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Tenure Track Faculty, Library & Information Science, Simmons University, Boston, MA


Simmons University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) seeks outstanding scholars and teachers to fill a tenure-track faculty position to start in January 2023. Simmons SLIS prepares students for inspired service, advocacy, and leadership in library and information science, archives, school libraries, and children’s services.  Simmons SLIS seeks to hire diverse faculty members to join a community that is committed to instilling the principles of equity, inclusion, and social justice in our students and to fully preparing our graduates to work effectively in the global information environment. We value candidates who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to our community to enhance diversity through their research, teaching, and service. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons University is a small, private, non-sectarian university that has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Today, Simmons serves nearly 2,000 students in a women-centered undergraduate program and nearly 5,000 students in coeducational graduate programs. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse, mission-driven community of educators and professionals. In 1902, Simmons began educating women in field of librarianship making it one of the oldest programs at Simmons University and one of the longest standing LIS programs in the United States.

Today, the MS in Library and Information Science has over 700 students on two campuses and online, and additional students in our PhD program. The MS degree program is a top-ranked program in U.S. News & World Reports. Graduates of our program hail from every state in the United States and over 80 countries.

The successful candidates will join a faculty with a strong commitment to students’ success and with diverse research interests. The SLIS vision “imagines an interconnected world with a diverse and engaged citizenry empowered by information, cultural heritage, and technology; in which the information disciplines and creativity improve lives; and where literature, knowledge, and collective wisdom are preserved and celebrated.” All qualified candidates are invited to apply, and we are particularly seeking applications from candidates with experience or research interests in one or more of the following areas:

  • Collection Development and Management
  • Information Policy
  • Library Management and Leadership
  • User and Youth Services
  • User Experience and Human Computer Interaction

Candidates will be expected to teach, conduct research, contribute to curriculum development, and provide service to the School, the University, and the information professions. Experience in designing and delivering online courses, including fully asynchronous courses, is highly desirable. Opportunities to teach include undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level courses face-to-face in Boston and at the SLIS West program at the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, Massachusetts, as well as online.

Requirements: Applicants must hold or expect to complete a doctoral degree in library and information science, information studies, or an appropriately related field, ideally by August 2022. We seek colleagues who can demonstrate excellence in teaching, have a viable research agenda, and show the potential for leadership in scholarship and professional service.

Required Application Materials:

Applicants should submit a cover letter/ letter of interest and current CV with their application.

For further information, please contact the Faculty Search Committee Chair, Peter Botticelli ([email protected]). You can also reach out to SLIS faculty members who will be attending the ALISE and ASIST 2022 conferences in Pittsburgh, PA.

How to Apply:

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