The University of Washington seeks applications for the Director of the Master of Library and Information Science Law Librarianship Specialization. The successful applicant will be appointed as a Senior Lecturer, full-time, in the University of Washington Information School for three years, with the possibility of renewal. This is a full-time position (nine-month appointment with one month of summer support) with an anticipated start date of January 2, 2020. This position includes faculty voting rights and is not tenure eligible. Compensation will be commensurate with applicant's qualifications.
The successful candidate will join the faculty of a broad-based, inclusive Information School that offers multiple degree programs and is committed to the values of leadership, innovation, and diversity.
About the Law Librarianship Program
The Law Librarianship graduate specialization is the #1-rated law librarianship program in the United States, according to U.S News & World Report, and has been running for over 50 years. The course of study provides the highest level of preparation for a career in Law Librarianship. The curriculum blends a strong theoretical foundation in the principles of information science with the specialized legal research and administration background students will need to thrive as law librarians. An internship enables students to further build their portfolio and experience. Admission to the law librarianship specialization requires the completion of a JD, and classes are only offered in the residential mode over four consecutive academic quarters (Sept-July). Students will earn the MLIS degree after completing 43 quarter credit hours.
The University of Washington is a vibrant community of inclusive research and community outreach, situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, in the city of Seattle, on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Seattle is a rapidly growing, dynamic, and diverse metropolitan area. The UW is dedicated to hiring faculty who will enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education through their research, teaching, and service. As information systems and institutions serve increasingly diverse and global constituencies, it is critical to understand the ways in which differences in perspectives regarding gender identities, class, race, ethnicity, culture, LGBTQ identities, religious affiliation, national origin, disability and other identities can both divide us and offer us better ways of thinking and working together.
Responsibilities of the Director
The Director teaches the equivalent of 5 courses per year:
LIS 592 - Legal Research Methods (Autumn)
LIS 595 - Research and Writing in Law Librarianship (Winter)
LIS 595 - Research and Writing in Law Librarianship (Spring)
LIS 590 - Directed Fieldwork (Summer)
One additional course outside the Law Librarianship curriculum, aligned with the candidate's expertise and interest
Senior Lecturers in the Information School teach the equivalent of 6 courses per year. This position includes salary support for a one course teaching reduction in recognition of administrative responsibilities.
The director is responsible for the overall strategy, direction, and management of the specialization. These duties include service and administrative responsibilities that maintain the strength, integrity and inclusivity of learning experiences and sustain professional networking opportunities for graduates. These include:
Organize the orientation sessions for incoming students;
Serve as a faculty advisor for the incoming cohort (reference calls/letters/professional advice, etc.);
Serve as a faculty advisor for the Law Librarianship cohort;
Manage and find directed fieldwork (DFW) placements for the students;
Serve on the iSchool admissions committee to review Law Librarianship program applicants;
Answer questions from admitted students/field inquiries about the Law Librarianship Program;
Recruit part-time faculty for courses in the Law Librarianship specialization;
Organize alumni reunions at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries meeting;
Keep Law Librarianship alum website current with new contact information for alums and new graduates, activities, news, etc.;
Coordinate the selection of the Borgeson Award.
The Director is a full voting member of the Information School faculty and will be joining a community of scholars whose research and teaching interests center on the intersection of people, information and technology. Candidates will be expected to attend regular faculty meetings and faculty events, and take opportunities to engage with colleagues and be present within the community.
This position requires a minimum of a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree and an MLIS or equivalent from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution.
The ideal candidate will have 5 or more years of professional experience in librarianship with a record of increasing responsibility for leadership and administration.
The ideal candidate will also have 5 years of experience teaching and developing courses, as well as experience and a knowledge base regarding equity and inclusion.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications submitted by September 15, 2019. Selected candidates will be invited for campus visits. Application packages should include: (1) Letter of intent; (2) Current CV; (3) Statement of teaching goals/ philosophy; (4) Diversity statement (see guidelines below); (5) Complete contact information for three academic and/or professional references. Letters of recommendation will be requested from references for short listed candidates.
Inquiries about the position or application process may be directed to Mary Hotchkiss, Search Committee Chair at email@example.com.
iSchool Diversity Statement Guidelines
Diversity is a core value of the Information School. We actively work to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination, seeking full participation in university life in research and teaching across ranks, and among faculty, students, and staff. The Diversity Statement provides an opportunity for applicants to reflect on how they and their approach to research, teaching, and/or service examines, identifies, and/or will contribute to equity, inclusion and/or positive social change that supports people who represent differences in gender identities, class, race, ethnicity, culture, LGBTQ identities, religious affiliation, national origin, disability and other identities. We invite you to be reflective on your own positionality. Please provide examples of your experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion in your research, teaching and/or service or your potential to bring diversity, equity and inclusion into the iSchool and the field of information. Please describe your experience or potential to mentor and educate students from a variety of backgrounds who will serve diverse populations.
For your reference please consult the UW iSchool's diversity web pages: http://ischool.uw.edu/about/diversity/statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.