Visiting Instructor and Academic Librarian

Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time, one-year position of Visiting Instructor (or Visiting Assistant Professor with appropriate qualifications) as an Academic Librarian in the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library to begin September 1, 2020 and ending May 31, 2021. This is a one-year sabbatical replacement position.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students.

Major/Essential Functions: Primary teaching responsibilities will include participating in a supportive, collegial management structure to provide quality instruction to undergraduates. Teaching in the library occurs in the form of reference, instruction, and collection development. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to undertake additional projects related to teaching and learning in the library.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable); and
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and effectiveness).

For full consideration, applications must be received by Friday, March 20, 2020. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • We seek candidates who have an ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS, or who will have the degree finished by September 1, 2020;
  • Prior experience working in an academic library, including reference, instruction and collection development;
  • As we are a teaching library, candidates must have demonstrated effectiveness in instruction, especially for undergraduate students;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends affecting academic libraries; and
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate teaching and student advising.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A second master’s degree is not required for the position, but will be required for the Visiting Assistant Professor rank; and
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.


Michelle Twait | | 507-933-7563

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020

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