Faculty Tenure Track-12 Mo - STEM Librarian

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Work Type: Faculty
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: University Libraries - Kent Campus [100354]

Job Title:

 Faculty Tenure Track-12 Mo

Physical Location:

Kent Campus - Kent, Ohio



Basic Function:

The STEM Librarian ensures that the research and instructional needs of students and faculty working in the STEM disciplines are met. STEM disciplines at Kent State include Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Advanced Materials, Liquid Crystals, Mathematics, and the programs in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. As needed, will also provide support for the University’s interdisciplinary institutes and non-academic units.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

  1. Provides research and instructional support to students, faculty and staff in STEM disciplines, through multiple methods including email, in-person appointments, and serving as an embedded asset in online and traditional courses.
  2. Teaches the information literacy skills necessary for the effective use of resources specific to the STEM disciplines through in-person instructional sessions and via asynchronous offerings such as online tutorials.
  3. Provides extensive outreach to promote library research and instructional services and collections to inform potential users of their availability and usefulness. 
  4. Identifies and helps to evaluate needed resources and services to support the STEM disciplines.
  5. Aids in the development of user experience and assessment initiatives focused on the STEM disciplines. Deploys and helps assess these initiatives.
  6. Participates in the provision of orientation and instructional sessions, such as tours, workshops, etc. for target departments, and to the larger university community as needed.
  7. Works in departmental and University Libraries’ working groups to ensure objectives are effectively met.
  8. Maintains a thorough understanding and awareness of University Libraries systems, policies, and procedures.
  9. Maintains a collegial and constructive environment based upon open communication and the fostering of good working relationships among all faculty and staff.
  10. Embodies the highest professional standards. Upgrades professional and technical skills as needed.
  11. Participates in other activities as assigned.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or other relevant graduate degree as deemed appropriate by the Libraries
  • Knowledge of current issues in one or more of the STEM disciplines
  • Teaching experience, preferably using multiple modes of instruction
  • Potential to satisfy the requirements for tenure track faculty reappointment, tenure and promotion
  • Ability to adapt to technological and/or organizational change
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

  • Experience in an academic library or research setting, preferably in a public services role
  • Advanced degree in an appropriate discipline
  • Record of scholarship
  • Experience with instructional technology and tools such as Libguides.
  • Experience with Learning Management Systems (e.g., Blackboard)
  • Track record showing ability to work collaboratively
  • Demonstrated understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments 

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Light work-Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus occasionally.

Special Instructions Summary:

Please submit an online application, and attach a vita, cover letter, and reference document.

Additional Information:

Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For official job descriptions, visit www.kent.edu/hr.


Kent State University is a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco is not permitted on any of Kent State’s campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit www.kent.edu/smoke-free<http://www.kent.edu/smoke-free>.


The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities. 


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