Post Doctoral Position Announcement Information and Library Science

Release date: 

November 14, 2006

The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for the University's Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity. The Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity places special emphasis on the recruitment of underrepresented minorities and provides funding support for two years.

The School of Information and Library Science offers the Bachelor of Science in Information Science, Master of Science in Information Science, Master of Science in Library Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The School also offers an undergraduate minor in information systems, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Information and Library Science, and a post-master's certificate in school library media (see for details).

Postdoctoral scholars will participate essentially full-time in research and may teach one course per year. The postdoctoral stipend is negotiable. And, health benefits are available. Some funding is available for research expenses, including travel.

Candidates with research and teaching strengths across the field of information and library science are encouraged to apply. Applications are sought, in particular, in the following areas:

  • Specific information contexts, such as academic, public, or school libraries
  • Children's literature, including folklore
  • Storytelling and libraries
  • Immersion/engagement in information (print, digital, etc.)
  • Text mining, natural language processing, and knowledge discovery
  • Management of information organizations; organizational behavior
  • Leadership in the information professions
  • Diversity and/or services to multicultural populations
  • Using, creating, shaping information
  • Workforce Issues in Library and Information and Library Science

Requirements include completion of the doctoral degree no later than July 1, 2007, and no earlier than July 1, 2003. The primary criterion for selection is evidence of scholarship and potential for tenure track appointment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and other research universities. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Application should be made to the address indicated below and must be postmarked by Thursday, January 4, 2007. The completed application should include the curriculum vitae, sample publications and/or dissertation chapters, three letters of recommendation, an application, a statement of research plans, and a separate statement on why you should be selected for the program. The statements should be separate documents and not included in a cover letter. The application is available on the web page listed below. If recommendation letters accompany application materials, they should be in sealed envelopes. The cover letter can be addressed to Vice Chancellor Tony Waldrop.

Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
CB #4000, 312 South Building
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4000

Phone (919) 962-1319

Faculty members from the School of Information and Library Science will be available to discuss the postdoctoral program with applicants at the 2007 ALISE Conference. For further information on minority postdoctoral possibilities at the School of Information and Library Science, please contact Paul Solomon at or Claudia Gollop at Candidates are encouraged to contact SILS faculty with compatible research interests to discuss possible collaborations as part of the application process.

The University of NC at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer.