Assistant/Associate Professor & Special Collections Archivist
The University of Illinois at Chicago Library seeks a dynamic and visionary individual for the
position of a tenure-track Special Collections Archivist.
The Special Collections Archivist has primary responsibility for planning, developing,
and maintaining the archival collections in Special Collections at the Daley Library. They will
work with both current and new collections to contribute to our mission of enhancing diverse and
inclusive collections of Chicago and social justice. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections
and University Archives, the archivist will provide leadership and expertise in the discovery of
our collections in addition to developing strategies and workflows that surface underrepresented
voices within and across collections and provide access to collections, including reference
This tenure-track appointment includes the expectation that the faculty member will be actively
engaged in and significantly contribute to the profession through research/scholarship and
service related to professional and scholarly interests. This includes publication, presentation,
and committee work at various levels. Support for scholarship and professional development,
including funding, research leave, and mentoring, are provided to foster candidate success
(https://library.uic.edu/about/employment/faculty-support). Expectations are further outlined in
the norms for tenure track appointments (https://uofi.box.com/v/tenuretracknorms).
UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie R1/VH
research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 33,000 students,
comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority
Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving
Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC
produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in
concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of
health sciences colleges and the only public law school in Chicago.
About the Special Collections Unit
The Special Collections and University Archives is comprised of four areas: public services, rare
books and manuscripts, health science history, and university archives. This unit focuses on
collecting, preserving, documenting, and teaching the diverse history and culture of Chicago and
the Chicagoland area including but not limited to Chicago-related post-World War II politics and
advocacy; design history; women’s political activism; social justice; Century of Progress
World’s Fair; artists’ books; the settlement house movement; and the history of our university.
Develop, curate, and make accessible archival collections, including prioritizing,
processing, arranging and describing collections, and creating finding aids and other
professional standards and practices.
Identify, select, and acquire multi-format collections (physical, born-digital, images,
artifacts) of enduring value in accordance with the department’s collection development
Build and maintain relationships with donors.
Manage student workers and/or interns.
Create metadata records that follow UIC Metadata Guidelines.
Collaborate with Digital Programs & Services staff to enhance the growing digital
presence of UIC’s special collections.
(including creating physical and digital exhibits) and instruction.
Provide reference services for Special Collections and University Archives.
Build a record of progressive scholarly and professional achievement to fulfill the
University Library’s requirements for tenure and promotion.
Perform special projects and other related duties as assigned.
a master's level program in library and information studies accredited or recognized by
the appropriate national body of another country), or advanced degree in archival studies,
history, or a related field; MLIS preferred.
Experience working in a special collection or archives setting.
Experience in arranging, describing, and preserving archival collections of varying sizes
All candidates who meet the required qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply. The
University Library values a diversity of skills and experiences.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
ArchivesSpace, Archon, etc.).
Supervisory experience in any setting.
Familiarity with born-digital materials and electronic records.
Familiarity with copyright and privacy restrictions as they relate to access and
digitization of archival collections.
The minimum salary for a full-time twelve-month tenure track appointment is $65,000. The
minimum salary for a full-time appointment at the rank of Associate Professor is $71,500.
Benefits for a twelve month appointment include 24 days vacation; 12 days annual sick leave
with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; medical insurance (contribution based on
annual salary; coverage for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life
insurance paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the State
Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until
withdrawal); no Social Security coverage, but Medicare payment is required. This appointment is
covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Trustees of the University of
Illinois and UIC United Faculty Local 6456, IFT-AFT, AAUP.
For fullest consideration, apply by June 17, 2022, with C.V, cover letter, and the name and
contact information for at least three professional references. The position close date is July 1,
All applicants must submit an online application through https://jobs.uic.edu/. To apply,
click on the following link: https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=166493
The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of
a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the
Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that
has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in
receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We are committed to equal employment
opportunities regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national
origin, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any
documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to
current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For