The University of West Georgia's Ingram Library is seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds for the position of Learning & Research Support Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Learning & Research Support, this person will contribute to the campus-wide focus on teaching and learning. Learning & Research Support Librarians are committed to developing practices informed by learning theory and pedagogy.
The successful candidate will serve as liaison to the College of Education and the Graduate School. The College of Education is the academic home of the vast majority of UWG's graduate students, making this position well positioned to lead outreach efforts designed for graduate students in general. The majority of the graduate programs at UWG are fully online, so the successful candidate should have experience with Course Management Systems as well as other tools and methods for delivering online instruction and learning objects. Liaison responsibilities to academic departments include collection management, course-integrated instruction, and research consultations.
The Learning & Research Support team is evaluating our liaison program and exploring potential new models to discuss in the 2019-20 academic year. We anticipate the successful candidate playing a role in determining the future direction of liaison services.
This librarian will have the opportunity to teach LIBR2100, Information Literacy & Research, a credit-bearing course in the core curriculum. Librarians at UWG are also encouraged to explore teaching cross-disciplinary courses in the core and co-teaching opportunities with department faculty.
Librarians also provide general reference assistance to the campus at large.
Candidates with experience in education, instructional design, and online learning, as well as those willing to develop expertise in these areas, are encouraged to apply.
As tenure-track faculty members, Learning & Research Support Librarians engage in research, publication, and service. Financial support for professional development is available to all faculty librarians, and mentoring is offered to pre-tenure Learning & Research Support Librarians. Faculty librarians serve on University Faculty Senate committees and have opportunities to participate in other university initiatives.
Any combination of professional experience, volunteer work, coursework, and other transferable skills may be applied toward the required and desired qualifications listed below. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant to this position.
- Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or ALA-recognized equivalent
- Teaching experience
- Experience creating engaging online learning opportunities for student, faculty, or community audiences
- Demonstrated experience working cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds
- Professional and pedagogical commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Evidence of ability to engage in research, presentation/publication, and service as outlined in the University’s guidelines for promotion and tenure; examples include prior presentations/publications, prior research experience, or a clear articulation of a research agenda you would pursue if hired
- Conversant in trends in teaching and learning, including, but not limited to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
- Availability to work occasional evening and/or weekend hours
- 2+ years relevant experience, which may consist of academic library experience and/or experience in other teaching or research positions
- Subject expertise in education, instructional design, online learning, or related fields
- Experience working with graduate students
- Strong desire to explore pedagogical approaches and learning theories that can enrich teaching practice
- Familiarity with assessment methods and standards
- Experience independently pursuing, managing, and completing projects
- Conversant in trends in information literacy
About the library & university
The successful candidate will join 3 other librarians on the Learning & Research Support Team of Ingram Library, which currently has a total of 13 faculty librarians. As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. We welcome applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment.
The University of West Georgia is located in Carrollton, GA, a community approximately one hour west of Atlanta. UWG is a comprehensive university with steadily increasing enrollment, currently around 13,000 students, on a beautiful 645 acre campus.
As employees of the University System of Georgia, UWG librarians enjoy free tuition for most degrees (through doctoral level) at all University System of Georgia schools. Librarians earn 14 hours of annual leave per month, 8 hours of sick time per month, and twelve assigned paid holidays per year. See http://www.westga.edu/hrpay
for other benefits information.
Rank and Salary
This is a 12-month tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank, available January 2, 2020. Salary is $63,360.
Official UWG Diversity Statement
When you “Go West,” you become part of a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion, recognizing the valuable contributions of each of our faculty, staff, and students. Our individual differences lend us a collective strength that also serves as an expression of our values and beliefs. We value every member of our community not in spite of but because of our differences in age, color, creed, education, ethnicity, gender expression, national origin, physical and cognitive ability, race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and veteran status.
To apply please submit:
- a cover letter that specifically addresses the qualifications for this position,
- curriculum vitae,
- unofficial transcripts,
- contact information for 3 references, and
- a statement of your philosophy of teaching (up to 750 words), specifically addressing how it relates to teaching a diverse student population.
Application materials should be sent to the UWG Human Resources at the address provided below. Review of applications will begin October 15. Open until filled.
Send application materials to: Alicia Hargraves-Bradford, [email protected]
The University of West Georgia is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Institution. Official transcripts are requirements for employment by the University of West Georgia. Please be advised that should you be recommended for a position, University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion of a background check as a prior condition of employment.