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Student Success Library Faculty Resident

Washington State University, Vancouver, Vancouver, WA

Job - Education

Close Date: 12/21/2019

Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver invites applications for Student Success Library Faculty Resident, a twelve-month, full-time, three-year appointment position to begin July 1, 2020. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits are competitive.

WSU Vancouver Library supports the research and scholarship of the students and faculty at the Vancouver campus. The Library combines physical and digital collections, robust document delivery services and user-focused public services to continually build and adapt to WSU Vancouver’s dynamic and growing environment. As part of the WSU Libraries multi-campus system, collaboration and strong partnerships are central to our work.

The Student Success Librarian collaborates with library faculty and staff, academic faculty, and other campus partners, including Admissions and CILA (Center for Intercultural Learning and Affirmation) to develop, implement, and coordinate library services designed to improve student success and retention, with an emphasis on students from traditionally minoritized populations. The successful candidate will work across campus on initiatives that contribute to student success, championing library programming and instruction that features a broad array of perspectives and approaches, culturally diverse resources, and which brings an equity-minded approach to the delivery of library services.

The Campus and Library strive to promote an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. (See and We encourage candidates to apply who want to actively participate in the campus objective to close the opportunity gap by ensuring equitable opportunities and outcomes for all student populations, including comparable retention and graduation rates across demographic groups.

This 3-year position is designed for an early career librarian who not only wants to get experience in specific job responsibilities as described below but who is also looking for a broad introduction to academic libraries, supportive library and campus communities, and built in position and career mentorship. Librarians have faculty status at WSU and this position will provide a supportive opportunity to begin (or continue) the development of a research agenda within one of two broad research categories: equity and inclusion in library collections and services or understanding physical spaces and their relationship to academic success.


60% Student Success, Reference & Instruction

• Providing reference services in-person and online.
• Participating in the Library’s instruction program through teaching library instruction sessions and creating online guides to research.
• Coordinating outreach and engagement programs.
• Developing and sustaining collaborative relationships to promote student success.
• Serving as a liaison to a variety of campus units such as CILA (Center for Intercultural Learning and Affirmation).
• Working with faculty and students in one of the following areas: nursing, business, sciences, engineering & computer science.

10% Service-based Recruitment
• Working under the guidance of Admissions, provide outreach to local high schools (particularly those serving minoritized groups) as part of the campus’ service-based recruitment program.

20% Research and Professional Development
• Begin or continue to develop a research agenda and professional development plan. Preferred broad areas of research are:
• Equity & Inclusion in Library Collections & Services.
• Understanding physical spaces and their relationship to academic success.

10% Service
• Represent the Vancouver Library and/or WSU Libraries on committees as requested.
• Actively participate in the campus, the SW Washington community and the profession.


WSU Vancouver is an inclusive, innovative, non-residential research university dedicated to offering premier undergraduate and graduate educational and research experiences. Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is in the homeland of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. WSU Vancouver is located in Vancouver, WA in the southwest region of Washington State. The Campus has been awarded the Insight Into Diversity 2019 Heed Award which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. (See

A part of the Portland, OR metro area, Vancouver offers a wealth of cultural and recreational interests including visual and performing arts, identity-specific community events, professional sports teams, and farmers’ markets and nature trails. With a population of approximately 300,000, the Greater Vancouver Area has been experiencing significant growth, from increasing diversity across social identities to expansion of the downtown waterfront community. Access to a number of nearby attractions is facilitated by Vancouver’s central location. The Oregon coast, Cascade mountain range, and Seattle are within 2.5 hours of Vancouver by car. It is a short flight from Portland International Airport (PDX) to other nearby major cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Reno, and Vancouver, BC.

WSU Vancouver is one of 6 campuses that comprise Washington State University, Washington’s land-grant university and a Tier 1 research institution. As the second largest campus in the WSU system and the only public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver is an equity-minded campus that enjoys extraordinary community support and is committed to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs. The campus currently offers 22 bachelor’s degrees, 9 master’s degrees, and 3 doctoral degrees with more than 100 tenure line faculty. A personal atmosphere, relatively small classes, and interaction with world-class faculty attract 3,500 students.

Required Qualifications
• ALA-accredited MLS, MLIS, or equivalent by time of appointment.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Evidence of preparation or experience in successful outreach to students from minoritized populations.
• Interest in working with faculty and students in one of the following areas: nursing, business, sciences, engineering & computer science.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with answering patron questions in an academic library setting.
• Experience in instruction, broadly defined, in-person or online.
• Demonstrated interest in developing a research agenda in one of the following broad areas:
– Equity and inclusion in library services
– Understanding physical spaces and their relationship to academic success

pplicants should be prepared to upload:

1. A cover letter addressing how this position fits into their professional aspirations and any qualifications for the position that are not addressed in their CV.
2. Current Curriculum Vitae
3. A statement on your contributions to Equity and Diversity. Upload file as “other”. (Guidelines found at: )
4. Contact information for three current references.

Review of applications will begin December 21, 2019. Finalists for this position will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment. Questions may be sent to the search committee via email to Karen Diller, Search Committee Chair (

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