Director for Research and Instruction -- University of Arkansas

Post date: April 6, 2022

Director for Research and Instruction

The University of Arkansas Libraries invites nominations and applications for the position of Director for Research and Instruction. The Libraries seek candidates who are receptive to and foster new ideas and who have demonstrated collaboration and shown open communication skills. Additional key attributes are the ability to create and promote successful partnerships with other university departments, to provide excellent services, and to adapt programs and services that support positive change within the institution. This critical leadership position will collaboratively develop and implement services tailored to students and faculty research and teaching; lead new initiatives; hold administrative responsibilities; and participate in departmental work. This will be especially important as the main library, Mullins Library, undergoes a major renovation of the first two floors.

The successful candidate should possess an exemplary service orientation; work effectively in a diverse and changing environment; engage in faculty liaison activities such as outreach; initiative and flexibility; have strong interpersonal skills and clearly demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with team members, other library colleagues, and patrons; and have effective oral and written communication skills. The successful candidate should have the capacity to thrive in the ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a major research institution and respond effectively to fast-changing needs and priorities. This is a full-time tenure track position, and the candidate must have an established an evolving professional record of scholarly/creative accomplishments and professional service necessary in keeping with the faculty requirements of the University of Arkansas. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Research and Learning.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, vision, innovation, and advocacy for the Research and Instruction Department in advancing programs and services of the department and Libraries’ strategic goals, assessing the success of these efforts, and making recommendations to library leadership for potential changes.

  • Supervise faculty; cultivating a strong, user-oriented team that applies their diverse skills and perspective to achieve common goals. Provide professional development, guidance, and mentorship for program development, and coordination of projects, personnel, and services for optimum operational effectiveness.

  • Ensure strong collaboration and cooperation between Research and Instruction and the Libraries User Services department on instruction, research support, service, assessment, and outreach initiatives and work with collection development efforts.

  • Seek and foster collaborations and partnerships with university academic and administrative departments, research centers, and institutes; distance education programs; international initiatives; granting agencies; and undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research.

  • Represent Research and Instruction on the Library Management Council; participate in strategic planning, library management, and priority setting.

  • Foster mutually beneficial partnerships with Special Collections and Content and Digital Initiatives to include OER, Data Services, and Scholarly Communications.

  • May serve as a liaison librarian to one or more academic departments, providing direct support to faculty and students through instruction, research support, and collection development.

Rank and Salary: Tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor or Associate Librarian / Associate Professor. Starting salary: $75,000.

Benefits: Relocation allowance available. Benefits include TIAA or Fidelity Investments, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, and health insurance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent. Candidates who received international degrees in library and information science not accredited by ALA will need to submit the foreign credential evaluation determination.

  • Demonstrated leadership ability, supervision, and/or team management experience

  • Experience developing and implementing goals with a team

  • Knowledge of issues and trends in teaching and learning in academic libraries

  • Ability to assess user needs, seek continuous improvement, and create a compelling holistic user experience of the libraries

  • Experience with public service in an academic, research, or special library through reference, instruction, and external engagement

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the design, delivery, and assessment of student-centered services

  • Demonstrated experience developing or offering unique services or collaborations alongside faculty and students

  • Grant writing and administration experience

  • Awareness of emerging pedagogies and learning theories in higher education

Background: The University of Arkansas places students first by enhancing academic programs, creating an engaging campus life, reducing obstacles, enhancing diversity, improving graduation rates, and marshaling the expertise of the faculty, staff, and students. The University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with very high levels of research activity (RU/VH). The University provides a superior campus landscape and environment while designing and building world class facilities. The funding for research awards and research expenditures continues to grow and so do the academic programs offered. The University Libraries share in the stewardship of the University’s goals and takes responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections as well as programs that further support the academic mission. For more information, visit the Libraries’ home page (

The University of Arkansas Libraries aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

The University of Arkansas campus ( in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a student enrollment of more than 26,000, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System. With a population of approximately 460,000, the northwest Arkansas region is home to two Fortune 100 company headquarters. This thriving region offers numerous cultural venues, such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walton Arts Center, and the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.

Application deadline and contact information. Individuals from underrepresented groups and women are encouraged to apply. Completed applications received by April 14, 2022, will receive full consideration. For the full posting or to apply, please go to When completing your application, please upload the following: letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a list of three current references (names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers). Candidates who received international degrees in library and information science not accredited by ALA will need to submit the foreign credential evaluation determination.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.