Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information
Management (SLIM, https://www.emporia.edu/slim/)
seeks two new tenure-track faculty members at the assistant
professor rank who complement the strengths of our existing faculty
and share our mission to educate successful library and information
science professionals with imagination, creativity and
We especially invite candidates who…
- Share our vision of embracing an interdisciplinary culture of
collaboration and diversity for the common good.
- Demonstrate the ability to thrive in an atmosphere of
collaboration and collegiality.
- Teach and conduct research in one of the following areas
(although all research and teaching specializations will be
considered): archives, technology, and organization of
- Have a commitment to integrating into their teaching and
research diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI), including
accessibility and open access, social justice, and service to BIPOC
About ESU & SLIM
Emporia State University is a regional institution with an
emphasis on teaching whose mission is “preparing students for
lifelong learning, rewarding careers, and adaptive leadership.” It
houses the National Teachers Hall of Fame and the National Memorial
to Fallen Educators.
The School of Library and Information Management is accredited
by the American Library Association and the Council for
Accreditation of Educator Preparation (School Library Licensure)
and is the oldest library school in the western half of the U.S.
The SLIM student chapter of the American Library Association,
SCALA, earned recognition in 2017 as ALA Student Chapter of the
SLIM culture is based on a collegial, cooperative approach to
developing and delivering the curriculum, conducting and
disseminating research, and serving the school, university, and
profession. Our vision is embracing an interdisciplinary culture of
collaboration and diversity for the common good.
SLIM offers online masters and doctoral degrees in library and
information management, where small class sizes allow for
student-faculty connection, research collaboration, and
instructional innovation. Faculty have opportunities to work with
both masters and doctoral students, and to shape the evolution of
our degree programs.
Faculty are supported by MLS Directors who provide professional
student advising. All admissions, advising, curriculum, and
classroom policies are governed by the faculty.
All SLIM faculty are expected to be able to teach in a range of
required courses such as LI801 Foundations of Library and
Information Science, LI802 Information Seeking Behavior and
Reference Services, LI804 Organization of Information, LI805
Management and Information Organizations, LI810 Research in Library
and Information Science, LI855 Collection Development and
Management; technology requirement courses, LI809 Introduction to
Archives Studies, and courses relating to their own areas of
Teaching assignments are part of faculty members’ 9-month
contract and usually include teaching nine credit hours in the fall
semester and nine credit hours in the spring semester.
Opportunities exist for teaching additional elective courses in
All SLIM faculty are expected to have or develop a clearly
articulated research agenda.
All SLIM faculty are expected to participate in service to the
school, the university, and the profession.
- A doctorate in library/information studies or a related
discipline is required. (ABD with an anticipated summer 2022 or
earlier graduation date is also acceptable.)
- Recent teaching and/or research expertise in at least one of
the SLIM core curriculum areas is preferred.
- Experience teaching with a course management program, such as
Canvas, is preferred.
- Experience working in libraries or in archives is
Emporia, population 25,000, is located in the beautiful Flint
Hills area of Kansas. The founding city of Veterans Day, Emporia
combines the attributes of small-town living with easy access to
several major metropolitan areas and airports: Topeka (60 miles),
Lawrence (80 miles), Wichita (90 miles), and Kansas City (115
miles.). Emporia is host to the Unbound Gravel bike race and is a
major center of disc golf hosting the Dynamic Discs Open.
Affordable real estate, low cost of living, a high-quality K-12
school district, low crime rate, numerous lakes and recreational
facilities, and cultural events associated with ESU and the
surrounding communities contribute to an attractive lifestyle.
Submit electronic copies (in .pdf or MS Word formats) of the
letter of application; current curriculum vitae; statement of
teaching philosophy; research agenda; unofficial transcripts; and
names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional
references to Dr. Andrew Smith chair of the search committee, via
the ESU Employment Application Portal at https://bit.ly/3BVC07P. Review of
applications will begin on December 1, 2021 and will continue until
the positions are filled. A pre-employment background check is
Emporia State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative
action employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color,
national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, gender identity,
gender expression, marital status, parental status, sexual
orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a
disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other factors
which cannot be considered by law.