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College of Information and Communications

Applications open for tenure-track position in public librarianship

UPDATED: This employment opportunity has closed.

The School of Information Science (iSchool) at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level to begin August 16, 2023. Candidates with a specialization in public librarianship and one or more of the following will be considered: 

  • Youth services and programming.
  • Adult services and programming.
  • Community outreach and library services to underserved populations.
  • Social justice issues.
  • Intellectual freedom.
  • Emerging technologies.
  • Leadership and advocacy.
  • Collection development and management.


  • Participate in instruction, research, publication, grant writing, and other scholarly activities.
  • Teach in both face-to-face and online environments primarily at the graduate level with opportunities to teach in the undergraduate program as well.
  • Mentor and advise graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Provide service to the department, college, university, profession and community.

Required Education and Qualification

  • Earned doctorate in library/information science or related field by start date of employment.
  • Two years' experience working in public libraries and/or working with youth.
  • Capacity to teach in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs.
  • Capacity to teach and mentor at the graduate level.
  • Knowledge in creating educational materials for face-to-face and online instruction.
  • A record of, or the potential for: 1) active engagement with the theories and methodologies currently informing the study of public libraries and librarianship; 2) contributing instructional expertise to the school’s MLIS, PhD and/or the information science undergraduate major and minor; and 3) developing a program of research and scholarship in their specialty area.

Application Process 

All applicants must complete an online application at UofSC Jobs.

  1. A letter of application that addresses teaching philosophy, research agenda, service mission, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  2. Current vitae.
  3. List of three references (including name, phone number, and email).
  4. Three letters of recommendation (solicited prior to start date) — listed as optional documents, while the three letters are required prior to start date. Letter may be uploaded with application, but it is not required.

More Information

For further information or questions about this position, please contact:

The School of Information Science

Our diverse, engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment within the school. In addition, a rich potential for collaborative and interdisciplinary connections exists across the university, for example, The UofSC Arnold School of Public Health, the College of Education, and our sister school — the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Examples of existing faculty research expertise include: information behavior and information practices of marginalized groups; misinformation and disinformation; equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice; LIS Education; accessibility and disability studies; public libraries and cultural heritage institutions; diversity in children’s literature; community literacy; school librarianship; knowledge management; international librarianship; social media analysis, big data, and text mining; copyright; medical and health informatics; data analytics; information visualization; health and medical librarianship; critical youth studies; information policy; digital inclusion; and, information access and information poverty. 

The School of Information Science is committed to the mission of the College of Information and Communications and the University of South Carolina to foster a diverse and vibrant academic environment, embrace diversity in its various forms and create a welcoming environment that encourages all to excel.  

College of Information and Communications 

The College of Information and Communications is home to two nationally recognized schools, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Information Science. The college provides outstanding teaching, research, and community outreach. As such, it is one of only a few universities to combine its communications and information science programs, two rapidly evolving — and converging — fields united by a shared belief that information accessibility is the cornerstone of self-governance. The College has approximately 1,800 undergraduates, 500 graduate students, and more than 100 faculty and staff members. New assets available to faculty and students in both schools include The Social Media Insights Lab and the Biometric and User Experience Lab. Both are designed to facilitate the study of issues related to data, media, and their impact on society.   

The University of South Carolina 

The University of South Carolina in Columbia is the major research institution of the University of South Carolina system and its largest campus, enrolling approximately 35,000 students. The university offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional program levels.

Founded in 1801, it is among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities and is one of only 32 public universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s top-tier designations in both research activity and community engagement. South Carolina’s capital city is currently undergoing several urban revitalization projects and offers residents a growing range of artistic, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

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