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Professor of Practice – Future of Libraries, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

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School / Campus / College: Information School

Organization: Information School

Title: Professor of Practice – Future of Libraries, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

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Position Description

The University of Washington Information School (iSchool) is a leader in education and research on the future of archives, libraries, and librarianship. We seek a creative, forward-thinking Professor of Practice to contribute to this area by bringing their experiences and insights as a library practitioner.


The Professor of Practice will serve as a bridge between academia and the library profession and will lead the way towards enhancing the education of future librarians. They will be able to contribute to the teaching mission of the iSchool in several ways: by teaching courses in the MLIS program; by revising current core courses; by integrating some of the iSchool’s cross-disciplinary courses into the MLIS curriculum; and by developing new courses and specializations related to their areas of expertise and interest, helping to shape the MLIS curriculum to better reflect the needs of the future of libraries.


The Professor of Practice will also have the opportunity to bring their vision, expertise, and leadership experience to bear on a particular aspect of the library field to which they wish to contribute new ideas and knowledge in the form of a practice-based research or design project. This may involve engagement with students, other faculty, and other institutions, depending on the scope and nature of the project, but the results will be made available to the field through presentations, publications, and other dissemination methods appropriate to the work.


The UW Information School is dedicated to hiring faculty that will enhance our inclusion, diversity, equity, access and sovereignty (IDEAS) mission and vision through their research, teaching, and service. As information systems and institutions serve increasingly diverse and global constituencies, it is vital to understand the ways in which differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, ability, and other identities can both divide us and offer us better ways of thinking and working. The Information School faculty are committed to preparing professionals who work in an increasingly diverse and global society by promoting equity and justice for all individuals, actively working to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination.


The successful candidate will join a broad-based, inclusive Information School, whose faculty members pursue their scholarship, teaching, and service across multiple degree programs and are committed to the values of leadership, innovation, and diversity. Positive factors for consideration include experience in public and/or state libraries, or public-facing roles in other libraries. The University of Washington is an institution that encourages inclusive research and community outreach, situated between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, in the city of Seattle, on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. Seattle is a rapidly growing, dynamic, and diverse metropolitan area with a leading technology sector and vibrant civic sector. Applicants may find further information about the Information School at


This position is a two year full-time 9-month appointment anticipated at the rank of Professor of Practice, not tenure eligible. This position has an anticipated start date of September 1, 2023.


The base salary for this position will be $12,666 – $13,888 per month ($114,000 - $125,000 per 9-month academic year), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


Applicants must have a Master’s degree (or foreign equivalent) from an accredited school and a minimum five years of professional experience by date of appointment. They should demonstrate a strong commitment to bridging teaching, service, and practice.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Preference will be given to applications submitted by March 10, 2023. Selected candidates will be invited for campus visits.

Application packages should include: CV, a letter of intent, diversity statement*, and names and contact information for three references. Short listed candidates will be contacted for letters of reference.  Please contact Associate Teaching Professor Trent Hill, Chair, DPiR Search Committee, with questions (

*iSchool Diversity Statement Guidelines

Inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and tribal sovereignty (IDEAS) are core values of the University of Washington’s Information School, as described on our website: The Diversity Statement provides an opportunity for applicants to reflect on their research, teaching, and service accomplishments and goals that contribute to those values. We expect about a one-page statement that describes the applicants’ IDEAS efforts.  

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Under University of Washington (UW) Policy, University-compensated personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

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