Faculty Opening for the Goodyear Professor in Knowledge Management at Kent State University #jobs #learning

Thomas J. Froehlich

The Kent State University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) seeks a thought leader in knowledge management from academic, corporate, non-profit or government ranks, for appointment as distinguished Goodyear Professor in the area of Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM).  Although the formal job posting indicates a non-tenure track (NTT) position, faculty appointment level may be tenure-track (TT) or non-tenure-track (NTT), at the Associate or Full Professor rank, commensurate with experience and/or with expected or achieved doctorate.  An endowment from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company supports the position and provides additional research support.


SLIS launched the IAKM program  in 2001, and has developed a national reputation with rapid growth. The Goodyear Professorship offers the opportunity to combine the strengths of this established program with a vision for advancement of the discipline and the development of new leaders in professional practice. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in practice and demonstrated leadership in the field. We are particularly interested in candidates who seek to build bridges between professional practice and academic practice in collaboration with allied units within the university, and among practitioners in industry, government, and other institutions.


The Master’s of Science program in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management is a unique, innovative program with three concentrations: Health Informatics, Knowledge Management, and User Experience Design.  All three concentrations of the Master’s program are offered fully online. In addition, post-Bachelor’s Graduate Certificates are offered in the areas of Health Informatics and Knowledge Management..  Our Knowledge Management program regularly offers courses in: communities of practice; organizational learning; organizational culture; knowledge organization systems; business narrative and storytelling; semantic analysis methods; document management; and knowledge assessment and evaluation. We seek a colleague interested in framing and enhancing the scope of the program, including the development of new course offerings.


Facilities include a state-of-the-art usability lab , fully-digital classrooms with the most current hardware and software, a broad range of state-of-the-art distance education tools, including interactive television and web-based synchronous and asynchronous learning technologies, such as Blackboard, as well as instructional design support.


Qualifications include (1) a Ph.D. degree in Library and Information Science, Knowledge Management or a related field; or (2) in special cases with significant professional experience and visibility, a Master’s degree in Information Science, Knowledge Management or related field with substantial experience and demonstrated leadership and scholarship in knowledge management in industry, business, non-profits or government.  As noted above,the formal job posting indicates a non-tenure track (NTT)position; however, faculty appointment level may be tenure-track or non-tenure-track, at the Associate or Full Professor rank, commensurate with experience and/or with expected or achieved doctorate.   Salary is competitive; benefits are excellent. The position is available for the Fall 2016.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; review of applicants will begin in the early Spring, 2016.  


About Applying

A letter of interest and vitae should be submitted online at https://jobs.kent.edu/postings/7278.  (Look for position #998000.) Names of at least three references should be provided with the application. For additional information about the position, interested parties should contact:


David Robins, Chair, Search Committee

School of Library and Information Science

Kent State University

P.O. Box 5190

Kent, Ohio 44242-0001

Phone (SLIS): 330/672-2782

Phone (Robins): 330/672-5852

Fax: 330/672-7965


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education and employment.  Applications from minority group members and women are



About The School of Library and Information Science

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) has a proud tradition of commitment to the professional LIS community in Ohio, with resources and newly renovated facilities at two locations in the state -- on the main campus of Kent State University in Kent and in the State Library of Ohio in Columbus. The School competes in the national arena through its quality online degree programs that boast strong, healthy enrollment. Creative, innovative, collaborative and highly productive faculty puts the School in the international spotlight with an excellent record of scholarship, teaching and obtaining grants. SLIS offers an ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), a Master of Science (MS) in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM), and a number of certificates. The School also offers specialized areas of study as part of the college-wide, interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication and Information. The MLIS is ranked 18th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, and the youth services specialization ranks 10th. Program strengths include a concentration in K-12 school librarianship and specializations in public librarianship, children's and young adult librarianship, organization of information, digital preservation, and museum studies, among others. The MS in IAKM offers concentrations in the emerging fields of health informatics, knowledge management, and user experience design. Both degrees are offered fully online.


About Kent State University

Kent State University is:


·         Ranked among the nation's top 74 public high-research universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching;

·         Recognized as a "Great College to Work For" three times by The Chronicle of Higher Education;

·         Characterized by the classic-yet-modern main campus, with beautiful buildings surrounded by park-like landscaped green spaces;

·         Located in Kent, Ohio, where a city renaissance of new restaurants and specialty shops have brought a renewed energy to an already vibrant downtown;

·         Within 40 minutes of world-class dining, museums, professional sports and Fortune 500 companies in major metropolitan areas (Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown);

·         The alma mater of more than 214,000 alumni worldwide.


Additional information about the university is available at http://www.kent.edu/.


Kent State University is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community. This is one of several core values we embrace as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of Ohio, the nation, and our world. Our diverse community reflects the unique strengths and abilities, which contribute to our pursuit of Inclusive Excellence in Action.

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