Instruction Librarian (Tenure Track, Assistant Professor)

Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States

Job description

The Central Michigan University is seeking a creative and energetic librarian to join the CMU Libraries as an Instruction Librarian. This full-time, tenure-track position reports to the Director of Library Research & Instruction Services.

The Instruction Librarian will be expected to lead the Libraries’ effort to craft and implement a comprehensive instructional strategy in line with the curricular and pedagogical needs of the university. The successful candidate will identify instructional best practices, incorporate student-centered learning outcomes in the Libraries’ instructional activities, and engage in assessment activities. Incorporation of information literacy standards and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education will be a part of this position. This position is responsible for the administration and teaching of LIB 197, a one-credit library skills course, as well as introductory level courses in a variety of disciplines.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a formalized plan and goals for library instruction to CMU departments and classes
  • Identify instructional best practices and share them with the teaching librarians;
  • Incorporate student-centered learning outcomes into all instruction
  • Help librarians move from face-to-face to online instruction through an understanding of online teaching best practices, theories of andragogy, etc.
  • Map information literacy concepts into relevant university courses
  • Engage with other librarians and campus faculty to develop discipline-appropriate instruction
  • Develop innovative tools and services for effective library instruction to face-to-face and online classes
  • Develop and implement methods to assess the effectiveness of library instruction
  • Take primary responsibility for the administration, scheduling, and teaching of the library’s LIB 197 course
  • Provide instruction sessions to ENG 101 and 201 and other general and introductory courses
  • Monitor trends and best practices in library instruction and incorporate them as applicable within the Libraries’ instructional efforts

Additional responsibilities:

  • Serve on library and university committees as appropriate
  • Participate in library marketing, outreach, and publicity activities
  • Participate in and contribute to strategic planning to advance the library’s mission and vision
  • Meet university standards for tenure and promotion– American Library Association accredited master’s degree or equivalent
  • Familiarity with ACRL Information Literacy Framework & Standards
  • Three years professional experience in an academic library
  • Three years successful instructional experience
  • Ability to engage students in active learning and critical thinking
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse community
  • Ability to proactively solve problems independently and in teams
  • Curiosity about and interest in the professional literature and trends
  • Ability and interest in fulfilling faculty requirements for job performance, scholarship, professional development and service.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations.

How to apply

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Established in 1892, Central Michigan University has an enrollment of 27,000 students, including approximately 20,000 students on the university’s main campus. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral research university, CMU is recognized for strong undergraduate education and a range of focused graduate and research programs.

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity within its community (see