Teaching & Learning Librarian, Adjunct
Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, Virginia, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is one of Virginia's largest universities and among the nation's leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with 2.5 million volumes, 61,000 serials, 600,000 e-books, and nationally prominent collections in the health and biological sciences, social work, the arts, the history of medicine, and comic and book arts.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Adjunct Teaching & Learning Librarian (72.5% FTE). The successful candidate will collaborate with other members of the Cabell Library Teaching & Learning (T&L) team to integrate research and information fluency skills into the undergraduate curriculum through course-integrated instruction, the development of online learning tools, and strategic partnerships with groups and programs across the university, with a particular emphasis on the University College and Global Education Office. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.
Reporting to the Head of Teaching & Learning, the Teaching & Learning Librarian will teach classes and provide research assistance to students, primarily in the first and second years of the undergraduate curriculum. The successful candidate will provide course-integrated library instruction most often for students enrolled in University College classes focused on research writing, as well as sessions for students enrolled in courses for English Language Learners. The Teaching & Learning Librarian will teach classes, provide research consultations, and provide research assistance via email, chat, and text. The successful candidate will collaborate with members of the Teaching & Learning team to advance the overall goals of the department, including online learning initiatives and assessment efforts. S/he will also participate in outreach events such as orientations and tours of Cabell Library.
Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Preferred: Teaching experience in an academic library. Experience providing research assistance to undergraduate students. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and undergraduate education. Demonstrated success in the application of technology to support student learning and familiarity with Web authoring tools. Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment and a preference for group work. Evidence of project management skills and the ability to plan and implement programs. Excellent presentation and public speaking skills. Ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities under pressure. Strong service orientation. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries
Virginia Commonwealth University is Virginia's largest research university, enrolling nearly 32,000 students. Located in Richmond, Virginia (http://www.vcu.edu/richmond/), VCU offers 41 doctoral, 74 masters, 3 professional, and 64 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-two of VCU's graduate, professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 19 programs ranking in the top 25 and two programs — sculpture and nurse anesthesia — ranked number one. Over 3,200 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $260 million, placing VCU among the top 100 research institutions in the United States. VCU’s strategic plan embraces an acceleration in the growth of VCU’s library system and includes a new Master Site Plan that envisions additions to both library facilities operated by the VCU Libraries. Architectural work has begun on a major addition to and renovation of the James Branch Cabell Library that is expected to open in 2015.
Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University (including the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus) employ 51 professionals and 90 support staff with an annual budget exceeding $17.5 million. VCU also operates programs in Doha, Qatar, including a library supporting the program there, Northern Virginia, and in various additional locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, SPARC, CNI, BioMed Central, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. The VCU Libraries has adopted Primo as its discovery layer and is one of the first libraries worldwide to have implemented Alma as its next generation cloud-based system for library management. CONTENTdm and DSpace supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.
The Monroe Park Campus of VCU is located in Richmond's Fan District, a large, residential neighborhood of townhouses, shops, and cafes. The campus is home to most of the University’s undergraduate and many of its graduate programs, including the School of the Arts, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Social Work. The School of Social Work also offers the Masters of Social Work at the Northern Virginia Campus in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition, VCU’s Qatar campus in the Middle East offers degree programs through the School of the Arts.
The VCU University College opened its doors in the fall of 2006 and is a central home for university-wide programs and resources that help to advance students’ undergraduate experience. Through academic advising, tutoring, writing assistance, group study sessions, orientation programs and courses introducing students to the demands of a university education, the UC provides opportunities for VCU students to achieve greater levels of academic success. To learn more about the College’s mission, goals and curriculum, please visit: http://www.vcu.edu/uc.
Salary: Salary not less than $32,000 annually. This is an adjunct faculty position (72.5% FTE) and does not include benefits. The appointment is available immediately and will end May 31, 2015.
For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page at http://www.library.vcu.edu/. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Submit cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:
Pamela H. Fraga
Assistant to the University Librarian
VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University
901 Park Avenue
PO Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.