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Assistant Professor - Reference & Instruction Librarian

Job description

A Community College District in Puyallup and Lakewood, Washington 
invites applications for the position of:
  .Assistant Professor - Reference & Instruction Librarian

SALARY: See Position Description

OPENING DATE: 03/21/18

CLOSING DATE: 05/06/18 05:00 PM


Join our Student-Centered College!
Pierce College seeks librarians who are passionate about student learning. The ideal candidate for this position finds our diverse population inspiring and wishes to join our efforts developing innovative ways of teaching information literacy. With teaching as a focus, librarians work with faculty across multiple disciplines as well as on a variety of projects that promote academic success, such as student retention and degree completion. If this description resonates with you, we invite you to consider our equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their goals.

About the Program:
The successful candidate will join a dynamic library that encourages a "library as classroom" model. Through high-quality instruction provided via reference, course-integrated instruction, and credit courses, we enable students to thrive in an information-based society. Librarians form a crucial part of the college's mission dedicated to student success. For these reasons, we look for candidates with strong pedagogical foundations who can help transition students developmentally through the college experience.

About Pierce College:
Pierce College is an innovative community college committed to student engagement and learning. We value student learning experiences that foster equity and diversity in the classroom and expand into our local and global communities. From closing achievement gaps for all students to building directed career pathways, faculty, staff, and administrators work collaboratively to lead initiatives that advance student success. The college serves over 15,000 students in basic skills, transfer, and professional technical programs. Through continuous efforts, we have improved retention rates by 17% and graduation rates by 89%. This year, Pierce was named a top community college in several national polls.
Pierce College employees and students live and work in various communities that offer the diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles in the Pacific Northwest. As part of the community and technical college system in Washington State, the District includes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as other extended learning sites. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Library responsibilities of the successful candidate include:

  • Contributing to an active teaching schedule that includes regular reference desk shifts, course integrated library instruction sessions, and credit bearing classes
    • Teaching and developing course integrated library instruction sessions for grounded classes and creating information competency instructional materials for online students
    • Teaching a 2 credit Information Studies class in either online or hybrid format and collaborating with library faculty in the continual refinement of these courses
  • Participating in the development of the library's print and online collections
  • Engaging in a leadership role on library projects and emerging initiatives. Examples include: grant management, Open Educational Resources (OER), guidance on copyright and fair use, and work on statewide projects
  • Working with staff and adjunct librarians to create a library and an environment that support student success.

Institutional responsibilities of the successful candidate include:

  • Demonstrating an understanding of historically disadvantaged populations and teaching in a way that reflects a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, and engages marginalized and oppressed groups
  • Incorporating active student learning and appropriate technology use in the classroom
  • Continuously revising teaching in response to assessment data
  • Designing learning experiences that assist students in achieving course, program, and degree outcomes
  • Advising and mentoring students from recruitment to completion;
  • Engaging in shared governance and district-wide efforts to improve student success
  • Working collaboratively
  • Participating with other faculty in the First-Year Faculty Cohort.


  • Master's Degree in Library and Information Science, Information Studies, or related field
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Ability to apply an instructional philosophy when serving students and faculty
  • Ability to manage individual projects while simultaneously working in a team environment where creativity, collaboration, and flexibility are essential
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally in multiple formats and contexts
  • Experience teaching Information Literacy
  • Experience performing on-the-spot reference interviews on a variety of topics for a range of learners
  • Interest in continuing to learn and grow professionally as a librarian and community college faculty member.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Application Requirements:
To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following items in their application package:

  1. Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the assigned responsibilities (Cover Letter).
  2. Responses to the following:  Pierce College and the Pierce College Library value equity, diversity, and inclusion.  We strive to be a library that reflects the experience and voices of diverse populations, and where all students know they belong. What have you done in the past (or what ideas do you have for the future) that could contribute to this effort?  How do you envision yourself contributing to a broader Pierce College goal of closing  gaps in degree/certificate completion for all student populations by 2020?
     (Supplemental Question).
  3. Detailed curriculum vitae of all educational and professional experience, which includes a list of courses taught (Curriculum Vitae).
  4. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts that include degree received and confer date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: http://naces.org/members.htm. (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required prior to hire) (Transcripts).
  5. A list of four current professional references with name, relationship to candidate, address, email address, and telephone number. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of a list of professional references (References).

Terms of Employment:
This position, which is contingent upon funding, is a full-time, tenure-track assignment of 173 contracted days per year with the tenure process starting in September 2018, and with the opportunity to start working an earlier quarter. Assignment may include district discipline/program coordination, as well as evening, hybrid, and/or online teaching. This is a District position with a "home" campus assignment. Initial placement of this position will be at the Puyallup campus. Candidates will be working for a District Dean and will be required to attend district meetings as well as collaborate with colleagues across the district and across departments.
Initial salary placement is based on the current full-time faculty salary schedule and is dependent upon education and experience. Salary placement for newly hired full-time faculty will be at one of five levels based upon qualifications including teaching experience and credentials. The five levels range from $51,462 to $55,751 per 173-day academic year. Opportunities for summer employment and other assignments are in addition to the base salary.
Reasonable Accommodation:
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342.  Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service
Screening & Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and have met the required qualifications will be considered. The most desirable candidates will be contacted for an interview. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Conditions of Employment:

  • As a condition of employment, all Full-time Faculty bargaining unit members must either join the Pierce College Federation of Teachers or pay a representation fee.
  • An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
  • Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in this policy.

The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at: [email protected].

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following: 

Holly Gorski, Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, Washington 98498
(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer 
(253) 864-3229




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Job No: F1811
Posted: 3/30/2018
Application Due: 5/6/2018
Work Type:
Salary: $51,462-$55,751