Department Head, Teaching and Learning Services – University of California – Davis, CA

Position Overview
The University Library of the University of California, Davis, seeks a visionary, creative, and tech-savvy head of its new Teaching and Learning Services Department. This is an exciting opportunity to assist in the creation of a Library instruction framework that contributes to campus initiatives related to student learning, particularly in the online environment. The department head will operate within a newly reorganized library structure that supports the high quality research collections and academic services on which the entire university community depends. The Teaching and Learning department is part of a new directorate for Academic Services that, in addition to Teaching and Learning Services, includes Access and Delivery Services, Research Services, and Special Collections.

With primary responsibility for implementing teaching and learning services across the University Library, this position is responsible for building a Library-wide commitment to effective instruction. The successful candidate will, among other activities, lead and facilitate the creation and continued development of online learning infrastructure to support a learning environment that incorporates learning outcomes, curriculum mapping, and assessment.

The position supports the educational mission of UC Davis and leads the library in partnering with and supporting faculty by developing online, hybrid, and flipped courses, among other modalities, that en toto create an integrated, assessable, and information literacy-focused curriculum. The end result will partner pedagogy and technology that scales services to audiences, promotes access to student research, and fosters life-long learning.

UC Davis and University Library
UC Davis is a global community of individuals united to better humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near the California state capital of Sacramento, UC Davis has more than 34,000 students, the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics, and 17,400 staff. The campus has an annual research budget of over $750 million, a comprehensive health system, and about two dozen specialized research centers. Recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the U.S. and the Number 1 university in the world for agricultural research, UC Davis offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The UC Davis University Library is among the top 100 research libraries in North America, and belongs to the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, and other organizations that position it to collaborate with other top organizations.

Position Responsibilities

  • Under the general oversight of the Associate University Librarian for Academic Services, the Head of the Teaching and Learning Services Department is responsible for the overall leadership of the department. Responsibilities include forming vision, strategy, and goals for Library teaching and learning; identifying, inspiring, developing, and coordinating and facilitating Library teaching and learning services across the University; outreach efforts to campus faculty, students, and staff; establishing collaborations with aligned groups (such as the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Academic Technology Services); and assessing and evaluating unit service effectiveness.
  • Administrative duties include, but are not limited to, hiring and managing staff, training, preparing letters of evaluation, and making assignments for employees; formulating policies and procedures; developing appropriate programs and services; overseeing equipment, software and facilities; monitoring budget expenditures (student assistants, operating); maintaining statistics and preparing annual reports; and interpreting library and university policies and procedures to staff.
  • Develops, directs, and evaluates Teaching and Learning Service’s assessment program, relating assessment plans to the Library’s strategic plan and organizational excellence initiatives, as well as to campus assessment and teaching priorities.
  • Initiates and maintains regular communications within the department, and with members of the library’s senior executive team (especially the AUL for Academic Services), departments with interdependencies, appropriate campus departments and groups, and relevant organizations, such as University of California Online Education (UCOE). Represents the department at Library-wide meetings, including service on appropriate councils.
  • The Head of Teaching and Learning Services will contribute to strategic and other long and short-term planning for the Department’s services, programs and projects. S/he will develop, manage, and evaluate the Library’s instruction assessment programs, including the generation and interpretation of data to inform the department’s decisions, and to demonstrate its value to the UC Davis community and beyond.

Required Qualifications

  • An advanced degree (Masters or equivalent or higher) in the humanities, social sciences or sciences, with demonstrated involvement in pedagogy and experience with academic libraries or library instruction
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in a teaching field
  • Experience with innovative educational/instructional technologies and design, digital scholarship, and trends in online learning
  • Knowledge of instructional theories, learning methods, and educational practices used with diverse learner communities
  • Experience with direct and indirect management over projects or units, manage time and multiple projects simultaneously, set and accomplish goals, meet deadlines, work independently or with multiple constituencies
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, promote teamwork, and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, and staff in a collaborative, complex and rapidly changing environment
  • Experience in exercising progressively more demanding management and supervisory skills and abilities in an academic or research setting
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation theories and practices
  • Knowledge of evolving information literacy standards in the digital age
  • Experience with one or more learning management systems used in higher education

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in the humanities, social sciences or sciences, with a background in pedagogy and demonstrated experience with academic libraries or library instruction
  • A master’s degree in library and information studies accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience
  • Experience collaborating with teaching faculty to create professional relationships that align library teaching objectives with course outcomes
  • Knowledge of copyright and other intellectual property principles as they relate to online instructional design
  • Knowledge of web accessibility standards for persons with disabilities
  • Knowledge of marketing and outreach for educational services
  • This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

Salary and Benefits
This is a career appointment as an Academic Coordinator I, with a salary range of $48,048 up to $91,464 (academic appointment). UC is one of the largest employers in California, and offers outstanding health and retirement benefits to its employees and their families, including thirteen holidays, opportunities for career advancement, and a chance to make a difference and work alongside some of the brightest and most visionary figures of our time.

UC Compensation and Benefits

Application information
Applications must be submitted via the UC Davis Recruit website

Please include a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the position, a Curriculum Vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy (no more than 2-pages) and names and contact information for at least three references.

Candidates applying by January 30, 2015 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014.