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Director of Teaching & Learning and the Learning Commons
About the Position: Western Washington University Libraries seeks a collaborative leader to further develop and implement a vision for teaching and learning in the Western Washington University Libraries.
About the College/Department: Western Washington University is a comprehensive state university that enrolls nearly 15,000 undergraduate, post baccalaureate and graduate students, employs over 600 FTE faculty, and consists of seven colleges and the graduate school.  Spectacularly located, the Bellingham campus overlooks the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands.  Bellingham, a coastal community of approximately 83,000, about 90 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver, B.C., is nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship.

As noted in the University's mission statement: Western Washington University serves the people of the State of Washington, the nation, and the world by bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  The 2014 U.S. News and World Report college rankings named Western as the highest-ranking, public master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest and third among top public master's-granting universities in the West.  Western has been identified by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the nation's best college workplaces.  More information about Western is available online:  http://www.wwu.edu.

About Western Libraries Teaching and Learning Environment:  The Western Libraries and the Learning Commons promotes three primary learning outcomes: inquiry, collaboration, and agency.  Our curricular instruction includes a variety of credit course options.  Embedded instruction initiatives connect academic literacies in courses across the university.  Co-curricular activities feature public events, orientations, and workshops that highlight our collections, tools, and services.  As our teaching and learning initiatives expand, we seek to ensure responsive yet sustainable programs.

Our Learning Commons - which also includes non-library partners such as the Digital Media Center, Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment, Center for Service-Learning, Student Technology Center, and Tutoring Center - has a national reputation for engaging faculty in conversations about the scholarship of teaching and learning and for connecting students to technological, quantitative, and multi-media literacies.  To promote an integrated approach to core literacies, faculty librarians, staff, and student employees in the Western Libraries newly created Research-Writing Studio advance face-to-face and virtual learning in an innovative and supportive environment.

Western Libraries supports the University's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered University that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  As a public institution in a state where students of color make up a growing proportion of high school graduates, Western Libraries is strongly committed to effectively serving our increasingly diverse student body.  We are proud of the increasingly diverse University and we welcome applications from diverse candidates interested in this faculty position.
Position Responsibilities: The Director of Teaching & Learning and the Learning Commons develops, implements, and assesses an integrated teaching and learning program for the Western Libraries that engages students and instructors from across the University.  As a member of the Dean's Leadership Group, the Director works collaboratively with librarians, staff, student employees, Learning Commons partners, and external stakeholders toward shared goals.  The Director helps advance new teaching and learning initiatives, including the online learning environment, student learning outcomes, and research-writing instruction within academic colleges' curricula. 
Required Qualifications:
Must be explicitly addressed in cover letter or vita
  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent
  • Leadership experience developing, implementing, and assessing teaching and learning programs
  • Teaching or instructional experience in an academic setting in multiple modes (such as face-to-face, hybrid or online)
  • Experience with and commitment to working with individuals with diverse social identities
  • Experience building consensus among multiple stakeholders
  • Engagement with current online learning pedagogies
  • Record of professional service and scholarship in teaching and learning
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D., Ed.D., or second Master's degree
  • Experience managing a Learning Commons (or equivalent) in an academic library
  • Experience leading others through organizational change
  • Experience with research or writing support in an academic setting
  • Experience raising funds and/or writing grant proposals
  • Experience working across disciplines to enhance professional development in teaching and learning
Academic Emphasis: Libraries
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham ,WA
This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position - rank and salary to be determined by professional experience.  Minimum salary $80,000.

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: To be considered for this position, application materials must be submitted via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at http://www.wwu.edu/jobs

Please submit a cover letter specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references.  References will not be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.

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Other Information: For further information, please contact Ms. Connie Mallison, Search Committee Coordinator, by email at Connie.Mallison@wwu.edu.
Job Posted: 1/6/2016
Closing Date: 3/1/2016
Recruitment #: 160003
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); eoo@wwu.edu

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.

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