Humanities Librarian

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The University of Northern Iowa’s Rod Library seeks applications for a tenure-track position as Humanities Librarian, reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Learning and Research. The Humanities Librarian is an 11 month appointment and will actively serve as liaison and collection strategist supporting multidisciplinary and humanities areas. This includes liaising with departments including but not limited to Philosophy & World Religions and Languages & Literatures. Additionally, this librarian will support multidisciplinary programs, such as Studies in Sexuality, Women, & Gender and student affairs units such as Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice. Liaison responsibilities include teaching in the library instruction program, supporting information literacy, providing research consultations and general reference support, and creating and maintaining online course guides and instructional media. Collection strategist responsibilities include developing and assessing collections in changing formats, participating in program reviews, and curricular consultations.

Library faculty are expected to meet tenure and promotion standards and criteria as outlined in the Library Faculty Handbook in accordance with the University Faculty Handbook. Participation in library and institutional committees and professional associations is expected, as well as ongoing research, scholarship and/or creative work, and public professional service.

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As UNI advances our work to become an equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build an inclusive teaching and learning environment. Equity vision hires will be supported by faculty on campus who are working to reimagine our curriculum and pedagogy and to build equitable practices for tenure and promotion; policy review, development and implementation; and student retention, persistence, and success. They will be welcomed to join these efforts.

Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs. The University’s attractive size, approximately 10,000 students, allows UNI to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. UNI has been recognized for the past 18 years as one of the “Best Midwest Universities” by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, the campus is comprised of more than 40 buildings on 940 acres. For more information, visit

ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science or international equivalent required. Required qualifications also include interest in and commitment to teaching and library instruction; willingness and ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with coworkers and campus community; excellent oral and written communication skills; interest in working collaboratively across disciplines; and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Desirable qualifications include teaching or instructional experience and a degree in a humanities discipline.

Applications received by February 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Clint Wrede at 319-273-3654 or Pre-employment background checks required.

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

The University is a tobacco-free campus.

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