Saturday, October 22, 2011

Head of Research & Instruction Services

Posting Title: Head of Research & Instruction Services
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor  
Auraria Library at UCD: Downtown Campus in Denver
Position Type :Faculty  
Date Opened :10-10-2011  
Date Closed :Open Until Filled
Full/Part Time : Full-time  
Background Check Required?   Yes  

Posting Description:
The Auraria Library, serving the University of Colorado Denver, Downtown Denver Campus; Metropolitan State College of Denver; and the Community College of Denver, seeks a dynamic, energetic, and innovative individual to serve as the Head of Research and Instruction Services.

The Head of Research and Instruction Services is a dynamic and strategic manager of the daily operations and staff for collection development, research assistance, and instruction services for Auraria Library. This is a tenure-track faculty position that reports to the Associate Director for Education, Research, and Information Services. This position coordinates the work of the Library's Subject Teams which are charged with fulfilling the educational missions of the Auraria Library and the three institutions on the Auraria Campus-the University of Colorado Denver, the Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Community College of Denver. This position is an active member of the Library's Professional Studies Subject Team, which is comprised of subject specialists with knowledge of disciplinary content areas, educational approaches and learning pedagogy, library research strategies, and/or collection development and evaluation. The Professional Studies Team disciplines include public affairs/administration, international or governmental studies/affairs, business, hospitality, health administration, sports & leisure, criminal justice, and law.

Position Classification and Salary:
This is a tenured/tenure-track faculty position with a minimum salary of $60,000 commensurate with skills, experience, and rank. The incumbent may be initially appointed as a non-tenure track, senior instructor and then moved into a tenure-track position effective July 1, 2012. To be appointed with tenure, one must be tenured at a comparable academic institution and meet the Auraria Library's criteria for tenure and promotion. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility is located at

About Us:
The downtown campus is located in the heart of the city's commercial, cultural and recreational district. Its location in downtown Denver attracts a diverse population, comprising primarily commuters, many of whom are non-traditional students. This diversity is enriched by our commitment to a philosophy of inclusion, embedded in all aspects of campus life from its community members, curriculum, research and community service, allowing for the creation of a learning environment that welcomes, embraces, sustains and celebrates the unique and shared experiences of faculty, staff and students.

The Library is dedicated to providing an environment which stimulates and nourishes the growth of ideas. This is accomplished through collections and services that support the curriculum, ranging from vocational training to doctoral programs. For more information about the Library and the campus, visit:  

Examples of Work Performed:
§  Supervises librarians and staff with primary responsibility for collection development, research, and instruction services within the Subject Team environment. Creates annual goals and participates in strategic planning for these areas with the ERI Services Leadership Team which reports to the Associate Director.
§  Working with Subject Teams, the Instruction Project Leader, and the Instructional Designer, creates curriculum integration strategies for development and delivery of high-quality, learner-centered instructional programs for faculty and students using appropriate technologies and evaluative measures.
§  As an active member of the Library Professional Studies Subject Team, cultivates and sustains collaborations with academic faculty to enhance teaching and learning success in the Professional Studies disciplines through curriculum integration of the Library strategic plan goals of informed learning and information literacy
§  Teaches Library instruction classes in one or more of the Professional Studies areas in both a f2f and online environment.
§  Designs, implements, and evaluates learning partnerships both programmatically and with individual academic faculty within the Professional Studies disciplines.
§  Conceptualizes, implements, delivers, and promotes research help services (virtual and f2f) across a large, complex, and rapidly changing information landscape. Furthers the integration of technology into the Library's research services program, including involvement in continuous quality improvements aimed at (re)designing services to most effectively meet the needs of Library users and thereby position the Library as a recognized contributor to student, faculty, and staff learning.
§  Adopts/adapts, develops, and promotes new and technologically innovative information tools, services, and digital learning materials to be used in or outside the classroom to meet the 'anytime, anyplace' information needs of the campus' tri-institutional constituencies.
§  Other duties as assigned including the possibility of working nights and weekends as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
§  Demonstrates initiative, creativity, and ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing, team-oriented environment.
§  Develops, maintains, and shares an understanding of the goals and needs of the teaching, learning, research, and service programs across the campus and across the Library's Subject Teams to guide and model proactive outreach to academic faculty, staff, and students.
§  Demonstrates familiarity with library research methodologies, information use patterns, learning pedagogy, educational technologies, and information resources.
§  Experience with emerging and established technologies in academic libraries, including web site design and web 2.0 tools.
§  Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with assessment tools and methods, including informed learning approaches and culturally diverse aspects, with applied expertise in co-designing information literacy learning outcomes for the disciplines with the academic teaching faculty.
§  Embraces an environment of continual professional development, improvement and learning; thus, remains current in the field and supports others in doing so as well.
§  Demonstrates experience working successfully with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, including international scholars, faculty, and students.
§  Demonstrated potential for research, scholarly, and/or professional achievement at the national level.
§  Identifies and sets priorities, manages projects, and meets deadlines.  

Required Education/Experience/Skills (Minimum Qualifications)

§  Master's degree in library and information sciences
§  Terminal degree in one of the following areas: public affairs/administration, international or governmental studies/affairs, business, hospitality, health administration, sports & leisure, criminal justice, or law OR significant experience in one of the Professional Studies disciplines that includes at least one of the following: instruction, instructional design, collection development, and/or high level of research methodology competency.
§  Two years experience in an academic environment supervising librarians and/or faculty.
§  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including writing clear, concise documentation and effective public speaking.
§  Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with a strong commitment to student learning.  

Desired qualifications

§  ALA accredited graduate degree in Library and Information Sciences or its foreign equivalent
§  Experience in applying instructional design/educational technology techniques and information literacy concepts in a higher education environment, including in academic libraries.
§  Experience in formal assessment of learning outcomes in a higher education environment, including academic libraries.
§  Experience in collection development in academic libraries.
§  Experience working successfully with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, including students, international scholars, faculty, staff, and administrators.  

Applications are only accepted online at 

Applicants should provide the following:

§  A letter of application detailing how your education, background and experience relate to the required and preferred qualifications
§  A current vita
§  Three professional references and their contact information

Although this position is open until filled, full consideration will be given to applications received by November 25, 2011.

UCD is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.  

 Job Posting Contact : Marical Farner  

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