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Head, Educational Initiatives [14001]

Position Deleted on 5/19/2014. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Las Vegas, NV
  • Faculty - Science - Library and Information Science
  • Admin - Libraries
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Head, Educational Initiatives.

UNLV is a comprehensive research university of approximately 28,000 students and 2,900 faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, research, and service. The university has internationally recognized programs in hotel administration and creative writing; professional degrees in law, architecture, and dental medicine; and leading programs in fine arts, sciences and education. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in dynamic Southern Nevada. For more information, visit us on-line at:

This position is located within the Libraries' Division of Research and Education. In support of the University Libraries' mission and shared values, the Research and Education Division fosters collaborations that contribute to our users' academic success, research, and lifelong learning. The Division positively impacts student learning and supports the research and scholarly agenda of the University. This mission is realized through:
  • instruction of learners using a variety of methods and tools,
  • partnerships with faculty to create an integrated, assessable, information literacy-focused curriculum,
  • provision of targeted information resources,
  • expert, point-of need research assistance, and
  • a commitment to fostering competencies for lifelong inquiry.
The Head of Educational Initiatives coordinates and informs the efforts of liaison librarians as they find systematic ways to contribute to campus initiatives related to student learning. The successful candidate will apply theory and identify best practices from the scholarship of teaching and learning to create new programs and to work with liaisons to integrate information literacy learning outcomes into the undergraduate curriculum in a coherent way. The incumbent will initiate and maintain campus collaborations, coordinate professional development programs for liaison librarians and teaching faculty, and manage assigned faculty and staff members.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research and Education, responsibilities include: lead a team of an instruction design librarian, an undergraduate liaison librarian, and an instruction support technician, providing direction, mentorship, and supervision; plan, implement, and evaluate professional development for library faculty and staff related to teaching, learning and the assessment of student learning provided by the Libraries; collaborate with library staff and campus partners to develop and administer faculty development institutes and workshops that support implementation of campus-wide general education curriculum revisions and other strategic directions of the University Libraries; oversee assessment of information literacy initiatives; manage the Stuart & Flora Mason Library Peer Coach Program and the Lance & Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award; and assist the Associate Dean with development of division-wide initiatives, projects and services. As a tenure-track library faculty member, the incumbent will be expected to work collaboratively with others; engage in scholarly activities; and provide service to the university, the community, and the profession in accordance with Libraries and University standards for promotion and tenure. The Head of Educational Initiatives will have demonstrated the ability to work in a changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude, and he or she will have a proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels as well as with faculty and students.

Required: A master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association; a minimum of two years as a manager and supervisor of full time staff in an academic library; teaching or instructional design experience in a higher education, library, or secondary education setting; demonstrated knowledge of information literacy theory, practice, and assessment techniques; demonstrated knowledge of instructional design; demonstrated experience with facilitation and/or building consensus among diverse academic groups; evidence of energy, creativity, initiative and commitment to professional growth; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated success in a collaborative environment; demonstrated ability to work with multiple constituencies, manage time and multiple projects simultaneously, set and accomplish goals, meet deadlines; and a record of professional engagement and scholarship.
Preferred: Demonstrated experience with design and delivery of professional development workshops for librarians and faculty; demonstrated experience with project management; experience in developing working partnerships with academic departments and other campus communities; demonstrated project management experience; and experience, reputation, and scholarship record sufficient to meet criteria for appointment as a tenured faculty member.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at Rank II or III (equivalent to an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor). Salaries are competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Position is contingent upon funding.

Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. The review of materials will begin September 1, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to the Head, Educational Initiatives Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-2894 or
UNLV is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity.
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