Open Rank- Professor of Library and Information Studies- Knowledge Organization

The University of Oklahoma
Goldsby, OK
Closing date
Dec 1, 2023

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Open Rank- Professor of Library and Information Studies- Knowledge Organization

Norman, OK
Open Date:
Oct 19, 2023

The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) In the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks an innovative scholar in the area of Knowledge Organization for an open rank, tenured/tenure track faculty position with a starting date of August 16, 2024.

SLIS is expanding its strengths in Knowledge Organization through innovative research, teaching, and service. Knowledge Organization concerns the following: Indexing, Description, Representation, Classification, and Organization of information resources for users' needs in both traditional and digital environments, using both manual and automated methods. The successful applicant for this position will join the University of Oklahoma SLIS faculty in the education of undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students in various capacities including teaching courses, supervising independent studies, advising, and serving on students' committees. The teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester. A successful candidate for this position will be able to teach Master of Library and Information Studies required core course LIS-5043 Organization of Information and develop new courses such as, for example, undergraduate-level Knowledge Organization related courses.

The faculty member will conduct scholarly research resulting in publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, edited books, books, and conference papers. Seeking opportunities for internal and external funding is also expected. Additionally, the candidate will be committed to engagement in service to the profession and in the shared governance within the university.

This position is based on the Norman campus. The salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Oklahoma offers an excellent benefits program. For further benefits information please access the Human Resources website at


Required Qualifications:
  • A completed Doctorate Degree in Library and Information Science or a related discipline by August 16, 2024
  • An active and productive research program focused on Knowledge Organization related issues, commensurate to rank of candidate
  • Teaching experiences in Knowledge Organization related courses

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of excellence in research in publishing high impact peer reviewed articles in top tier journals in the Knowledge Organization field
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching in both undergraduate and graduate programs, online and face-to-face environments
  • Evidence of scholarly impact in the field
  • Experience with collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and a record of, or potential for, extramural funding
  • Leadership in scholarship and professional service

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted to: and should include a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications (not to exceed 5 pages); current C.V.; names of three references. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Kun Lu at

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