Assistant Professor - Research and Instruction Librarian

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Assistant Professor - Research and Instruction Librarian

Position Title
Assistant Professor - Research and Instruction Librarian


Assistant Professor (12-months)

FLSA status

Hiring Salary
Commensurate with education and experience.

Position Type
Full-Time Tenure Track

Newton Gresham Library

Newton Gresham Library


Contact Name
Lisa Shen

Director of Library Public Services Newton Gresham Library Sam Houston State University PO Box 2179 Huntsville, TX 77341-2179

Contact Phone

Contact Email
[email protected]

Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job
Basic Function and Responsibility: The Research and Instruction Librarian is responsible for providing professional reference/information services to patrons, participating in the library’s instruction program, and building relationships with the university community to meet their teaching, learning, and research needs. This particular position will serve as the primary subject liaison librarian for English and Communication Studies, and collaborate with other librarians in related subject areas to support the research and instructional needs of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Arts and Media. Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities: . Works with students, faculty, staff, and other library users in locating and interpreting library resources in all subject areas. This includes the use of the OPAC, electronic resources, and traditional printed resources which will satisfy information needs. . Serves as bibliographer for collection development in designated subject disciplines and to recommend materials for purchase, serve as liaison with the faculty in designated departments, facilitate library orders from the faculty, promote the use of the library services and facilities among the faculty. Recommends reference materials for purchase. . Prepares guides, web-based tutorials, and content/subject modules that teach research skills, including facilitating access to collections. . Provides formal and informal library instruction and/or research assistance to groups and individuals as needed or as assigned. . Maintains a current working knowledge of reference tools in the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, education, sciences, health sciences, and business. . Develops expertise in assigned subject areas and maintains current awareness of new reference initiatives. . Reviews new library materials and informs appropriate faculty of those items that could be useful in their courses or research. . Collaborates with the Instruction Librarian and the other Research and Instruction Librarians to design and develop outreach services to meet information needs of students and promotes awareness of library services and resources. . Participates in assessment of library services. . Keeps abreast of activities and changes in the profession by attending meetings; reading professional literature and developing research interests. . Works with other public service personnel to provide coordinated information services. . Interprets library policies and procedures for the public. . Participates in professional activities, professional development, scholarly research, publication and service activities as outlined in Academic Policy Statement 900417, Faculty Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion. . Participates in the Reference rotation including some nights and weekends. . Other duties as assigned. Reports to the Head of Research & Instructional Services.

Educational Requirements for the Position
Master’s degree in library/information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).

Experience Required for the Position
Preferred Qualifications: Some undergraduate or graduate coursework, or academic library experience, in English or Communication Studies

Other Requirements for the Position
This is a 12 month position. Beginning date January 2021.

Special Instructions Summary
Please note: References provided in the References section of the application will receive an automated email reference request at the time the application is submitted.

Open Until Filled

EEO Statement
Sam Houston State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code 51.215.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn about this position?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HBCU Connect - Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    • HACU - Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
    • The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
    • Association for Women in Science
    • TWC - Work in Texas
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • HERC - Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
    • SHSU Website
    • SHSU Employee
    • Other
  2. If your response to the question above was "Other" please indicate from what source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have a Master's Degree from an institution accredited by the American Library Association (ALA)?
    • yes
    • no
  4. * Please, briefly describe any previous experience you have working in an academic library.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please briefly describe any previous instructional experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

Candidate Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae (Faculty)
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3




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Job No:
Posted: 10/16/2020
Application Due: 1/14/2021
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