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Student Success and Open Education Librarian, James E. Walker Library, Tenure-Track Faculty

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Work Type: Faculty - Tenure-Track
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Job Title

Student Success and Open Education Librarian, James E. Walker Library, Tenure-Track Faculty


Library User Services

University Expectation

MTSU seeks candidates committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with a diverse student body.


Salary commensurate with education and experience

Job Summary/Basic Function

The James E. Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University invites applicants for a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position (#401050) at the rank of assistant or associate professor as the Student Success & Open Education Librarian in the Department of User Services. The position is contingent upon funding.

The Student Success and Open Education Librarian, reporting directly to the Chair of the User Services Department, provides leadership for the Walker Library’s student success initiatives, with an emphasis on supporting the development, implementation, and/or adoption of open educational practices and programs. To that end, the Student Success and Open Education Librarian will take the lead on developing and overseeing a Library-based open educational resources (OER) program and other related open education initiatives. The Walker Library is seeking a service-oriented candidate who is committed to empowering students of diverse experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The ideal candidate for the Student Success and Open Education Librarian is an innovative teacher who will develop engaging open education programs and learning experiences; a creative collaborator who will coordinate and participate in campus-wide outreach efforts; and a student-centered advocate for inclusion and belonging.

The Student Success and Open Education Librarian

  • serves as the Walker Library’s liaison to the Office of Student Success and cultivates and sustains collaborative relationships with other campus units and programs that support academic preparedness, student learning, and retention.
  • actively engages in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, supports diverse communities, and creates a welcoming environment for all.
  • serves as a leader for OER at Middle Tennessee State University by administering the Library-based OER program and as an authority on emerging and evolving trends in open education.
  • guides faculty in discovering, adopting, adapting, creating, disseminating, and assessing OER for course resources and training materials.
  • advocates for and advances the adoption of open education practices that support all teaching modalities, reduce costs and other barriers for students, and center students as knowledge creators.
  • collaborates with library liaisons to promote the usage and creation of OER across academic programs and curricula.
  • explores innovative outreach and marketing strategies to connect directly with students.
  • coordinates the Library's participation in campus-wide student orientation activities and hosts special events, workshops, and pop-ups for students.
  • contributes to the User Services Department’s general reference services and information literacy program.
  • conducts research and scholarship, participates in faculty governance and service work, and engages in professional development consistent with university standards for promotion and tenure.

Required Education

Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution. MLS close to completion will be considered. The candidate may be hired with the understanding that degree completion will occur before May 31, 2023

Other Desirables

• Demonstrated experience leading or contributing to diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and accessibility (DEIAA) initiatives
• Demonstrated experience leading instruction, teaching, or training
• Demonstrated experience managing a project, program, or team
• Demonstrated experience coordinating an open educational resources program or similar open education program/initiative
• Demonstrated experience centering, collaborating with, and advocating for marginalized student communities
• Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
• Familiarity with high-impact educational practices and other related student success initiatives
• Familiarity with copyright, including fair use, and how it relates to higher education
• Familiarity with open pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning, and/or Creative Commons licensing
• Strong commitment to providing excellent service to the public
• Experience developing outreach activities and events

Documents Needed to Apply

To successfully apply, applicants must include the following documents as separate attachments at the time of online application submittal: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of Teaching Philosophy, and a Research Statement or Creative Activities (as appropriate to the discipline). 

Special Instruction to Applicants 

If you need help applying, please contact the Faculty Recruitment Specialist at (615) 898-5128.

If you have position-specific questions, please contact Ashley Shealy at

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:  

  • Vacation and Sick Leave  
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents
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MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required before employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history to be considered for this position.

For individuals requiring reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

Application Review Date: 10/31/2022

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