Western Carolina University

Job Title

Hunter Fellow


Hunter Library


Opening Date: 11/11/2022
Closing Date:  12/16/2022

Job Description

This position offers growth opportunities for an early-career academic professional with an interest in research on issues related to libraries and workforce diversity.Building upon documented prior training and experience in research methods, research design, and research project management, the resident fellow will gain valuable experience as part of a research team. The resident fellow will support Hunter Library’s commitment to and participation in national efforts to understand and address barriers to increased racial and ethnic diversity within the library workforce. Experiences and expertise gained through this position will allow the fellow to strengthen research skills, solidify research interests, and explore options for a career path after the residency.

The resident will enrich Hunter Library by bringing in new ideas and perspectives, contributing to projects and strategic priorities, and helping to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within the library. The resident fellow also will have the option to serve on the library-wide DEI Committee and on campus committees and groups that promote DEI across the university. The majority of the first year of the fellowship will be spent working on an existing externally-funded research project.

The resident fellow will be given an opportunity during the second year to continue working on the same project, or to design and execute their own research project that aligns with the purpose of the fellowship. This position will report to the Dean of Library Services initially, but may be reassigned later to another supervisor depending upon the resident fellow’s interests and the library’s needs. The fellow will be provided additional support for professional development, at a level commensurate with what is provided to Hunter Library faculty librarians. Appropriate mentoring will be provided, depending upon the interests and career aspirations of the fellow.

This is a 12-months per year fixed-term faculty position at the rank of instructor. Initial appointment period is anticipated to be a two year period. Any appointment beyond the initial term will be at the discretion of WCU campus leadership in accordance with existing Academic Affairs guidelines/policies.

Anticipated salary is $60,000-$62,000. 


Job Duties

Collaborative Research Design and Execution; Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting; Project Management, Participation, and Governance; Grant Writing and Research Project Planning; Instruction. 


Accredited Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in Library Science, Information Studies, or another social-scientific field.

Less than five years of professional experience working in libraries.

A combination of formal training and experiences that demonstrate familiarity and skills in research methods, research design, and conducting research.

Demonstrated prior experience working with diverse racial and ethnic populations.

Supplemental Information

Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America’s Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU’s main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.

Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service.
WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences – many of which are offered free of charge.

How to Apply

Apply online here:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree, and the names and complete contact information for three professional references.

For questions/additional info, please contact search committee chair, Chuck Thomas, [email protected]

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