Teaching & Learning: K-12 & SP – Library Media Specialist, Assistant/Associate Professor – Minnesota State University Mankato

Teaching & Learning: K-12 & SP – Library Media Specialist, Assistant/Associate Professor (AA19143)

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Location: Minnesota State Mankato, MN
Job Type: Probationary
Department: Academic Affairs
Job Number: 01012
Position: Tenure-Track (Probationary*)
Application Deadline: Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 25, 2018.
Date of Appointment: August 19, 2019

The Department of Teaching & Learning: K-12 and Secondary Programs at Minnesota State University, Mankato invites applicants for a tenure track position. The successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses for initial teaching licensure, as well as advanced programs with a focus on School Library/Information Studies, content-based literacy, as well as curriculum and instruction. This position requires the faculty member to develop and deliver on-line, hybrid, and face-to-face instruction using a lens of racial equity and social justice. Successful candidates will be expected to collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation. Engagement in scholarly research, leading to publications and conference presentations and full engagement in continued professional development is expected. The successful candidate will cultivate relationships with school districts in order to prepare teacher candidates to work with racially, linguistically, and diverse populations. This faculty position will advise graduate students (initial licensure and advanced programs) and supervise course-related field experiences. Applicants should be able to help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion. Participation in service to department, college, university, community, and K-12 university partnerships is expected.

• A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twelve (12) credits per semester of instruction.
• The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as assigned and qualified.
• May be expected to develop and deliver face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university’s additional locations, as assigned.
• The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities.
• All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, in contributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (see Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement).

Required Qualifications
• Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution. (Conferred on an official transcript at the time of application.)
• One (1) or more years of experience as a P-12 licensed school librarian/media specialist.

Preferred Qualifications
• Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
• A second Master’s degree, or PhD/EdD degree in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction, or closely related field.
• Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills.
• Evidence of successful higher education teaching experience in undergraduate and/or graduate programs or successful support of adult learners.
• Evidence of specialized training in school library/information studies, content-based literacy, curriculum and instructional design, and/or differentiated instruction.
• Demonstrated ability to impact learners’ preparation and development of knowledge and skills in the areas of social justice, equity, and cultural competency.
• Evidence of potential to maintain an active scholarly agenda.
• Demonstrated ability to foster a collaborative team environment.
• Evidence of experience forging constructive and complementary relationships between P-12 education, university level faculty/administration, community individuals, and groups.
• Demonstrated ability to advocate for school libraries/media centers.
• Documented evidence of effectively using digital technology to enhance instruction.
• Demonstrated proficiency in online education.
• Experience using data to make informed decisions, generate goals and reports.
• In addition to experience in a school or public library, a specialty librarian or information professional in an organizational setting such as medical or health science librarian, government librarian, corporate librarian, law librarian, or museum librarian.

Additional Information
The School Library/Information Studies program at Minnesota State University, Mankato is “Nationally Recognized” by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation. The program has been accredited by the American Library Association/American Association of School Librarians and ranks 7th in the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Library Science Degrees. More information can be found here: https://ed.mnsu.edu/ksp/lme/

University Demographics
Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is a regional comprehensive university with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-working thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 53,000 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Serving more than 18,000 students annually, the University enrolls 13% first generation university/college and 16% students of color. The University is a diverse and global campus with more than 1,300 international students from 90+ countries. In and around Greater Mankato, more than 8% of the population consists of non-native speaking populations. Minnesota State University, Mankato, features cutting-edge information technology solutions, 3 additional locations, and extensive partnerships. With nearly 2,000 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $216 million, and adds $452 million to the Mankato economy.

Noteworthy facts include: specialized accreditation, certification, or recognition, by more than 24 accrediting bodies; designation as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture, by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2015; selection among the top 10% of American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) institutions for the Re-imagining the First Year of College (RFY) project; and an Intercollegiate Athletics program that has ranked in the top 5 nationally within the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for 7 of the last 10 years.

We seek to attract teaching and research-active, culturally and academically diverse faculty members, with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation.

Additional information about Minnesota State Mankato can be found at mnsu.edu.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website http://www.mnsu.edu/hr/vacancy/jobopp.html., through the green “Apply” button at the top of the job posting page. A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Contact information for three(3) references
Unofficial Transcript(s) of candidate’s relevant graduate degree(s)
Cover Letter
A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working in an equity-minded environment

Original posting / application information