Assistant/Associate Professor & Special Collections Archivist -- University of Illinois at Chicago Library

Post date: June 23, 2022

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. 

Job Summary

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

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About UIC

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


  • Accession, prepare processing plans, and preserve materials in accordance with

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.  

  • Promote the interpretation and understanding of the collections through outreach

(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.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or from

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

and complexity.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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

  • Ability to work with archival collection management software (i.e., CuadraStar SKCA,

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 To apply,

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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

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