Lead, Teaching & Learning Team

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with qualifications, experience and rank
Apr 16, 2019
Apr 16, 2019
Full Time
Lead, Teaching & Learning Team

The George Mason University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented leader for its newly configured and expanded Teaching & Learning Team. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. The Teaching & Learning Team Leader will take a prominent role in the libraries' development of key partnerships and collaborations, focusing on undergraduate educational initiatives across the university, in providing intensive, and broad-based instructional and related services.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Learning, Research, and Engagement (LRE), the Lead, Teaching & Learning (T&L) Team is responsible for the leadership, supervision, planning, and administrative oversight for a team comprised of some five professional faculty librarians (including the Team Lead) and eight Library Specialist III and Library Specialist II classified staff - with the primary responsibilities of engaging undergraduates (particularly those in years one through three, from broad-based groups' undergraduate-focused programs and initiatives) in their research and information literacy-based learning. This person will demonstrate an ability to thrive in a team-based environment, participating in the engagement activities and collaborative programs of the T&L Team.

In addition to managing the T&L Team, the Lead regularly works with the Associate University Librarian for LRE in outreach activities with the myriad programs focused on undergraduate education across the university, including (but not limited to) the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR); the Honors Program; the Communications Lab; Mason/NOVA Advance; English 101 and 302; and the Mason Early Identification Program.

This individual will lead the development of a service portfolio for the Libraries' broad-based undergraduate information literacy and general instructional programs, in collaboration with the other LRE division team leads and managers. Working closely with the other team leads, managers, and directors within the LRE division, and across the Libraries, this position will provide leadership and oversight - particularly in the planning and assessment of instructional, learning, and literacy-based activities and programs. Additionally, this position will oversee the Libraries' online learning services (for distance education, blended, and traditional course instructional and learning support), Virtual Reference, and Assistive Technology/Accessibility Services.

The Team Lead will foster an environment encouraging exploration, innovation, and implementation of new approaches to teaching and learning within Mason's libraries; build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds; be committed to professional development and growth of all T & L team members; and collaborate with faculty in developing initiatives that foster the integration of information literacy and research skills amongst undergraduate student populations.

The Team Lead will also act as the Libraries' point person for the ADVANCE Mason/NOVA Partnership; assist with the development of possible new Libraries' learning and collaborative environments as part of ongoing university-wide planning for a learning commons in the Johnson Center; and, as appropriate, work with or as a member of committees serving state, regional, or national consortia, notably VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia) and WRLC (the Washington Research Libraries Consortium

Required Qualifications: * ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library or Information Science OR an equivalent certified foreign degree; * Experience of at least five years at a professional level focused on teaching and learning, broadly speaking, within higher education; * Teaching experience and familiarity with online learning, including facility with an online learning delivery platform(s); * Understanding of pedagogical methods and learning outcomes assessment in support of teaching and learning; * Knowledge of current and emerging trends in teaching and learning, online learning, and learning technologies within academic libraries and higher education; * Knowledge of reference and research consultation processes, including fulfilling such services through a Virtual Reference platform(s); * A strong user-centered focus toward student success; * Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively on teams; * Excellent written and oral communication and public presentation skills; * Flexibility, adaptability, and ability to succeed in a dynamic and complex environment; * Demonstrated successful supervisory experience; and, * Strong commitment to service excellence and a passion for teaching.

Preferred Qualifications: * Highly Desirable - Additional advanced degree in a relevant discipline; * Experience developing working partnerships through outreach and engagement with university communities and clienteles; * Demonstrated project management skills; * Established record of research/scholarly publications and presentations at conferences focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning; and, * Evidence of relevant professional service activities at the state, regional, or national levels.

Appointment/Benefits: 12-month professional faculty (Librarian) appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia's leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library-innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at library.gmu.edu for more information.

All applications for this position (FA169z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason's employment page (https://jobs.gmu.edu/). Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop (rprokop@gmu.edu), Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin February 18, 2019.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

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