Social Sciences Librarian
Department Teaching & Learning Programs
Position Type Faculty
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Appointment Rank Assistant Professor
Salary $52,000
Location Knoxville, TN


The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK), a Research 1 institution and the flagship institution for the state, is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join the collaborative and innovative Liaison Programs team at the University Libraries. UTK is located in Knoxville, a vibrant city in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Knoxville’s metro area boasts a population of 850,000 and the surrounding region offers a variety of recreational opportunities and an affordable cost-of-living.

This position advances the teaching and research missions of the University by proactively building partnerships and delivering responsive library expertise to the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Communication and Information’s (CCI) four schools: Advertising & Public Relations, Communication Studies, Journalism & Electronic Media, and Information Sciences, home to the university’s ALA-accredited Master of Science in Information Sciences (MSIS) program. 

The successful candidate will provide in-depth consultation, engagement and instruction to faculty and students with an emphasis on opportunities that reflect inclusive experiences, perspectives, and learning styles.

This liaison will actively participate in team-based and library-wide liaison activities to develop a shared vision for library resources and services which align with the  UTK Libraries’ Strategic Plan.  

Responsibilities & Duties


  • Proactively develop relationships with faculty, staff, and students to understand and support their diverse teaching, learning, and/or research needs throughout the research cycle
  • Collaborate with other librarians to identify and support interdisciplinary research needs and build related partnerships 
  • Create effective ongoing mechanisms for assessment and communication with departments 
  • Ensure awareness of library services and collections through active outreach and engagement 


  • Deliver customized and expert research consultations for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in relevant areas 
  • Support faculty and student research success by helping researchers find and use data to support their research and demonstrate impact
  • Develop specialized expertise and services to support emerging scholarly communications trends to promote and support new forms of scholarship


  • Develop and deliver inclusive instruction to support information literacy needs 
  • Create and maintain guides, tutorials, and other resources to assist researchers in self-paced learning


  • Build and maintain relevant collections by selecting, evaluating, and managing print, electronic, and media resources in assigned subject areas 

Scholarship & Service 

  • Engage in research/scholarship/creative activity through publication, presentation, and other outlets
  • Serve the institution and the profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other professionals and institutions 

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must exhibit the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to achieve common goals and demonstrate enthusiasm to meet dynamically changing needs within a culture of continuous learning.

  • Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion in a higher education setting
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to build relationships across professional and disciplinary areas 
  • Proven commitment to customer service and user experience 
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member 
  • Familiarity with information sources in advertising, public relations, communication studies, and/or journalism
  • Evidence of ability to engage in research, publication, and service consonant with the University’s and Libraries’ guidelines for promotion and tenure


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of data information sources and data analysis 
  • Demonstrated experience with scholarly communication trends and issues 
  • Experience and/or coursework on instructional methods
  • Familiarity with LibGuides software or online instructional tools


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.  As a land-grant university and as Volunteers, serving our state and nation are key to our mission. UT enrolls approximately 30,000 students at its Knoxville campus.  Demographically, 24% of all students identify as non-white, 24% identify as first-generation students and 29% are Pell-eligible. The University culture is guided by adherence to core values that define the Volunteer spirit and include: seeking knowledge; leading with innovation and integrity; advancing diversity and inclusion; engaging locally and globally; and embracing responsible stewardship of resources.

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

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at


Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a salary of $52,000.  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, via Interfolio at, 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.  Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Greene, Executive Director, Libraries Administration and Human Resources,  Review of applications will begin May 14, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.  Interviews will be held using protocols in place at the time for social distancing. 

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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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