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Assistant Professor-Science Instruction and Outreach Librarian

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A resume/CV; and 2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. (When you address the minimum/required qualifications in your cover letter, please include examples of specific projects completed in the workplace, as part of your education, as a student, or in volunteer work.) You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process. For additional information please contact: Uta Hussong-Christian Associate Professor Librarian for College of Public Health & Human Sciences/College of Science (Interim) Oregon State University uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu OSU is committed to a culture of civility, respect, and inclusivity. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, OSU values diversity in our faculty and staff regardless of their self-identity; to that end, we particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Position Details

Position Information

Department Library (DLB)
Position Title Assistant Professor
Job Title Assistant Professor-Science Instruction and Outreach Librarian
Appointment Type Academic Teaching/Research Faculty
Job Location Corvallis
Position Appointment Percent 100
Appointment Basis 12
Faculty Status Regular
Tenure Status Tenure Track (Annual)
Pay Method Salary
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range $55,008
Position Summary

The Oregon State University Libraries & Press (OSULP) invites energetic, self-starter, and social justice-oriented individuals to apply for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor-Science Instruction and Outreach Librarian position. Beginning or early-career librarians are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will join a very collaborative and highly engaged team of library faculty and staff. The primary assignment for the librarian in this position is to collaboratively liaise with the College of Science, which includes the departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Chemistry, Integrative Biology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, and Statistics.

The librarian will work with campus and library colleagues to build relationships in order to develop and promote library instruction, programs, services, and outreach initiatives. This position is particularly focused on supporting historically underrepresented students in science such as students of color, first-generation students, and women. The Science Instruction and Outreach Librarian will also undertake research to inform practice and contribute to scholarly conversations in journals, at conferences, and in other appropriate outlets. This position reports to the Head of the Libraries’ Teaching and Engagement Department.

OSU has an institution-wide commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce in order to support a diverse student body and to model the strengths inherent in a diverse community. Therefore we encourage job candidates who bring a wide range of perspectives and lived experiences to consider working for OSU. The successful candidate will find a welcoming and supportive campus environment.

In order to build and support diversity within STEM education and STEM fields, OSU has specific forward-looking initiatives such as STEM Leaders, LSAMP, and participates in the ADVANCE grant. As the primary constituency for the Science Instruction and Outreach Librarian, the award-winning faculty from the College of Science are noted for their teaching excellence, engagement with the advancement of science in the public sphere, and innovative environmental solutions.

OSULP is a progressive organization that contributes actively to the teaching and research mission of the University. The Valley Library is a medium-sized research library with an updated learning commons, a newly-integrated Undergrad Research & Writing Studio, and excellent teaching facilities, including a dedicated library classroom. OSULP offers a collaborative, fast-paced work environment that is focused on providing innovative services and resources to our students, faculty, and staff. OSULP is a member of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance and the Greater Western Library Alliance.

Oregon State University is located about 1.5 to 2 hours south of the Portland metro area in Corvallis, Oregon. Corvallis is a small, classic college town with vibrant restaurants, arts and culture, strong schools, and a robust vision for a sustainable future (Imagine Corvallis 2040). It is situated about an hour from the beautiful Oregon coast and two hours from the Cascade mountains.

Position Duties

60% – Instruction and Outreach

● Works collaboratively with the College of Science, campus partners, OSULP science librarians and other library colleagues to develop programs and resources that contribute to student retention and success, particularly focused on supporting historically underrepresented science students such as students of color, first-generation students, and women.
● Plans, implements and assesses instruction and outreach initiatives primarily targeting College of Science students, and other STEM-focused programs as needs arise.
● Collaborates with academic faculty, graduate teaching assistants, local community leaders, and other members of the OSU community to develop effective research assignments and learning experiences for OSU students.
● Develops online learning modules, tutorials, and web pages.
● Identifies, builds, sustains and assesses relationships with campus units and organizations like STEM Leaders and student groups working to increase representation of traditionally underrepresented students in science fields.
● Assesses student learning outcomes, and contributes to department-wide learning assessment efforts.
● Contributes to the strategic development of OSULP’s instruction program and to the shared governance of the Teaching and Engagement Department.

