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Visiting Distance Education Librarian – Assistant Professor (FAC096)

University Mission:  Concordia University is a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society.

Position Title

Visiting Distance Education Librarian – Assistant Professor


Library, GRW

Reports To

Dean of Libraries

FLSA Status


Salary Grade

Assistant Professor rank and salary schedule

Primary Work Location

Onsite Main Campus, Portland OR

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday with flexibility to work irregular hours and weekends required.

Assessment Schedule

Position assessed after the initial 90 days and then annually

Position Number


Employee Class

07 – Faculty, Full-time, Exempt. This is a temporary visiting assignment through approximately December 31, 2019.

EEO Classification




Last Updated

September 2018


Position Summary

Serves as the Library liaison to the College of Education and coordinates with CU Online for the delivery of instruction and services to students on campus and at a distance. Participates in daily reference service for the students, faculty and staff of Concordia University. Conducts instruction sessions for these groups in accordance with the mission, core themes, and values of Concordia University. Participates in collection development and student success initiatives. This is a visiting ranked faculty position with commensurate rights and responsibilities.



Concordia University is a private, Christian university. Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based on religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the University and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Develops and creates information literacy curriculum, lectures, and presentations, implementing the recognized established purposes of the College of Education.

In collaboration with College of Education faculty, promotes and teaches classroom based and one-on-one research/information literacy sessions.

Answers research and reference questions virtually and on campus, including weekend virtual reference questions.

Develops tutorials, videos, and research guides that utilize library resources and integrate information literacy learning outcomes into the curriculum of programs. Collaborates with CU Online faculty and staff on integration of information literacy with online courses.

Participates in student success initiatives, such as the Personal Librarian Program.

Assists in the management of the Open Educational Resources initiative.

Participates in collection development with other librarians.

Monitors appropriate literature to stay abreast of new techniques and technology. Participates in appropriate opportunities for professional development.

Participates in Orbis Cascade consortium activities where needed.

Works collaboratively with the Dean, Head of Reference and Instruction, faculty, staff, and students to advance the mission and academic excellence of the University Library in accordance with the mission, values, and vision of CU.

Engages in scholarship and service including university committees.

Assists with the creation and maintenance of an efficient and respectful working environment in the library.

Other duties as assigned.


Work Contacts

Contacts include Department Dean, peer faculty, staff, and students on a regular basis.


Scope of Work

Work is subject to academic review and supports the execution of strategic initiatives of the University. Acts as a subject matter expert. Keeps leaders informed of results, outcomes, and obstacles.


Working Conditions

Classroom, virtual classroom, and office environment


Minimum Physical Requirements

Able to be present to teach coursework onsite or in a virtual classroom.

Able to use technology and administrative software (i.e. Blackboard, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.) to enter data, respond to inquiries, and create teaching materials.

Able to use computer hardware and peripherals as well as office equipment including copiers and scanners.

Able to communicate effectively in person, in front of audiences, electronically, and via telephone.

Tolerance to repetitive motions including keyboarding and writing.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

MLIS, MLS, MSLS or MALS from an ALA accredited institution (or international equivalent).

1+ year library or teaching experience.

Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate professionally with a diverse constituency.


Preferred Experience

Experience with Blackboard or other learning management systems.

Experience or training in teaching, online pedagogy, and/or instructional design.

Experience with Adobe Captivate or other authoring software.

Experience working in high volume online reference.

Experience or knowledge of K – 12 instruction.


Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

Effective and professional written and verbal communication.

Experience and desire to create an academic environment that respects, includes, and enhances diversity of thought and promotes effective consideration of alternative points of view.

Strong computer and technology skills; proficient in using the Microsoft Office Suite and able to effectively use Blackboard and other applicable technology on a regular basis.

Possess and demonstrate integrity, judgment, positivity, and professionalism.


Pre-Employment Screening Requirements

Successfully pass a criminal background check.


Attitude and Demeanor of all Concordia University Employees

Publicly support the mission of Concordia University.

Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates.

Work as a team member in a professional environment.

Possess a “service attitude” (willingness to be flexible to meet the demands of the college and/or department).

Have a professional physical appearance (appropriate clothing, hygiene, etc.).