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Director, School of Information Sciences

Director, School of Information Sciences

University of Tennessee Job Location: Tennessee Date Created: 11-30-2020

Description

The School of Information Sciences in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s (UTK) College of Communication and Information (CCI), is conducting an international search for the position of Director of the School. A Ph.D. in library and information sciences or closely related fields is required for this 12-month position.  The successful applicant will hold the rank of Full Professor or meet the University of Tennessee’s criteria for Full Professor upon hire and will be eligible for tenure upon hire.  The salary is competitive and based on experience and academic credentials. We especially welcome candidates with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Candidates should have: strong intellectual, organizational, diplomatic, communication, and leadership skills; a national/international scholarly reputation; and a strong record of research, teaching and service. In addition, they should have the ability to: build strong, positive relationships with all members of the School, with other CCI and UTK schools/departments, and the administration of the College and University; effectively manage School resources, faculty and staff; represent and promote the program externally; support the new, innovative undergraduate program in information sciences; maintain scholarly activity; actively promote faculty research and scholarship and support externally funded faculty research; actively engage in development, fundraising and alumni cultivation; work effectively with the SIS Advisory Board and College’s Board of Visitors; support and create productive partnerships across disciplinary and organizational boundaries; and recruit and maintain a well-qualified diverse student body. The Director will provide leadership for the School with duties and responsibilities as described in the UTK Faculty Handbook (https://facultyhandbook.utk.edu). Applicants should have knowledge of and a commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action. The School and College.  The School of Information Sciences and the College of Communication and Information have a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the School’s and College’s distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility and the ethical implications of information and information systems.  The School’s and College’s Diversity and Inclusion Statements can be viewed at https://www.sis.utk.edu/diversity-inclusion and https://cci.utk.edu/diversity. The College of Communication and Information (CCI) consists of four schools: Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, Information Sciences, and Journalism and Electronic Media. CCI has approximately 1,280 undergraduate majors (across five undergraduate majors in advertising, public relations, communication studies, information sciences, and journalism and electronic media), and approximately 420 graduate students (including College-wide M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in communication & information and an M.S. degree in information sciences). The College’s Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) provides a wide array of support services for CCI faculty interested in pursuing sponsored research. The Center involves dozens of researchers across various disciplines and agencies to focus the array of talent in CCI, the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and other research institutions in the pursuit and conduct of sponsored research. College-wide research facilities include: the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center, the Scripps Convergence Lab, a User Experience Lab, and a Message Effects/Focus Group Lab. The School of Information Sciences is a member of the iSchools Consortium and is the 17th ranked library and information science school by U.S. News and World Report. The University: The University of Tennessee is the state of Tennessee’s flagship university and its only public Carnegie RU/VH (Research Universities/Very High Research Activity) institution. As a land-grant university and as Volunteers, serving our state and nation are key to our mission. UT enrolls approximately 30,000 students at its Knoxville campus.  Demographically, 24% of all students identify as non-white, 24% identify as first-generation students and 29% are Pell-eligible. The University culture is guided by adherence to core values that define the Volunteer spirit and include: seeking knowledge; leading with innovation and integrity; advancing diversity and inclusion; engaging locally and globally; and embracing responsible stewardship of resources. The Community: Knoxville, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, has a metropolitan statistical area population of over 850,000 people. This moderate-sized city has a vibrant nightlife that includes numerous theaters and museums, traditional bluegrass music, a symphony orchestra and an opera company, world-class restaurants, lots of cultural festivals and a downtown market square. Surrounded by lakes and the Tennessee River, the Knoxville area boasts wonderful year-round water activities, including boating, fishing, and swimming that make for scenic and breathtaking views of the area. Knoxville is also home to many leading corporations, including Pilot Flying J; Ruby Tuesday, Bush Brothers & Company, Discovery Inc.’s National Operating Center, Regal Cinemas, TVA, and Alcoa Inc. It also has a number of prominent advertising/public relations firms and is the fifth largest video production center in the United States.

Qualifications

The successful applicant will hold the rank of Full Professor or meet the University of Tennessee’s criteria for Full Professor upon hire and will be eligible for tenure upon hire.   We especially welcome candidates with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Candidates should have: strong intellectual, organizational, diplomatic, communication, and leadership skills; a national/international scholarly reputation; and a strong record of research, teaching and service. In addition, they should have the ability to: build strong, positive relationships with all members of the School, with other CCI and UTK schools/departments, and the administration of the College and University; effectively manage School resources, faculty and staff; represent and promote the program externally; support the new, innovative undergraduate program in information sciences; maintain scholarly activity; actively promote faculty research and scholarship and support externally funded faculty research; actively engage in development, fundraising and alumni cultivation; work effectively with the SIS Advisory Board and College’s Board of Visitors; support and create productive partnerships across disciplinary and organizational boundaries; and recruit and maintain a well-qualified diverse student body. The Director will provide leadership for the School with duties and responsibilities as described in the UTK Faculty Handbook (https://facultyhandbook.utk.edu). Applicants should have knowledge of and a commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Application Instructions

Individuals interested in applying for the position should submit, via Interfolio, (1) a letter of application, (2) a vision statement for the School, (3) a statement of leadership philosophy, (4) a diversity statement; (5) a current curriculum vitae, and (6) a list of five references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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