Head of Instruction and Engagement

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Emory University Libraries
EUL: Instruction&Engagement
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com/117068.


Position Summary


Reporting to the AUL, Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications Division, the Head of Instruction and Engagement leads the Library’s efforts in planning, implementing and managing an information literacy and engagement program.  This includes working with Emory colleagues including subject librarians, scholarly communications librarians, and teaching faculty to meet curricular needs by developing a sustainable and effective educational program that includes both traditional and online formats and is learner-centered and pedagogically sound.  The Instruction and Engagement Head provides leadership for all aspects of instruction-related policies, procedures, and practices that support student learning and assesses programs in relation to student success and flourishing.   In addition, this position liaises and partners with colleagues across campus, including but not limited to the Writing Program, Teaching and Learning Technologies, and instruction librarians across the libraries.


Emory Libraries requires that our employees recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential core values to achieving our mission to enrich the quality of life in an inclusive work environment through competency training, reassurance of personal growth, restorative communication practices, and embracing the diverse identities of patrons within the Emory community.


Essential Responsibilities & Duties


A. Leadership and Development

    1. Responsible for overall planning, development, implementation, promotion, and assessment of library educational programs including library orientation, course-integrated sessions, co-curricular skill-building, and information literacy sessions for undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty development offerings.
    2. Coordinates and works collaboratively with subject and scholarly communications librarians to facilitate their involvement in overall library instruction services and participates in the activities of groups such as the Instruction Steering Committee.
    3. Coordinates and promotes library instruction services to the campus community and to faculty and students by working collaboratively with campus entities such as Emory College of Arts & Sciences Academic Support departments, the Writing Program, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, and others that support undergraduate and graduate education and faculty development.
    4. Coordinates instruction efforts with Teaching and Learning Technologies including integration of library resources within Canvas, the learning management system.
    5. Coordinates outreach and engagement efforts with other university entities (e.g. initiates partnerships, serves on College-wide committees, etc.) to integrate library resources and services into the programming of those units.
    6. Maintain contact and collaborate with academic support services on supporting curricular and research projects on campus.
    7. Plans and implements training and professional development opportunities for subject and scholarly communications librarians on all aspects of library instruction, including theory, pedagogy, best practices, and available resources.
    8. Develops and maintains working knowledge of instruction and engagement services and programs in other Emory libraries (Goizueta Business Library, Woodruff Health Sciences Library, Rose Library, Law Library, Oxford Library, and Theology Library) to facilitate communication and collaboration.
    9. Performs other duties related to Instruction and Engagement as needed to accomplish the goals of the department, division, and library.


B. Managerial Responsibilities

    1. Serves as the department head for Instruction and Engagement with programmatic responsibility for functional areas and direct supervision of potentially up to 2 FTE librarian and several students.
    2. Serves as a member of the management team within the Research, Engagement and Scholarly Communications Division.
    3. Works with direct reports to coordinate recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff and student employees. Coaches, mentors, and counsels both direct and indirect reports in order to develop staff in a positive and proactive manner ensuring individuals have opportunity to develop broad knowledge of library operations and services as well specialized skills. Works with Emory University Libraries HR staff to develop specific training for staff based on need and participates in succession planning and management initiatives as appropriate. 
    4. Responsible for developing and maintaining up-to-date librarian position responsibilities statements and library staff job descriptions for staff within department. Reviews requests for new positions and reclassifications and submits to University Librarian for consideration.  Works with EUL HR staff to facilitate reclassifications.
    5. Conducts annual performance evaluations for direct reports and oversees annual process within the department/unit ensuring that annual evaluations are conducted in a timely manner and submitted on time in accordance with campus and library policy.
    6. Establishes and maintains communication with department/unit staff to facilitate the work of the library and ensure library staff is informed of library activities and initiatives.


C. Instruction and Engagement Responsibilities


  1. Plans and delivers innovative instruction services through undergraduate and graduate workshops; teaches research tools and skills relevant to information literacy.
  2. Coordinates support of first-year student instruction in the Writing Program.
  3. Collaborates with faculty, subject librarians, and other campus partners to achieve information and digital literacies and archival pedagogy learning outcomes.
  4. Support the University’s student flourishing
  5. Develops content for relevant web pages.
  6. Partners with other libraries, especially research services in Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, Rare Book Library, to promote teaching and research of primary evidence materials.
  7. Contributes to University efforts to assess and promote institutional scholarship.



Professional Responsibilities


  1. Participates in professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintaining membership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, and workshops; and serving in appointed or elected positions.
  2. Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
  3. Provides reference assistance to Emory students and faculty, visiting scholars, and the public as needed and assigned.
  4. Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank
  5. Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.


Required Qualifications


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with appropriate teaching experience and/or library experience).
  • 3-5 years of professional experience with demonstrated leadership responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with instruction, information literacy, and assessment of library services and resources, including teaching and instruction experience in a library setting
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Strong interest in technology and tools for research and teaching. Experience creating and using online instructional materials, including videos.
  • Strong understanding of the key issues and trends in instruction and engagement
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Practical knowledge of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  • Experience providing instruction and engagement services for undergraduate student populations.
  • Experience providing reference services and research consultations.
  • Experience with marketing and creating promotional materials.


Application Procedures


Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com/117068.

Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:

  • Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience;
  • Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience; and
  • Emory Libraries recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values integral to achieving our mission to enrich the quality of life and advance intellectual discovery by connecting people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Emory’sstudent flourishing initiative also highlights our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for students to strengthen their values and develop skills.  Please write a statement of 300-500 words that describes your experience with supporting the teaching, learning, and research of diverse students and faculty, as well as your experience in advancing social justice and equity in your work, and explain how you will foster an inclusive research, teaching, and learning environment through your role as Head of Instruction and Engagement.
  • On a separate document list the names and relationships, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.

Review of applications will begin the week of December 5, 2022.  Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans. 


Emory Supports a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

To ensure the safety of our campus community, the COVID-19 vaccine is required. For more information on the University and Hospital policies and potential exemptions, please see our website.

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.


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