Head, Scholars’ Collaborative – Internal Search
Department Scholars' Collaborative
Position Type Faculty
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Appointment Rank Assistant/Associate Professor
Reports To Senior Associate Dean
Salary Minimum $58,000
Available August 1, 2019


The Head, Scholars’ Collaborative provides vision and strategic direction for the University Libraries in support of scholars at all levels who are interested in engaging in digitally-based research and study. Expanding on efforts begun more than a decade ago to prepare students to thrive in media-rich environments, the Head will continue to develop The Studio by integrating the spaces, cutting-edge technologies, and expertise to coordinate innovative and expanding digital services.

The Head fosters a responsive, cohesive department that works collegially to foster a community of scholars from all disciplines with faculty, students, and staff. The Head is expected to participate in local, regional and national initiatives broadly related to digital scholarship in order to support the evolution of services and to contribute to the Libraries’ goals of improving digital fluency, open scholarship, and support for the research life-cycle.

This key leadership position actively participates in management of the Libraries through Library Council and other committees and groups, and successfully collaborates with others in the Libraries to deliver excellent instructional and research services. The department currently includes nine (9) full-time staff and faculty, two graduate assistants, and hourly student assistants.

Responsibilities & Duties


  • Ensures effective communication and consistent support for users of the Scholars’ Collaborative services
  • Conducts ongoing needs assessment and engagement with the university community to develop and maintain a robust and integrated set of programs and activities that strengthen the library’s role in supporting digital scholarship, digital pedagogy, and the use of multimedia in teaching, learning, and scholarship
  • Builds campus partnerships to create best practices and sustainable models for specialized hardware and software offerings for students and faculty working with media technologies and the curation of locally created online teaching materials and user-generated content
  • Leads the Scholars’ Collaborative in planning, coordinating, and, delivering workshops and course-integrated instruction in areas relating to the department’s services
  • Works with peers in the Libraries to plan, implement, and assess media and digital scholarship instruction in a media commons environment
  • Contributes to the library’s efforts to support experiential learning and promote undergraduate research
  • Stays current on developing best practices and technologies in digital scholarship, publishing, open science, data services, and media production
  • Works with department members and others in the Libraries to organize workshops, guest lectures, and related programming such as Open Access Week, GIS Day, and Love Data Week
  • Ensures the diversity and inclusion practices of the library are implemented throughout the department’s services and spaces to create a welcoming environment
  • Promotes collegiality and fosters a responsive and user-oriented team
  • Provides leadership for the Scholars’ Collaborative faculty and staff through professional development, mentoring, coaching, and regular review of department personnel

Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity, and Service

  • Engages in scholarly activity through publications and presentations
  • Participates in professional activities associated with job functions and research interests
  • Serves on library, university, and professional committees
  • Serves the library profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other information professionals

Required Qualifications

  • ALA accredited master’s degree
  • Several years’ experience working in an area core to the Scholars’ Collaborative mission (digital media, scholarly communication, data management/archiving, GIS, digital humanities)
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, set and achieve goals, assess outcomes, and lead others in achieving shared goals
  • Strong service orientation with experience managing a media lab or similar technology-rich learning environment
  • Advanced knowledge of emerging trends and best practices in digital media technologies, scholarly communication, and digital scholarship
  • Experience supervising and/or mentoring library faculty or staff
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion in a higher education setting
  • Strong commitment to public service and engaged scholarship
  • Evidence of ability to engage in research, publication, and service consonant with the University and the Libraries’ guidelines for tenure and promotion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience partnering with faculty on research or curricular goals
  • Demonstrated strategic planning or program/service development expertise
  • Grant writing and/or sponsored projects experience


The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of Tennessee’s premier public research university. The University of Tennessee holds the Carnegie Foundation Research 1 designation, granted to doctoral universities with very high research activity.

The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus—through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The John C. Hodges Library in the heart of campus houses the majority of the UT Libraries’ collections and many unique services. Two branch libraries offer specialized collections and services: the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library and the George F. DeVine Music Library.

The UT Libraries is a national leader in digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository, Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise. The UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, HathiTrust, the Library Publishing Coalition, LYRASIS, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other University of Tennessee System libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment. More information about how we put our principles of civility and community into action is available at https://www.lib.utk.edu/diversity/.

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at https://www.lib.utk.edu/employment/position/head-scholars-collaborative/


Appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor with a minimum salary of $58,000.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.  Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure.

Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan (TCRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) (VOYA, TIAA, VALIC) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Start-up funding in the amount of $10,000 allocated over a three-year period; annual support for travel & professional development.

UT’s Prospective Faculty Viewbook has information on academic support, personal support, and living in Knoxville.

Application Procedures

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Executive Director, Libraries Administration and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to ejgreene@utk.edu.  Review of applications will begin August 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. INTERNAL SEARCH

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All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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