Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
Western Libraries proudly serves as an intellectual crossroads for the university community and as an innovative partner in Western's teaching and research mission. In this important leadership role, librarians, staff, and student employees have joined with library colleagues nationwide to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and vigorously oppose racism, prejudice, and discrimination.
The Libraries seeks to advance knowledge, self-awareness, and understanding. Western Libraries is a place of inquiry and learning where intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality are respected and protected. The Libraries helps people to engage thoughtfully with our complex history, to find solutions to difficult societal problems, and to advance pluralism and democracy.
The Teaching & Learning Division of the Libraries leads a broad array of teaching and learning initiatives: credit courses, curricular-embedded initiatives such as workshops, and co-curricular initiatives such as tours and orientations. The Libraries also offer individual and small-group consultations to advance students' research and writing projects. These offerings reach undergraduate and graduate students across the disciplines, both in-person and at a distance, through a range of face-to-face and online teaching modalities. We seek to collaborate with new groups of instructors and learners through effective outreach and universal design.
The Teaching & Learning Division has innovated through a focus on integrated academic literacies. The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio provides consultations for individuals and groups on integrated academic literacies (research, writing, reading, speaking, listening, etc.). Our Integrated Research & Writing Workshop Series addresses the full arc of students' projects: Getting Started, Finding and Using Sources, and Revising and Editing. We also offer library instruction sessions, citation management workshops, and professional writing workshops for students and community users. Librarians consult with students, faculty, staff, and community members in the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio and by appointment to address a range of needs. Western Libraries also offers credit courses focused on information and academic literacies, for example, Introduction to the Research Process and Research-Writing Practicum. There is no major or minor degree program in Library and Information Science.
Together, these initiatives address three overarching learning outcomes: 1) Use and value inquiry for gaining and sharing knowledge, 2) Collaborate as respectful, productive, and ethical members of a diverse and inclusive intellectual community, and 3) Demonstrate a sense of agency for managing own learning.
Under the direction of the Director of Teaching & Learning, the successful candidate will contribute in the following ways:
Consult with students, faculty, staff and community members in the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio and/or by appointment, in-person, via email and chat, or by phone/Skype
Facilitate workshops, instructional sessions, tours and orientations, in-person or through a range of online modalities (e.g. webcasting software such as Zoom)
Teach credit courses for undergraduate students, such as not not limited to: "Introduction to Research Strategies" or "Practicum in Research-Writing"
Teaching may include face-to-face, online, and hybrid modalities
Under the direction of the Director of Teaching & Learning, the successful candidate may also:
Contribute to projects such as development of services or collections; and development of curriculum, guides and learning objects
MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited institution
Experience with instructional technology
Previous successful teaching experience in library and/or information topics
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students of diverse social identities and backgrounds
Successful teaching experience in higher education for writing, composition, and/or integrated literacies
Experience teaching via distance education (web-based instruction)
Experience using a learning management system, such as Canvas
Experience contributing to collection development projects
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
United Faculty of Western Washington (UFWW)
The following materials are required:
A letter of application addressing the above qualifications
Current curriculum vitae
Names and contact information for three references
Verification of highest degree (unofficial transcript is acceptable and may be scanned for electronic application and email purposes)
Closing Date Notes
Position is open continuously
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.