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Adjunct Professor of Library Management, Marshall School of Business

Department of Management & Organization- Chair Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program seeks dynamic and innovative part-time and adjunct faculty members to teach the 100% online degree program. Due to its recent accreditation by the American Library Association, the MMLIS program anticipates unprecedented growth in student enrollment.

Reporting to the Director of the Master of Management in Library and Information Science program, the non-tenure track faculty members will begin teaching as early as the 2017 summer semester (May) and beyond. Appointments will be on a semester-by-semester basis with flexible contracts to accommodate up to three semesters of 15-week courses for fall, spring and summer. These positionsworking at a distance with online supportrequire firm grounding and experience in management and LIS.

The successful candidates must demonstrate a combination of skills and confidence that will transform education in library and information science through the integration of leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities across the curriculum. They will be well-recognized and regarded professionals providing demonstrable leadership to the field.


The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology, and international business. USC’s diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. For more information, visit


The MMLIS degree granting entity, USC Marshall School of Business, is renowned for its high-ranking undergraduate, graduate, international and executive education programs, an exceptional faculty engaged in leading-edge research, a diverse and creative student body, and a commitment to technological advancement. The research productivity of Marshall's 200 full-time faculty ranks among the top 15 business schools in the world. For more information, visit


Reporting to the Director of the MMLIS program the successful candidates will:

  • Design, teach and assess courses for the MMLIS degree program
  • Teach in a synchronous online learning environment
  • Assess student learning outcomes
  • Plan, promote, and assess results of their teaching in the MMLIS program


Minimum qualifications: MLIS from an ALA accredited program or a related field and senior experience appropriate to a graduate academic program offered in management. In addition, candidates must provide examples of:

  • Experience developing and teaching academic courses in management and library and information science at the graduate level
  • Experience working in management and/or leadership roles within the library profession
  • Experience with teaching or instructional methods and principles, particularly in an online environment
  • Experience assessing student learning outcomes
  • Experience using social media, computer-assisted learning applications, or have previous experience using technology to support instruction and learning
  • Demonstrate skill in responsiveness to diverse student populations
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a collegial, collaborative environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Experience in solving problems independently and collaboratively

Desirable qualifications: A PhD (or equivalent) completed or near completion and a combination of academic/professional qualifications is desired.


Rank: Non-tenure track Adjunct Professor

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. These positions are subject to the requirements and needs of the MMLIS program.  Candidates cannot be USC students.


Applications must be submitted online.

As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains the following:

1) A letter clearly indicating area(s) of specialization and teaching experience as well as a concise statement of any current and future research directions and funding.

2) A curriculum vitae or resume.

3) A sample of teaching evaluations.

4) A list of at least three academic/professional references that includes the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each referee.

5) Answers to supplemental questions (limited to one page for each question):

a) Briefly describe your reasons for wanting to join the MMLIS team.

b) Explain the contribution you might make to an evidence-based online graduate school program.

Closing date for applications: Open until filled

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Gary Shaffer, Search Committee Chair, at

REQ20041226 Posted Date: 03/09/2017 - Thru date - 12/31/2017

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