $1,150 annually) to use for library-related programming and the Bowden Fellowship Fund (approximately $12,000 annually) to provide research support in library and information studies.

We are seeking colleagues who will contribute to research and to teaching in all academic degree programs the UT iSchool offers including the ALA Accredited Master of Science in Information Studies, an Undergraduate Minor in Informatics, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies.

We welcome applicants representing a broad range of interests and strengths and are interested in candidates with expertise in library and information studies.


Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in a field that is relevant to their area of research and teaching. Candidates should have an established record of accomplishment of research, publication, teaching, and leadership in the area of library and information studies.

We seek candidates with excellent research, teaching, service and leadership abilities and a commitment to shaping the future of the UT Austin iSchool and the field of information more broadly. Candidates who currently or will potentially make outstanding contributions to the diversification of their scholarly fields and/or institutions of higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. We will begin to review applications and interview candidates on November 12, 2020.

For this Endowed Professorship in Librarianship, required materials include:
  1. current CV,
  2. a cover letter,
  3. a statement of your research plans,
  4. up to three samples of publications on which you were the leading author,
  5. a teaching statement,
  6. names and contact details of three references (no letters are required at this time - references will only be contacted for finalists, and only after consultation with the candidate), and
  7. a diversity statement. The purpose of the diversity statement is to identify candidates who have professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance campus diversity and equity efforts.

Questions about this position may be sent to the chair of Bowden Endowed Professorship in Librarianship Search Committee: Soo Young Rieh (rieh@ischool.utexas.edu). All faculty positions are subject to budget approval.

About the UT Austin iSchool

The goal of the UT Austin iSchool is to be the premier research and education program for the 21st century field of information, where we are changing the future by engaging the present and preserving the past. Research and teaching at the iSchool changes the ways that we interact with information and technology, changes how information can make the world a better and fairer place, and changes the ways we protect and preserve our collective memory. For more information about the iSchool, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about-the-ischool.

The UT Austin iSchool is a founding member of the international iSchools organization (https://ischools.org/), and has a long history of interdisciplinary scholarship and research focused on the human, social, cultural, and technical aspects of information. Our program is consistently ranked among the top programs in information internationally. We are a stand-alone school with strong connections across the university and with other institutions nationally and internationally; we are particularly interested in applicants who will further strengthen and extend our collaborative network. We offer an ALA-accredited Master of Science in Information Studies as well as degrees at the undergraduate and PhD levels. Our Master of Science degree in Information Security and Privacy is offered jointly with the UT Center for Identity. For more details on our current degree offerings, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/programs.

UT Austin has an internationally distinguished faculty making it one of the world's leading research universities. UT Austin embraces interdisciplinary research, and is the home to more the 200 dedicated research units and centers. For more information on UT Austin, see https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/about/about_ut_austin.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

To apply, visit https://faculty.utexas.edu/career/65450