Assistant or Associate Professor - Library Media Education

Western Kentucky University
Kentucky, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Dec 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 15,567 students (29% first generation, 17% underrepresented minority) and just over 2,600 faculty and staff employees.

Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with approximately 70,000 residents. Our population is ethnically diverse, with more than 85 languages spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.

Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU's strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at


Job Description:

The Libraries, Informatics, and Technology (LITE) in Education Program at WKU is responsible for the overall leadership, administration, and operation of undergraduate and graduate coursework in the LITE program. LITE faculty members work collaboratively to maintain the rigor of the programs and foster community engagement to provide students with opportunities to have an impact in their communities while they are students.  The LITE program (School of Teacher Education) in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Western Kentucky University is accepting applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track eligible Assistant or Associate Professor.


  • Teach a 3:4 load including developing and delivering courses at the undergraduate/graduate level in LITE
  • Provide effective teaching, leadership, and supervision of practicum experiences
  • Conduct research and scholarly activities
  • Work collaboratively with other faculty to develop and implement effective and appropriate programs and policies
  • Serve on university, college, and program committees
  • Demonstrate an active commitment to diversity within the LITE program including faculty, staff, and students
  • Serve as faculty advisor to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Support student engagement in community service-learning activities
  • Utilize alternative methods of delivery or web-based instruction 
  • Potential for attracting external funding



  • Earned doctorate (and considered if graduating prior to start date: August 2022) in library/information science education, educational technology, or a related field; or
  • An earned master's degree in library/information science or library media education if doctorate is not in library/information science 
  • Qualified to teach undergraduate and graduate level in a variety of library media and educational technology service areas
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct quantitative and/or qualitative research in Libraries, Informatics and Technology in Education
  • Broad knowledge in areas of school library media, excellence and training in educational technology, a commitment to online/interactive instruction, and a record of or potential for scholarly research and publication
  • Demonstrated experience and excellence in teaching, outreach, and service in higher education
  • Experience teaching and/or working as a library media specialist in a K-12 setting or educational technology experience in a K-12 setting 
  • Knowledge of Blackboard or similar course management software 


Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5121.

The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Deborah Wilkins, who can be contacted via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5396. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU''s website.

Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at:


Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system by January 3, 2022, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.

For more information, please contact the search chair, Dr. Andrea Paganelli at

You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.

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