Subject Liaison for Theology and Religion-Nashville, TN


Vanderbilt University aspires to shape the future of higher education and to foster the creation of knowledge that together improve the human condition. Vanderbilt’s current Strategic Plan is driven by a set of four dynamic and interconnected pillars to frame our aspirations as one of the world’s great teaching and research universities: undergraduate residential experience, trans-institutional programs, healthcare solutions, and education technologies. The position of Professional Librarian will embrace, support, and contribute to the vision and goals of the strategic plan in the pursuit of excellence in learning and discovery by providing professional research instruction and information consultation services for faculty and students in the Divinity School, Graduate Department of Religion and the Religious Studies Department of the College of Arts & Science. This librarian will have a particularly important role in undergraduate residential experiences and in its graduate and professional student equivalent. S/he will work with students and faculty in a variety of schools and departments across the university, but especially with graduate and professional students in the Divinity School. As one of a team of liaisons on the Divinity Library staff, s/he will help support two professional degree programs (M.Div and M.T.S), along with M.A. and Ph.D programs in nine areas within the Graduate Department of Religion, and a growing undergraduate Religious Studies program.

An understanding of faculty research and teaching methods across a variety of disciplines within theological study is required. An ability to teach research methods, utilizing specialized data and information products is essential.

·         Manage collection development and maintenance activities for assigned subject areas.

·         Support Undergraduate Residential Experiences.

o   Provide one-on-one consultation services to faculty and students in undergraduate and graduate level.

o   Plan, develop and deliver courses, workshops and orientations for students and faculty.

·         Support Education Technologies.

o   Develop customized course-integrated research, database and resource instruction.

o   Create and maintain library documentation/web pages related to information resources and services.

o   Provide other support for campus Education Technology initiatives as appropriate given candidate’s skill set and experiences.

All professional staff are expected to support and participate in strategic initiatives as an integral component of their responsibilities. These may vary in number and scope over time, and are a an increasingly substantive portion of the job responsibilities. Cross-disciplinary teaching and interdisciplinary program areas, particularly in Religious Studies, means liaison responsibilities will be coordinated with other liaisons, and faculty in other departments.


QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will bring a combination of expertise and experience from both pertinent academic disciplines and library/information sciences. A graduate degree is expected, whether that is an advanced degree in a related discipline along with library experience, or an MLIS or equivalent with a combination of relevant library and academic experience. A subject area masters or Ph.D. is highly desirable, with a focus in theology or historical studies preferred. At least two years of related professional experience is required, preferably with experience in teaching, outreach and/or experience in meeting the research needs of students and faculty in religious and/or theological studies. The ability to work in a highly collaborative setting, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a strong commitment to service are expected. A wide range of computer and technology skills are now required for library professionals. Facility with the technologies and with databases relevant to religious and theological studies, and knowledge of current trends in library technology are required. A demonstrated proficiency in Education Technologies and/or Social Media is preferred. Ability to work with a variety of departments across the university and the libraries is important.


ENVIRONMENT: This is an exciting time to be at Vanderbilt University. With an enrollment of over 12,000, Vanderbilt is ideally situated on a wooded campus in the heart of vibrant Nashville, Tennessee. The Jean and Alexander Heard Library System is an integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of the university and community. Our libraries are engaged in major initiatives within Vanderbilt, as well as nationally and internationally. In a Vanderbilt partnership with the Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education is examining emerging national-scale digital projects which have the potential to help transform higher education. We are a sponsor and host institute of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows. Our libraries have an exceptionally talented and dedicated staff of almost 200, an annual budget exceeding $26 million, and hold over 3.7 million volumes. The Heard Library includes nine libraries, the campus course management system and the nationally acclaimed Vanderbilt Television News Archive. Our innovative digital exhibits programs have attracted national attention along with our Gold LEED Central Library renovation. Vanderbilt University is ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News and World Report and has ten nationally-ranked schools and colleges. For more information, please see


COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with education and experience. Benefits are those applicable to exempt employees of Vanderbilt University, including health care insurance; retirement plan options; tuition discount program; and paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave.


APPLICATIONS received by December 1, 2015 will receive first consideration; interested individuals must apply to be considered. Please apply online at Refer to requisition number 1510726. Include a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.