Assistant Professor & Academic Librarian (Digital Liberal Arts)

Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor/Academic Librarian to begin September 1, 2023. Library faculty work during the 9-month academic year (September 1-May 31).

Digital liberal arts is an emerging focus within the Library; the new faculty member will have broad latitude to spearhead a wide range of initiatives across campus and the opportunity to expand campus expertise with digital liberal arts. We seek a strong educator who will develop projects related to digital literacy, digital humanities, and scholarly communication, as well as work closely with the institutional repository. We are looking for new voices to collaboratively transform how we develop student learners.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in the humanities, arts, and sciences. 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.

Minnesota is home to vibrant Black American communities and growing communities of Hmong, Latinx, and Somali peoples, as well as significant numbers of Indigenous people. We believe that representation from these groups contributes positively to our student body.

We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.

Department Information: The Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library advances the teaching mission and intellectual life of the College by selecting and facilitating access to information and by instructing in its use, interpretation, and evaluation. The Library is governed through a distinctive collegial management model with a department-elected Library Chair and strong committee structure. For more information about the department, its faculty, students, and courses, please see the department website at

Major/Essential Functions: Gustavus faculty teach, advise, conduct research, and serve the college and department. For library faculty, primary responsibilities include teaching instruction sessions in a variety of disciplines and course levels, participating in reference services, collection development, and shared management of the library.

Currently, tenure-line Gustavus faculty have a 6-course equivalent teaching assignment. In their first year, the successful candidate will receive a reduced teaching assignment of five course equivalents, plus one fully-compensated course release.

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, including examples of growth as an educator and improvement of teaching effectiveness
  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests
  • A brief (one page) statement of inclusion and equity commitment
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by Monday, December 5, 2022. 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; finalists will be asked to submit additional information. 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, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution completed by September 30, 2023
  • Second master’s degree (any subject) currently in progress (please indicate anticipated completion date); preference will be given to candidates with an earned second master's degree or those who will be completed by September 30, 2023 (a second master’s degree is required for tenure nomination, usually in the fifth year; candidates without the second master’s degree will be hired at the rank of Instructor)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital liberal arts tools and trends
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate student advising
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and identities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completion of at least one significant digital liberal arts project
  • Experience working in an academic library
  • Experience teaching in a library setting
  • An emerging pattern of professional activity, for example, presentation at conferences, publications, involvement in professional associations, etc.

Posted August 8, 2022


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