Visiting Instructor and Academic Librarian (Reference and Instruction)

Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time, two-year position of Visiting Instructor (or Visiting Assistant Professor with appropriate qualifications) and Academic Librarian in the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library to begin October 1, 2020 and ending May 31, 2022.

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 research experience and effectiveness).

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by September 11, 2020. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above. 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:

  • ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS, or who will have the degree finished prior to the start date.
  • Experience working in an academic library, including reference, instruction, and collection development.
  • Knowledge of trends affecting academic libraries.
  • As we are a teaching library, candidates must have demonstrated effectiveness in instruction, especially for undergraduates.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ability to create inclusive learning environments for an increasingly diverse student body will be an important characteristic of the successful candidate.
  • A second master’s degree is not required for the position, but will be required for the Visiting Assistant Professor rank.


Michelle Twait | | 507-933-7563

Posted: Wed Sep 2, 2020

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