Head of the Learning Commons and Tenure-Track Associate Professor

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Head of the Learning Commons and Tenure-Track Associate Professor —Search # 67851
Georgia Southern University Libraries – Learning Common

Georgia Southern University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of the Learning Commons and Tenure-Track Associate Professor. The home campus for this position will be the Armstrong campus.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,900 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The "new" Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Believing that diversity contributes to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, the University Libraries are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty to support, promote and serve a diverse student body and to promote inclusive excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the University Libraries' diversity and inclusion efforts and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.

Position Description. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the incumbent will provide leadership and oversee the development and delivery of services in support of student learning. The position requires commitment to student success and the provision of excellent service, as well as strengths in outreach, collaboration, supervision, instruction, technological innovation, assessment, and ability to adapt to change. The Head of the Learning Commons is responsible for the Supervision and evaluation of three Learning Commons Associates, two part-time Learning Commons Assistants, and several student workers. The position involves providing services at the Learning Commons service desk and may include some night and weekend work. Additionally, this position will work closely with the Georgia Southern Libraries Reference and Instruction liaison librarians, the Head of Systems, and the campus Information Technology Services Department.

The position is a fiscal year (12 month), faculty-ranked, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree from an American Library Association accredited program in library/information studies.
  • A minimum of 5 years full-time professional (post-MLIS) experience in academic libraries is required along with a record of research productivity that includes peer reviewed publications and presentations in professional venues.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience directly related to the operation of a department or unit, including the supervision of student workers and professional staff.
  • Familiarity with a wide array of technical library systems, database processes, and library operations.
  • Ability to effectively and easily communicate technical topics to novices and undergraduate students.
  • Experience managing a departmental budget that includes identifying needs, purchasing equipment and managing funds.
  • Experience providing training, guides or instructional materials on software and/or hardware for students and/or staff.
  • Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ability to work collaboratively with diverse colleagues, students, and faculty
  • Experience creating or implementing technological programming in support of student success.
  • Experience participating in the assessment or enhancement of existing technology as well as new technology related to services deployed.
  • Experience coordinating building security and facilities maintenance
  • Ability to lift 20lbs, push/pull book cart, and stand/step/reach/bend as necessary to assist library users with or without accommodation.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrable experience working with colleagues on new technology projects, supporting innovative technologies, and finding solutions to technological issues.
  • Experience designing or administering quantitative or qualitative assessments to evaluate services.
  • Experience working in a Learning Commons or other technology heavy environment.
  • Experience creating and carrying out a technology plan for a department.

    Screening of applications begins August 2, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is November 1, 2021. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence.

    A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation.

    Applications and nominations should be sent to:

    Ann Fuller, Search Chair, Search # 67851
    Georgia Southern University
    Electronic mail: [email protected]
    Telephone: 912-344-3006

    More information about the institution is available through http://www.georgiasouthern.edu or https://library.georgiasouthern.edu/ . The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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