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Humanities, Social Sciences and/or Education Librarians

Humanities, Social Sciences and/or Education Librarians

Purdue University Libraries Job Location: Indiana Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 04-07-2021



The Libraries and School of Information Studies at Purdue University invites applications for three tenure-track positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor levels. We seek to attract exceptional candidates to work as liaisons with university departments in the humanities, social sciences, and/or education at Purdue. We are looking for creative thinkers who employ unique information and technology techniques, such as digital humanities, GIS, systematic reviews, critical literacies, or qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis and management, to advance scholarship and augment our evolving curricular offerings.

Successful candidates require a terminal degree in library/information science (a master’s from an ALA-accredited or equivalent school) or a terminal degree in a humanities, social sciences, or education field (typically a PhD or EdD) and demonstrate excellent potential to build an independent research program in an information studies-related field, as well as potential to educate and mentor students. The successful candidates will conduct original research, teach undergraduate- and graduate- level courses, serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments on campus, and perform service both at the Libraries and University levels. Candidates with experience working with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff and the ability to contribute to an inclusive climate are particularly encouraged to apply.

Successful Candidate Will

  • Develop and teach specialized classes and workshops that incorporate active-learning methods and information and data literacy concepts;
  • Provide in-person, phone, and virtual consultations. Note: This position is not required to staff a reference desk;
  • Have a strong commitment to diversity and to promoting and sustaining a multicultural environment for learning;
  • Lead and collaborate on sponsored research;
  • Meet requirements for promotion and tenure, including demonstration of teaching and librarianship, research and scholarship, engagement in Library and University governance through committee work, and an active role in mentoring, advising, and supporting the academic success of undergraduate and graduate students.

Required Qualifications:

  •  Requires a terminal degree in library/information science (a master’s from an ALA-accredited or equivalent school) or a terminal degree in a humanities, social sciences, or education field (typically a PhD or EdD);
  • Experience or interest in delivering effective information literacy instruction and research-support;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and intercultural skills, and the ability to prioritize and adjust in a dynamic environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  •  Familiarity with library resources in the humanities, social sciences, or education disciplines;
  • Experience teaching for-credit courses;
  • Clearly articulated research interests and direction.

About Purdue:

Purdue University https://www.purdue.edu/, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the historic Wabash River valley, is one hour from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago. Renowned nationally and internationally for its programs in engineering, science, agriculture, and business, the University has over 44,000 students and 16,700 employees. Purdue is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTTA). Purdue has the fourth highest enrollment of international students among public U.S. universities, with more than 9,000 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students.

Campus cultural centers and resource offices https://www.purdue.edu/diversity-inclusion/about-us/departments.html

Community organizations http://www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/community-organizations such as schools, child care, places of worship, neighborhoods.

The greater Lafayette https://www.homeofpurdue.com/ area provides diverse cultural, social, and recreational activities.

Contact Office of Faculty Recruitment & Retention in Human Resources https://www.purdue.edu/hr/hiring/dualcareer/ at any stage in the recruitment process. They can provide confidential Dual Career Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and is a point of contact for an introduction into the wide variety of cultural and social networks that exist at this major university, from cultural centers to community arts and entertainment.

About Purdue Libraries:

Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies (PULSIS) https://www.lib.purdue.edu/, recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in University Libraries from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is at the forefront of academic librarianship and redefining the role of the academic, research library in learning, discovery, and engagement activities of the University. Libraries faculty and staff are deeply involved in information literacy instruction and instructional design, redefining of learning spaces, scholarly communication, data management, and global outreach. PULSIS faculty have expanded their collaborative endeavors with disciplinary faculty in integrating information literacy into the core curriculum.

PULSIS is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.

University Policies:

“Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.” From Nondiscrimination Policy Statement, Purdue University

Anti-Harassment (III.C.1) https://www.purdue.edu/policies/ethics/iiic1.html and Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action III.C.2) https://www.purdue.edu/policies/ethics/iiic2.html Policies.

Salary and benefits:

Minimum starting salaries of $66,000 at the assistant professor rank and $75,000 at associate professor rank. Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. This is a faculty tenure-track position with an academic year (AY) appointment with the potential for summer grants or buy-outs. Rank of assistant or associate professor. Start-up funds in support of research are provided, including a half time graduate assistant for two years.

Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse. Purdue University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Health Benefits https://www.purdue.edu/hr/Benefits/

HR Benefits Summaries https://www.purdue.edu/hr/Benefits/employeebenefits/benefits_enrollment/summaries.php

Benefits and Wellness @ Purdue https://www.purdue.edu/hr/benewell/index.php

Relocation funding will be available and discussed on a case-by-case basis.

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Application process:

For consideration, submit CV, cover letter and the names and contact information of at least three references.

To apply: https://career8.successfactors.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=13344&company=purdueuniv

In the cover letter:

  • Describe your interest in this position;
  • Address the required qualifications;
  • Purdue University’s Libraries and School of Information Studies is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Review of applications will start on May 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Represents 3 positions

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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