[Asis-l] Faculty Position at Kent State University

Thomas J. Froehlich tfroehli at kent.edu
Sat Oct 30 17:50:14 EDT 2004

Kent State University
School of Library and Information Science


The Kent State University School of Library and Information Science – 
Columbus Campus is seeking an applicant for a tenure-track position at the 
rank of Associate or Assistant Professor.  The School supports one of the 
largest professional library and information science programs in North 
America and offers the only American Library Association-accredited 
master’s degree program in Ohio. The master’s degree is offered at the 
School’s two campuses in Kent and Columbus, and through an electronic 
distance education network  throughout the state .   The position will be 
available at the Columbus Campus, which is the primary academic home of 
approximately 150 of the School’s students.  The faculty member will join 
two resident faculty members and support staff at the Columbus Campus.

The Columbus Campus resides on the campus of The Ohio State University and 
includes faculty and staff offices, a computer lab/learning resources 
center, and teaching facilities.  The Columbus Campus is readily accessible 
to the headquarters of Ohio’s three electronic library networks, INFOhio, 
OHIOLINK and OPLIN,  and to important contributors to the information 
industry such as OCLC, Chemical Abstracts, the Battelle Memorial Institute, 
and LexisNexis.

While committed to its strong library tradition, the School is involved in 
several exciting areas of program expansion, including an interdisciplinary 
Master’s degree program in Information Architecture and Knowledge 
Management, and expanding the availability of the MLIS throughout the state 
through distributed learning.

Teaching competence  must include Foundations of Library and Information 
Science and Research Methods.  Other areas of specialization can be in 
accord with the successful candidate’s research and teaching 
interests.  Some of the following areas would be helpful.

(1)  organization of information, cataloging, abstracting and indexing, 
data modeling, metadata, digital libraries
(2) information science, information technology, information resources 
management, knowledge management
(3) children's and/or young adult services in public libraries
(4) administration, organization and services of school library media centers
(5) information architecture
(6) archives and manuscripts

Qualifications include a master’s degree in library and information science 
or a related field and a completed doctorate or substantial progress toward 
completion of a doctorate in library and information science or a related 
field.  Experience and/or interest in synchronous and asynchronous digital 
distance learning is highly desirable.  Salary is competitive; benefits are 
excellent.  The position is available for Spring or Fall 
2005.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; review 
of applicants will begin December 1, 2004.

To better work with the growing demands of the information economy, Kent 
State University launched a unique, new college, the College of 
Communication and Information in July, 2002.  It is composed of the School 
of Communication Studies, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 
the School of Library and Information Science, and the School of Visual 
Communication Design. The College is in the process of planning an 
interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication and Information.

  Kent State University has made major investments in state-of-the-art 
information and networked technologies, such as the Moulton Hall 
Technologies and Learning Center, a center for Kent's innovations in 
teaching, research, corporate training and networked information 
resources.  It is classified as a "Doctoral Extensive" university by 
Carnegie and is a member of the Internet2 consortium, one of an elite group 
of institutions in Ohio and nationwide.  Ohio is a recognized leader in 
information networks and has undertaken major funding commitments to use 
information technologies to promote economic development.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, copies of 
transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (official 
transcripts will be required in the event of employment), and names of at 
least three references to:  Professor Thomas J. Froehlich, Chair, Search 
Committee, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State 
University, P. O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001, email: tfroehli at kent.edu, 
fax: 330/672-7965, voice: 330/672-2782, http://www.slis.kent.edu/.

Kent State University supports equal opportunity, affirmative action and 
diversity in education and employment.  Applications from minority group 
members and women are encouraged.

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