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Assistant ProfessorWorking Title:
Assistant Professor - Research & Instruction Subject Librarian - #002091Department:
Access, Research & Instruction ServicesAbout WCU:
Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America’s Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of America’s Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU’s main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Position Summary:
Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.
Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.
The librarian in this position will provide a full range of research assistance, information literacy instruction, outreach, and collection development services to students and faculty in the disciplines of English, Political Science and Public Affairs, Communication, and Anthropology and Sociology, and other constituencies as assigned. Special aspects of the position include supporting all users’ discovery of Hunter Library’s rich collection of historical resources in print, microform, and digital formats, unique materials in Special Collections, and interdisciplinary resources such as retrospective newspaper collections.Carnegie statement:
All ARIS librarians at Hunter Library provide interdisciplinary, high-quality research assistance and library instruction in a collegial environment and work on a flexible schedule, including work outside traditional business hours. ARIS librarians also participate—both on campus and at other instructional sites—in an active information literacy program and collaborate with colleagues in library-wide decision-making and initiatives. The successful candidate will assume responsibility for additional duties, projects, assignments, and initiatives as needed or assigned. Hunter Library is a progressive and innovative organization and serves a growing, dynamic university. It has a decades-long reputation for world-class service to faculty and students. Professional scholarship and development are expected and supported.
This is a 12-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position reporting to the Head of Access, Research and Instruction Services. The successful candidate will be professionally engaged, inquisitive, creative, and fully committed to fulfilling tenure requirements in teaching/librarianship, service, and scholarship.
The anticipated hiring range for this position is $60,000. Offerings and benefits include 24 days of annual vacation leave, 12 days of annual sick leave, and a choice of medical and retirement plans. See our Human Resources website for more information about benefits (https://www.wcu.edu/discover/campus-services-and-operations/human-resources-and-payroll/index.aspx)
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarshipKnowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:
- Experience providing research and reference assistance to library users in an interdisciplinary environment.
- Demonstrated understanding of principles and best practices of information literacy instruction.
- Knowledge of a wide range of information tools and sources and a creative, persistent approach to finding authoritative information.
- Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work productively, both independently and as a part of a team.
- Time management and organizational skills to balance a varied workload, including scholarship and service.
- Strong commitment to public service.
- Initiative to provide outreach to students, faculty, and other constituencies.
- Flexibility to adapt and respond to the ever-changing landscape of information services in an academic library.
- A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program of library or information science, or an international equivalent.
- Experience providing research and/or reference assistance to library users.
- Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.
- An academic or professional background in the humanities and/or social sciences.
- Classroom teaching experience.
- Experience with instructional design software such as LibGuides, Camtasia, or Captivate.
Permanent Full-TimeNumber of Hours Per Week:
40Number of Months Per Year:
11/10/2023Open Until Filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Candidates will be required to attach a letter of application, resume, and names Background/E-Verify:
and telephone numbers of three references.
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Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Credential Verification:
Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.
All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.AA/EOE:
Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.University Safety:
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