Gumberg Library at Duquesne University
Head of Teaching and Learning
Part Time or Full Time
Location of organization
Position & Job Description
Gumberg Library seeks an experienced, collaborative, and dynamic leader for its recently created Teaching and Learning Department which consists of the department head and the Instructional Design Librarian. Reporting to the Assistant University Librarian for Teaching, Research, and Engagement, and working closely with library faculty, the Head of Teaching and Learning will take Gumberg Library’s instructional programs to the next level by developing new approaches to information literacy instruction, advancing online learning initiatives, and by collaborating with campus stakeholders to incorporate and assess information literacy within the curriculum.
The successful candidate will lead the library’s strategic efforts to contribute to student success through innovative instruction and faculty and staff partnerships that focus on learners as critical and creative thinkers and knowledge producers. Information literacy is a general education requirement at Duquesne University that is met through credit bearing courses, including a groundbreaking interprofessional research skills course for the health sciences.
We are looking for a candidate with vision and demonstrated leadership skills to collaboratively evaluate and enhance existing IL programs and propose new programs with a focus on sustainability and scalability. The successful candidate will possess a strong understanding of information literacy threshold concepts, as well as experience teaching in multiple modalities in academic settings.
This is a twelve-month, non-tenure track library faculty position. Faculty librarians meet the criteria for rank and promotion through librarianship, scholarship, service, and support for Duquesne’s mission. Initial appointment rank and salary will be based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. We anticipate hiring at the rank of Associate Librarian. Duquesne University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse faculty that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic mission and enriches our campus community.
Duties and Responsibilities of Job
- Lead, manage, supervise, and mentor Teaching and Learning Department faculty librarian(s), interns, and field placements including hiring, training, goal setting, professional development, and performance evaluation.
- Collaborate with librarians, faculty, campus partners, and relevant committees to build and integrate an information literacy program supporting high-impact learning practices for undergraduate students.
- Lead development and teaching of the university’s required one-credit, general education information literacy course (UCOR 100); participate in writing and developing course texts and assignments for UCOR 100 and the interprofessional information literacy course for the health sciences (UCOR 103).
- Coordinate the scheduling of UCOR 100 and UCOR 103 information literacy courses; conduct the hiring process for adjunct instructors.
- Investigate and synthesize emerging instructional practices, methodologies, and technologies into the university’s information literacy program; provide professional development and individual consultations to library and discipline-based faculty to help them integrate information literacy and emerging technologies into their instruction.
- Lead learning outcomes assessment and program level evaluation of the information literacy program based on professional standards and developments in information literacy pedagogy; report assessment results for the information literacy courses as a Core Curriculum requirement; implement improvements in the information literacy program based on assessment data.
- Serve as faculty liaison for designated academic departments. Provide subject reference, research consultations, and instruction services. Assist faculty in selecting materials for the collection, review library holdings in assigned subject areas, and contribute to accreditation reports.
- Provide general research assistance through multiple modalities in accordance with the library’s mission and user service guidelines.
- Create complex advanced literature searches to support bibliometric analysis of scholarship, and comprehensive literature searches.
- Serve the university, library, and profession through participation in committees at each level, including leadership of selected committees and task forces.
- Participate in scholarly and professional activities including publication of journal articles and book reviews, grant writing, and presentations at regional, national, and international professional conferences that contribute to academic librarianship, information literacy instruction, and/or instructional technology.
Required Job Application Skills
- M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. from an American Library Association accredited institution or foreign equivalent
- Five years of progressively responsible professional instruction experience
- At least five years of experience as a professional librarian in an academic library setting
- Minimum two years’ experience supervising staff, interns, and/or field placement students
- Demonstrated teaching proficiency and strong commitment to student learning
- Ability to evaluate new instruction models and information literacy techniques
- Experience implementing the application of new technologies for instruction
- Experience in assessment of learning
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively within and outside of the library with diverse faculty, staff, library users, and community members
- Strong project management skills with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines
- Proven leadership and team-building skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial, collaborative work environment and maintain positive professional working relationships with disciplinary faculty members, administrators, and peers
Preferred Job Application Skills
Second master’s degree in Education or a related discipline; degree, certificate or coursework in instructional design
Diana Sasso, AUL for Teaching Research, and Engagement
How To Apply
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Date that Application Closes
Open until filled
Potential Salary & Benefits
Commensurate with experience