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Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, Full-Time – Library and Information Science

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School / Campus / College: Information School

Organization: Information School

Title: Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, Full-Time – Library and Information Science

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Information School seeks a truly outstanding Lecturer or Senior Lecturer to contribute excellence in teaching to our # 2 ranked Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS). We seek a creative, forward-thinking individual to join our dynamic Faculty.

Our new colleague will contribute to a range of LIS teaching, however, we are particularly interested in scholars who can complement iSchool expertise in one or more of the following areas:  management of information organizations; information resources, services, and collections; social justice and community engagement; archives and special collections; cataloging; data resources and services; digital humanities and cultural heritage; digital archives; libraries as social infrastructure; information spaces that serve and facilitate the development of diverse populations; design thinking; education and learning, among others.  This individual should have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and service and should thrive in a diverse, intellectually stimulating, multi-disciplinary environment.  They will join a broad-based, inclusive Information School that offers multiple degree programs and is committed to the values of leadership, innovation, and diversity.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to curriculum development, teach in multiple delivery modes (online, hybrid and face to face), and serve the overall educational mission of the school. This may include the development of new courses from the candidate’s area of expertise, and will require the teaching of existing core courses in the MLIS program, as well as mentoring a diverse student population.  University of Washington faculty engage in teaching and service.

The strongest candidates will add to the excellence of our program in Library and Information Science, and will demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion and particularly, educating future information professionals.

The position is a full-time 9-month appointment at the rank of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer. This position is not tenure eligible.

The University of Washington is a vibrant crucible of 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 peoples.  Seattle is a rapidly growing, dynamic, and diverse metropolitan area.

The Information School is interested in faculty and scholarship that will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through teaching, research and service. As information systems and institutions serve increasingly diverse and global constituencies, it is critical to understand the ways in which differences in perspectives regarding gender, class, race, ethnicity, national and cultural boundaries, national origin and other identity dynamics (or identities) can both divide us and present barriers, as well as enlighten us and open new ways of thinking about information access. In particular we are interested in work at the intersection of diversity, librarianship, and the information field, writ large.

Applicants may find further information about the Information School at


Applicants must have a Masters in a relevant field (including but not limited to MLIS, MLS, MSLS) or foreign equivalent degree by date of appointment plus a minimum of five years applied or professional experience in the information field. Applicants must also have a track record of successful teaching.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Preference will be given to applications submitted by September 30, 2018. Selected candidates will be invited for campus visits.

Application packages should include: CV, a letter of intent, teaching statement, diversity statement*, and names and contact information for three references. Short listed candidates will have their references contacted for letters of recommendation.  Please contact Dr. Harry Bruce, Chair, LIS Search Committee, with questions (

*iSchool Diversity Statement Guidelines

Diversity is a core value of the Information School. We are working to create more equitable opportunities for underrepresented groups to participate in university life in research and teaching, across ranks, and among faculty, students, and staff. The Diversity Statement provides an opportunity for applicants to reflect on how they and their approach to research, teaching, and/or service examines, identifies, and/or will contribute to positive social change that supports people who represent differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, ability, and other identities. We invite you to be reflective and describe where you stand to learn and grow with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice, and your potential to mentor and educate students who will serve diverse populations. In short, we would like to know, what does “diversity” in academic teaching, service, and research mean to you? 

 For your reference please consult the UW iSchool’s diversity web pages:  

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.

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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 (