University of Alabama at Birmingham — English Composition and Student Success Liaison Librarian

Description:
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Libraries seeks a creative, enthusiastic, and service-oriented professional for the position of Composition and Student Success Liaison.  This is a non-tenure track faculty position. Reporting to the Head of the Mervyn H. Sterne Library Department of Research and Learning, the person in this position will contribute to the expansion of a student-centered information literacy program for first-year writing students by designing, creating, coordinating, teaching, and assessing instruction for freshman composition courses. The position will also provide liaison, outreach, programming, and support to academic and nonacademic units such as UAB Athletics, USGA, TRIO Academic Services, and the UAB Career Center.

UAB Libraries supports the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s teaching mission by providing information literacy instruction to a diverse community of learners through programmatically integrated, scaffolded, and engaging learning experiences to promote research skills and multiple literacies.  This position will be based in the Mervyn H. Sterne Library at UAB. Sterne Library supports research in the arts and humanities, business, education, engineering, natural sciences and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences.

Required duties include:

  • Working closely with the Director of Freshman Composition and Developmental Studies and the Director of the University Writing Center to develop curricula and activities to create library instructional outcomes based on the freshman composition curriculum.
  • Partnering with instructors in the English Department, including adjunct writing instructors and TAs, to plan curriculum and schedule library instruction for first-year composition classes.
  • Serving as the contact for academic and nonacademic departments.
  • Developing and co-developing reusable and one-time learning objects.
  • Participating in peer-to-peer evaluations of teaching and/or teaching tools.
  • Providing reference and research assistance to library patrons through multiple modes of delivery, including chat. 
  • Instruction, workshops, and research assistance for all first-year writing classes and students.
  • Active participation in the campus community, including serving on library and university committees.
  • Involvement in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.
  • Performing other duties and special projects as assigned, depending upon additional expertise, interests, and the needs of the libraries.

Requirements

  • A Master’s degree, either awarded or completed by the start date, in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently as well as within a team environment and with diverse groups.
  • Strong commitment to cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
  • Potential to achieve the requirements for promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s or other advanced degree.
  • 1-2 years of relevant library experience; experience may include coursework or library school experience.
  • Knowledge of information and visual literacy framework and standards.
  • Experience with instruction.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in instructional pedagogy, technologies, and literacies.
  • Familiarity with applying emerging technologies for information and instructional services, including LibGuides, Articulate, or video- or screen-capturing software.
  • Willingness to take risks and experiment with new methods.

Early career librarians and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.  Review of candidates will begin on October 30 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references, should be submitted to: https://uab.peopleadmin.com/postings/16881

UAB Libraries are committed to advancing equitable access to information, intellectual freedom, and the public good for the UAB community and the community at large. We recognize our social responsibility to advocate for marginalized voices and to inform and educate to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and mutual respect.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment. 

About the University of Alabama at Birmingham Libraries
The UAB Libraries encompass Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, Mervyn H. Sterne Library, J. Ellis Sparks Medical Library, Reynolds Finley Historical Library, Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences and the UAB Archives. The UAB Libraries are dedicated to developing high-quality programming in Digital and Information Literacy, Emerging Technologies, Scholarly Communication, Digitization, and Digital Scholarship. To learn more about the UAB Libraries visit https://library.uab.edu/

About the University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a world-class research university that was recently ranked first on the 2021 Forbes list of America’s Best Large Employers. The university has many nationally-recognized academic programs, with 16 graduate and professional programs in Health Professions, Nursing, Medicine, Engineering, Education, Business and Public Health, and the College of Arts and Sciences ranked in the 2020 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings.

To learn more about the University of Alabama at Birmingham, visit  http://www.uab.edu/home/

About Birmingham, Alabama 
Known as The Magic City, Birmingham, Alabama, boasts one of the lowest costs of living and highest amount of green space per capita of any comparably sized city. A city with a complex history, Birmingham aims to become the most robust and inclusive technology hub in the southeast. Birmingham is home to several innovation-driven initiatives including The Switch District and Innovation Depot, TechBirmingham and EdFarm, focused on technology-centered workforce and economic development. The Birmingham business community includes Shipt, and Regions Bank.

The City of Birmingham supports initiatives aimed at developing a model inclusive and resilient economy. The city’s Birmingham Promise program offers scholarships to help pay for college tuition and fees in Alabama public colleges for graduates of Birmingham Public Schools. For more information on living and working in Birmingham, Alabama, visit the Jefferson County website: https://www.jccal.org/ or the Birmingham Business Alliance website: https://www.birminghambusinessalliance.com/

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