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Clinical Assistant Professor, Information Sciences (Two Positions), Fall 2023 or Spring 2024


The School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), seeks two full-time Clinical Assistant Professors for non-tenure-track positions to start in January or August 2024. The initial appointment for these 9-month positions will be up to a maximum of three years, with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidates will mainly teach and advise students in our ALA-accredited master’s degree program and undergraduate programs in Information Sciences. School, college, university, and professional service are also expected. Teaching modes include face-to-face, synchronous online, asynchronous online, and hybrid.

We are particularly interested in applicants with teaching interests in areas that extend the school’s areas of expertise and make theoretical/practical contributions to the library and information science field to strengthen its identity. Experience in and connections to industry, various information sciences-related careers, or other professional settings is also a plus.

Applications from individuals with scholarly activity and/or teaching interests in one or more of the following areas are especially welcome (listed in alphabetical, not priority, order):
  • Academic librarianship
  • Archives, records management, and/or special collections
  • Data science and/or computational social science
  • Information security/integrity and/or cybersecurity
  • Public librarianship
  • School Librarianship
  • User Experience Design (UXD)
SIS enrolls approximately 300 students in its Master of Science in Information Sciences (MSIS) distance education and on-campus programs, ranked 10th in the most recent U.S. News and World Report on American Library Association-accredited LIS graduate programs. SIS also offers the state’s first Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences degree, an undergraduate online degree completion program in applied data analytics and user experience, and undergraduate minors in information sciences, user experience design, and social media analytics. SIS is also an active participant in the CCI Ph.D. program.

The School and College

The School of Information Sciences is part of the College of Communication and Information (CCI), along with three other schools: the Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Communication Studies, and the School of Journalism and Media. The School of Information Sciences is an iCaucus member of the iSchools Consortium.

The School of Information Sciences and the College of Communication and Information have a deep institutional commitment to diversity and strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. We favor candidates who can contribute to our distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility and the ethical implications of technology, information, and systems. The School’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement and the College’s diversity action plan can be viewed at and .

For more information about the School of Information Sciences and the College of Communication and Information, visit and .

The Community

Knoxville is a vibrant city located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in East Tennessee. The city, population of 187,000, is the third-largest city in Tennessee. Over 850,000 people live in the Knoxville metropolitan area. This moderate-sized city has a vibrant nightlife with numerous theaters and museums, traditional bluegrass music, a symphony orchestra, an opera company, world-class restaurants, many cultural festivals, and a downtown market square. The Knoxville area boasts wonderful year-round outdoor activities, surrounded by lakes and the Tennessee River and within sight of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Knoxville is also home to leading corporations, including Pilot Flying J; Ruby Tuesday, Bush Brothers & Company, Discovery Inc.’s National Operating Center, Regal Cinemas, TVA, and Alcoa. For more information about Knoxville, Tennessee, visit .


Required Qualifications:
  • Earned master’s degree in library and information sciences, computer science, or related areas by the time of appointment.
  • Evidence of ability to develop a record of teaching effectiveness and instruct students at the graduate and/or undergraduate level in an institution of higher education and in the broad areas of library and information sciences, user experience design (UXD), data science, and information security/integrity
  • Experience or demonstrated ability in the design and delivery of courses in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, synchronous online, asynchronous online, and hybrid
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and experience in–or the potential for–building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, life experiences, or service
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff from various disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds is essential
Additional Desired Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in library and information sciences, computer science, or a related area (applicants in the process of completing their Ph.D. may apply)
  • Experience teaching one or more courses as the instructor of record at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • A demonstrated record of research, creative activity, or published scholarship
  • A record of service and leadership in library and information sciences professional organizations
Application Instructions

Individuals interested in applying for the positions should submit the following materials:

1. a letter of application

2. a current curriculum vitae, and

3. contact information for three references

Contact (Subject line: Clinical Assistant Professor Position) for questions.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. These positions will be available for successful applicants to join the UTK SIS faculty in January or August 2024.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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