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Faculty Librarian

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Academic Affairs


Position Title Faculty Librarian
About the University

Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, Washington, on the ancestral homelands of the Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Tribe, Indigenous Peoples who have lived in the Salish Sea basin and the North Cascades watershed from time immemorial. The university acknowledges historical injustices, seeks respectful relationships with our indigenous neighbors, and expresses gratitude for their ongoing stewardship of our shared lands and waterways.

Bellingham is a community of 88,500 with the advantages of a larger city and the charm of a coastal town. Amenities include a robust arts scene, a thriving local and sustainable food movement, and ample opportunity for outdoor recreation, with proximity to two major metropolitan areas, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

About the Department

Western Libraries is an innovative partner in Western's teaching and research mission. In this important leadership role, librarians, staff, and student employees embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Libraries vigorously opposes any form of prejudice, discrimination, and hate, and works to advance cultural competence. The Libraries is particularly committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, staff, and students, and we especially encourage applications from candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment through active engagement in the Libraries, university, and wider community.

This position is part of the Libraries’ Teaching & Learning Division, a collaborative team that brings together librarians and education professionals to advance integrated literacies (research, reading, writing, speaking, listening) and the Libraries’ learning outcomes: inquiry, agency, and collaboration. Western Libraries’ provides ongoing professional development for all personnel to be successful in supporting integrated literacies.

Within the Teaching & Learning Division, library faculty take a leadership role in shaping curriculum, collections, and the Libraries’ teaching and learning programs. Teaching & Learning faculty also collaborate with Collection Services, Heritage Resources, and Learning Commons partners, as well as partnerships throughout the university in their role as subject specialists. The Division seeks to collaborate with new groups of instructors and learners through effective outreach and universal design.

The Teaching & Learning Division’s Hacherl Research & Writing Studio provides consultations for students, faculty, staff, and community members on integrated academic literacies. Our Integrated Research & Writing Workshop Series addresses the full arc of students’ projects. Western Libraries also offers credit courses focused on information and academic literacies. All Teaching & Learning offerings reach undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines, both in-person and at a distance, through a range of face-to-face and online teaching modalities.

Western Libraries supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

Western Washington University (WWU) Libraries invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Teaching & Learning Division librarian to support research, writing, and reading academic literacies, and also serve as subject librarian for the sciences, social sciences, or humanities.

Librarians in the Teaching & Learning Division have a primary focus on supporting research, writing, and reading academic literacies. They also serve as subject librarians to support students and faculty within Western’s on- and off-campus programs. Additionally, we are looking for an individual to support our government information and/or map collections. Specific position responsibilities include the following: 

  • Consult with diverse constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • Facilitate workshops and other course-specific instructional sessions, tours, and orientations.
  • Teach undergraduate credit courses, supporting the culturally unique needs of Western’s student body.
  • Participate in university shared governance and serve on committees and task forces to support a collaborative and equitable organizational culture, and advance the curricular role of the Libraries.
  • Engage in professional development to build cultural competence and stay abreast of current educational practices that support the evolving needs of diverse populations.
  • Create and implement inclusive curricula, learning objects, outreach initiatives, and services for assigned subject areas or collection formats.
  • Serve as a member of the Libraries’ collection team to collaboratively shape collections that represent, serve, and support diverse constituencies, including historically underrepresented groups and a wide range of social identities.
  • Engage in creation of scholarship
  • Fulfill responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.
Required Qualifications

 Required Qualifications:

  • Cultural competence to communicate and collaborate effectively with people of diverse social identities and backgrounds.
  • Experience providing instruction in higher education that fosters sensitivity, openness, and a spirit of inquiry.
  • Ability to implement innovative teaching and learning pedagogies with an understanding of their social and cultural impact.
  • Demonstrated potential to facilitate online instruction and adapt pedagogies across teaching and learning modalities.
  • Demonstrated potential to engage in scholarship.
  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent before July 1, 2020.
Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience providing instruction in research, writing, reading, speaking, listening, or other academic literacies, including guiding students through inquiry and the scholarly communication process.
  • Experience working with cartographic materials or government information, and their related technologies.
  • Experience working with research design, methodologies, and ethics in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities.
  • Experience administering or teaching in a learning management system, including an understanding of how these systems do and do not support users with a diversity of backgrounds and abilities.
  • Experience contributing to collection development projects, particularly those that go beyond demand and usage to proactively reflect the cultural heritage, backgrounds, and social identities of the library’s constituents, the region, and the world.


 $65,000 minimum; commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Applications must address the required and preferred qualifications for the position and should include a detailed cover letter and resume or CV. The cover letter must explicitly address required qualifications related to diversity and evidence of your commitment to fulfill the position responsibilities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Your application materials may include relevant work experience from course-related practica, field experiences, or internships. Please include names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. Please do not include letters of reference with your application materials.

Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Casey Mullin, at or 360-650-7458.

Closing Date Notes Position closes January 31, 2020.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 497633
Advertised: Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Pacific Standard Time

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