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Fellow in Open Access & Education Initiatives/Assistant Professor of Library Media

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Position Information

Job Title Fellow in Open Access & Education Initiatives/Assistant Professor of Library Media
Job Description

This position will be the driving force in the University’s open textbook initiative. Will work with individual faculty and departments looking for opportunities to adopt open access textbooks across the curriculum with priority on general education courses. Will track adoptions, effect on student learning, and fiscal savings for students.

This position is a four-year term, non-tenure track appointment.

General Duties & Responsibilities

1. Promotes, develops and manages the University initiative in adopting existing institutional resources and open education resources (EIR/OER) across the curriculum in any media.
a. Works with departments and faculty to address concerns about EIR/OER, identify suitable EIR/OER materials for faculty consideration, and identify and implement EIR/OER adoptions in targeted courses.
b. Helps faculty develop assignments to develop research skills, and coordinates with Instruction Librarians to teach those skills.
c. Coordinates initiative activity with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, bookstore, and initiative personnel.
2. Works with Institutional Research staff and Assessment Librarian to design, study, and track concerns and use of EIR/OERs among faculty and students, and the effects on student expenditures and learning outcomes; documents and reports on the EIR/OER initiative.
3. Advises faculty, staff, and students in the development and implementation of EIR/OER publishing/dissemination initiatives; coordinate editorial review and production processes for OERs created by SUU faculty.
4. Follows OER efforts at other institutions and in other states for data, implementation strategies, best practices, including training and involvement in the Open Textbook Network.
5. Teaches two assigned sections of LM1010, Information Literacy in either the ENGL2010/ LM1010 co-requisite or as stand-alone sections, one during each fall and spring term.
6. Works collegially with other faculty and staff individually and on committees.
7. Staffs the Questions desk as assigned.
8. Other duties to sustain and promote the initiative as required and assigned by library administration.

Required Qualifications

1. MLS from ALA-accredited library school or foreign equivalent, or Ph. D. in a relevant field.
2. Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in an academic environment.
3. Strong interpersonal skills to work successfully with a wide variety of constituents.
4. Strong organizational, written, and oral-communication skills.
5. Evidence of ability to work independently and collegially.
6. Commitment to effective service.

In accordance with Utah State Code 53B-1-110, appointment to this position is contingent upon the successful passing of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience with institutional repository software, policies, management.
2. Experience with small presses, production management, peer-review processes.
3. Working knowledge of production processes for scholarly print and electronic resources.
4. Working knowledge of copyright law; Creative Commons licensing; open educational resource (OER) policies and management.
5. Information technology-related certifications or second advanced degree in a computer technology-related field.
6. Experience or commitment to teaching at the college level (online and/or face-to-face).
7. Experience in academic public-service librarianship.

Physical Demands

Requires frequent conversation with faculty in English interpersonally and by telephone (requiring both hearing and clear speech).

Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Hours worked/day 8
Months/year 10.5
Tenure/Non-Tenure Track Non-Tenure Track
Salary or Salary Range $52,000, Excellent benefits

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F1600092
Open Date 04/03/2017
First Consideration Date 05/02/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant

Writing Sample: Submit a 5 to 15 page sample of your writing that demonstrates coherent professional argument and analysis, writing, and citation.

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (1)
  4. Contact Information for at least 3 Professional References
  5. Writing Sample
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