The University of Mississippi Libraries strive to provide innovative services to our students, faculty, and staff. This two-year appointment provides an opportunity for a recent graduate librarian to develop expertise in a functional area and contribute to an initiative of strategic importance to the Libraries. Although not a tenure-track position, visiting assistant professors are fully integrated members of the library faculty performing as entry-level librarians.
This position will provide experience in academic librarianship through a broad range of activities designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in future library positions and contribute fully to the profession. The new faculty member will report to the Assistant Dean for Public Services who will provide oversight and consistency throughout the experience. During the first year the faculty member will participate in teaching, reference, and liaison activities and rotate through the library’s departments. Each rotation will build understanding of the library’s mission, role and structure. During the second year, the faculty member will specialize in a functional area of his or her choosing, and develop a significant project that supports one of the library’s strategic goals.
The selected applicant will:
- Work creatively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the Libraries and the campus;
- Gain experience in a highly collaborative work environment with access to key decision makers throughout the organization;
- Work with a dedicated group of University of Mississippi librarians and campus leaders to coordinate and guide professional development, research, and scholarly activities;
- Serve on internal library committees as needed;
- UM Libraries is collaborating with the ACRL Diversity Alliance program to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. In an effort to support this initiative the incumbent will participate in the ACRL Diversity Alliance network and join the ACRL Residency Interest Group to share ideas, resources, and best practices.
Salary and Benefits
Starting salary is $43,000 with professional development funding available. Benefits include employer-paid portions of medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents. In addition, the UM retirement program includes an employer contribution. UM offers generous paid holiday time off, personal (vacation) and medical leave for most employees. UM was named the state’s healthiest workplace among all Mississippi colleges and universities and offers wellness programs. For ten consecutive years, UM has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
In 2017, the University of Mississippi initiated Flagship Constellations, which are designed to bring together a wide range of faculty from across campus to address some of the most difficult and complex problems facing our nation and world. If you’re interested in working with cross-disciplinary researchers to solve key, grand challenges this is an exceptional opportunity for you.
- ALA accredited Master’s degree awarded within the past year; applicants must have their MLIS degree by time of appointment;
- Possess a strong interest in academic librarianship;
- Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion librarianship;
- Willingness to support research and instruction services to a diverse clientele;
- Work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment and to take initiative and work independently;
- Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Support and understand the educational mission of a public research university.
The University of Mississippi complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.
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