15% – Cross-Departmental Duties

● Provides research help and expertise in face-to-face and virtual consultations for the liaison areas, the Undergrad Research and Writing Studio, or OSULP’s general reference service.
● Works collaboratively with OSULP colleagues to support cross-departmental initiatives related to strategic plan goals.
● Works with library faculty to share strategies and identify opportunities related to library collections and other resources.
● Contributes to library-wide conversations about strategic directions.

15% – Scholarship Derived from Primary Assignment

● Conducts research that relates to library, or information science, and contributes to the appropriate scholarly community.
● Communicates the results of research and engages in professional dialogue with peers locally, nationally and internationally at scholarly and professional conferences; communicates directly with the national or international community of practice using appropriate media.
● Produces scholarly contributions for refereed journals, scholarly books and book chapters, conference proceedings, and other appropriate scholarly outlets.
• Archives and preserves work products in appropriate places which may include learning object or institutional repositories, and on professional websites.

10% – Service

● Demonstrates collegiality by actively participating in the governance and decision-making undertaken by library faculty.
● Represents the library on campus-wide committees, task forces and project groups supporting student engagement, academic success and/or diversity in science.
● Participates in regional and national professional organizations and societies.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

● Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA accredited institution or foreign equivalent received by the time of hire.
● Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Science, or at least 1 year of substantial and demonstrated experience with instruction or outreach to science students in an educational context.
● Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with departments, programs, community organizations, or groups.
● Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver educational programming, for example teaching, training, facilitating discussions, delivering workshops or informative presentations.
● Demonstrated awareness of the challenges faced by historically underrepresented students in science such as students of color, first-generation students, and women, and demonstrated ability to design services and programs to enhance these students’ success.
● Demonstrated ability to foster and support equity and inclusion in learning or other environments.
● A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

● Three or more years of substantial and demonstrated instruction or outreach to science students in an educational context.
● Teaching experience in a higher education setting.
● Demonstrated ability to contribute to the scholarly and/or professional conversation.
● Relevant coursework in or familiarity with classroom and programmatic assessment techniques.
● Familiarity with current trends in experiential learning spaces (for example, Makerspaces, visualization labs, etc.)
● Relevant coursework in or experience with pedagogy, andragogy, instructional design and/or student development theory.
● Relevant coursework in, or familiarity with, the delivery of reference services.
● Demonstrated ability to use software applications and tools to create digital content.
● Familiarity with current trends in scholarly communication and data management in science fields.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P01905UF
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 06/30/2018
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Posting Date 02/09/2018
Full Consideration Date
Closing Date 03/08/2018
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. (When you address the minimum/required qualifications in your cover letter, please include examples of specific projects completed in the workplace, as part of your education, as a student, or in volunteer work.)

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:
Uta Hussong-Christian
Associate Professor
Librarian for College of Public Health & Human Sciences/College of Science (Interim)
Oregon State University
uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu

OSU is committed to a culture of civility, respect, and inclusivity. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, OSU values diversity in our faculty and staff regardless of their self-identity; to that end, we particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * *Describe a time when you designed a learning experience. In your discussion, include specific descriptions of the choices you made about what learning content to include or exclude, how you structured learning activities to support a range of learners, and what changes you might make if you were delivering this content again. Experiences based on coursework, volunteer work, or in a work setting are all acceptable examples. 500 word limit.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * *Given that this position is supporting traditionally underrepresented students, please discuss a meaningful experience you had while interacting with groups of people who are different from you. Please include a short description of the experience along with a reflection on how your own cultural influences and ways of living might have affected your experience. Experiences inside or outside the college and university setting are acceptable. 500 word limit.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Professional References
Optional Documents