University of Wisconsin- Whitewater

Job Title

Assistant Professor - Library Media


Educational Foundations College of Education and Professional Studies


Opening Date: 10/31/2023
Closing Date:  11/20/2023

Job Description

Academic preparation should reflect one or more of the following broad areas: library studies, school library media, information science, educational technology, social foundations of education, or related fields. The position will begin in August 2024. Primary responsibilities of the position include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in connection with the Library Media program and the UW System School Library Education Cooperative (UWSSLEC). Responsibilities also include directing the Library Media program in coordination with supporting faculty and staff. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to advising, conduct and maintain a scholarly research agenda, and provide service to the university, community, and profession. The candidates will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace inclusion as a member of the university community.

Job Duties

Teaching responsibilities include teaching courses in the Library Media Program and University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Collaborative (UWSSLEC). Administrative responsibilities include program coordination of the library media program. The administrative responsibility reduces the average teaching load to 3 courses each semester, with any additional grant and administrative duties leading to further course load reductions. Administrative responsibilities continue through the summer semesters and will be compensated with additional stipends. Research responsibilities include maintaining an active research agenda including publications in peer-reviewed journals or books and attending research conferences. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in research or other scholarly and creative activities. Service responsibilities include committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as participation in community organizations and within your professional discipline, as relevant to the candidate's expertise and interest. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach in a variety of formats, including in-person, online, and/or in a hybrid format, or courses in the evenings or on weekends.
The Department seeks an individual whose combined expertise will allow them to teach courses in the Library Media Program that include, but are not limited to:
  • Digital Tools (LIBMEDIA 343/543)
  • Library Administration (LIBMEDIA 454/654)
  • Information Literacy (LIBMEDIA 440/752)Finding and Using Information / Virtual Libraries (LIBMEDIA 350/756)
  • Leadership (LIBMEDIA 455/751)
  • Organizing Information (LIBMEDIA 451/651)
Administrative Role
In coordination with supporting faculty and staff, administrative responsibilities include:
  • Leadership
  • Coordinate meetings, discussions, and innovative approaches for the University of Wisconsin System Shared Library Education Consortium (UWSSLEC) with colleagues from a partner university
  • Planning
  • Design budgets and course rotations with department colleagues, university partners, and instructors
  • Assessment Develop and evaluate program and course assessments, such as portfolios, in tandem with university partners, instructors, and other key stakeholders
  • Marketing
  • Collaborate with university marketing professionals to create both face-to-face and digital marketing strategies to recruit future candidates and share


Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Ed.D., or other equivalent, terminal degree in a related field
  • ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2024; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2025 in advance of their first scheduled review.
  • Expertise and/or equivalent experience in library studies, school library media, or information science
Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working as a K-12, higher education, or public librarian
  • Expertise in educational technology
  • Experience teaching, supervising, and/or advising in higher education
  • Experience, teaching, and/or research activity related to inclusive libraries
  • Experience teaching in online and hybrid classrooms
  • Clear evidence of scholarly potential or achievement
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations, including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds

Supplemental Information


The Department of Educational Foundations is a highly collegial, collaborative, and interdisciplinary department, which seeks to foster the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions most vital to the future work of outstanding educators. Our department offers courses for all undergraduate students in the College of Education and Professional Studies to build the core foundations of educational psychology, learner development, technology and assessment integration, history and philosophy of education, and equity and diversity in education. We offer master's degrees in Instructional Design and Learning Technology, Library and Media Sciences, and a graduate certificate in Gifted Education. As a department, we strive to provide students with the knowledge, tools, and skills they need to become outstanding, reflective, culturally sustaining educators. See for more information.


The UW System School Library Education Collaborative (UWSSLEC) is a collaboration between UW Whitewater and UW Oshkosh, with some participation from UW Madison, to provide the 1902 licensure courses to students across the state. We are committed to providing these courses in a format that accommodates working teachers or school librarians, taught by faculty from our universities. UWSSLEC courses are offered asynchronously online with one face-to-face residency weekend per course. The residency weekend is held at the campus teaching the course. We use the home campus model so that students enroll at one university and enroll in all courses as if they were taught at that university even if they are taught at the other campus.


UW-Whitewater is a thriving public university located in southeastern Wisconsin. It leads the way in providing world-class, affordable higher education programs to more students than neighboring regional comprehensives in the University of Wisconsin System. A collaborative team of 1,300 faculty and staff are devoted to the success of the university's 11,000 students at its main and Rock County campuses. The team provides high-impact practices and academic programs - online and in person - from associate to doctoral levels. Recognized nationally for affordability, inclusion, and career development, UWW has approximately one-third first-generation students and boasts strength in many areas, especially business and education. The campus and community embrace the Warhawk Family spirit, supporting the university's arts and nationally recognized NCAA Division-III level championship athletics. As a proud institution of access, more than 10 percent of undergraduate students use the acclaimed Center for Students with Disabilities - a priority mission since the 1970s. UW-Whitewater's campuses are located centrally near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, offering easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Near both Lake Geneva and the Wisconsin Dells, the area attracts numerous visitors from across the country. Whitewater is a vibrant college community near the Kettle Moraine State Forest offering area residents seasonal outdoor enjoyment. The nearby Rock County campus is located in Janesville, a town of 60,000 located on the Rock River and known as Wisconsin's Park Place. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a). Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.**


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting salary of $60,000 for a 9-month contract, along with $5,000 additional summer stipend for program administration. Additional compensation for technology, research dissemination, and professional development activities are available.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System's comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.

How to Apply


This position will remain open until filled. However, an initial review of applications will be taking place on November 20th, 2023. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1024 or [email protected].

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Dr. Beth King, Department of Educational Foundation, [email protected]
Dr. Gardner Seawright, Department of Educational Foundations, [email protected]


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Cover Letter/Letter of interest that addresses the required qualifications
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Name and contact information for three professional references
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
Optional Materials:
  • Copies of course evaluations from relevant courses when applicable
  • A research sample (published article, book or dissertation chapter, or other media) limited to 50 pages in length.
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