Mildred M. Luther and Kathryn Luther Henderson Professorship in Preservation and Technical Services – Extended

Unviersity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: September 15, 2020

The School of Information Sciences ( at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an outstanding applicant for an endowed, tenured position at the rank of Associate or full Professor. Candidates for the Mildred M. Luther and Kathryn Luther Henderson Professorship in Preservation and Technical Services must have a strong international reputation within this area. All specializations and perspectives within this broad area will be considered including but not limited to: cataloging and classification, standards, collection development and management, and preservation. Focus may be on print, digital, or other media.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

Successful candidates must conduct independent research, perform academic service duties and have the ability to teach effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This position offers excellent relocation start-up funds, and the opportunity to work with outstanding colleagues and graduate students at a top-ranked information school. The endowment for this position provides additional competitive financial support.

The iSchool is an established national leader in both groundbreaking information science research and the preparation of leading information professionals. Innovative research in a wide variety of areas is carried out by faculty and doctoral students and supported by two iSchool research centers: the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship and the Center for Children’s Books. Our faculty have key roles in national initiatives and professional societies and our close relationships with many national and international cultural and scientific institutions ensure that our research engages critical societal challenges. The faculty is highly interdisciplinary, with backgrounds in information science, library science, informatics, computer science, engineering science, physics, law, psychology, English, medieval studies, philosophy, sociology, statistics, science and technology studies, and history of American civilization, and they hold additional appointments in other university units.

The School offers a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, Master of Science in Information Management, a Master of Science in Bioinformatics, a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS), and a CAS in Digital Libraries, a Ph.D., and has a School Librarian Licensure Program. The School also participates in a campus-wide undergraduate Informatics minor and the Ph.D. in Informatics, and teaches courses in the Master of Computer Science – Data Science program. The School’s new BS in Information Sciences begins in the fall of 2020.

The Urbana-Champaign campus offers a wide range of state-of-the-art research support facilities including world-renowned research institutes such as the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. The University Library, with one of the largest collections in North America, has leading R&D initiatives in metadata, discovery, and digital/data curation and preservation. The Urbana-Champaign area offers the residential advantages of a thriving micro-urban university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life as reflected by its ranking as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods in America by the American Planning Association:

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. To ensure full consideration, create your candidate profile through and upload your application cover letter, curriculum vitae, a concise summary of past research accomplishments, a statement of future research plans, and a list of three professional references. For full consideration please submit your complete application by September 15, 2020. Nominations of potential candidates can be sent to J. Stephen Downie at  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date, however, no hiring decisions will be made until after the search has closed. The preferred starting date is Spring of 2021, Fall of 2021 or open to negotiation. For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Lori Kelso at

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

We especially welcome applications from members of under-represented groups working in these areas.

Posted: June 25, 2020