University of Southern California-Head, Instruction & Assessment


“The University of Southern California is committed to excellence in teaching through strategies that foster the knowledge, skills, relationships, and values necessary for students to make real contributions in a rapidly changing world. USC is an equitable and diverse research university, and we recognize the many ways inclusivity strengthens our campus community. Our superb faculty have the exceptional responsibilities of creating new knowledge and instructing and guiding our passionate, hardworking student body”–Elizabeth Graddy, Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Head, Instruction & Assessment (#382)



Los Angeles, California

USC Libraries at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) invites creative, collaborative, and outstanding candidates to fill this full-time continuing appointment-track faculty position with an anticipated start date of October 2022 or sooner. We are looking for candidates with experience in providing information and instruction services in an academic or research library setting; experience with assessing instruction services and programs; and a commitment to delivering high quality, student-centered public services to diverse user populations. Faculty rank commensurate with experience.

USC Libraries

USC Libraries faculty and staff work to advance consequential engagement with our academic and arts communities. We are committed to USC’s unifying values of accountability, integrity, excellence, open communication, well-being, and diversity, equity and inclusion as we support the university’s students, faculty and staff. USC Libraries take pride in our Digital Library, the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study with its Ahmanson Lab, our data and visualization services, and the library’s strong primary source collections including the history of Los Angeles and Southern California; LGBTQ history and culture, particularly relating to West Coast activities and activism; Cinematic Arts; and the Holocaust and genocide and exile studies. For more information on how our libraries support critical, creative, and ethical habits of mind at USC, visit and

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Position Responsibilities and Duties

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning and Research Engagement, the Head of Instruction and Assessment will:

  • Lead the implementation of scholarly literacies outcomes across the curriculum through instruction sessions, workshops, assignment design, and other learning opportunities
    • Scholarly literacies is an umbrella concept that unites multiple, interrelated literacies that exist on a spectrum: information literacy, primary source literacy, digital literacy, data literacy, visual literacy, and other ways of knowing, creating, and thinking critically.
  • Lead and coordinate the Libraries’ general instruction services
  • Coordinate the assessment of library instructional services and online learning materials to inform continuous improvement
  • Supervise at least two librarians: Information Literacy Instruction Librarian and Instructional Design and Assessment Librarian
  • Work closely with Specialized Collections and other library departments with archival collections to promote primary source literacy across the curriculum and to train library faculty and staff in all stakeholder departments to establish baseline competencies in primary source literacy, including materials handling and access
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to create opportunities for staff and librarians to learn about current, new, and emerging frameworks, standards, and practices related to pedagogy and learning (e.g., open pedagogy, critical information literacy)
  • Provide in-person, online and hybrid instruction and in-person and online reference services
  • Participate in meetings, committees, and other communities of practice within the Libraries and USC related to teaching, pedagogy, learning theory, and general education
  • Engage in professional organizations, research, or publishing that will have a significant, positive impact on the USC Libraries strategic plan, and advance the University’s strategic plan and vision
  • Duties may include weekend and evening hours and other duties may be assigned. The option of a hybrid (on-campus and remote) is available. The position will be based at the University Park campus

Experience and Qualifications

Minimum qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent is typically required for a librarian appointment at USC. In addition, candidates must provide evidence of:

  • At least two years of management and supervisory experience
  • Experience with developing and facilitating library instruction in a college or university setting
  • Experience with teaching information literacy and primary source literacy
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse community of students, staff, and faculty
  • Ability to work independently and exhibit effective planning, organizational, and time management skills
  • Knowledge of current and emerging issues, practices, trends, and technologies that support pedagogy and inclusive teaching and learning in academic library and/or university environments
  • Commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging, and accessibility within teaching and learning services and experiences

Desirable Qualifications:

  • At least 3-5 years of management and supervisory experience
  • Experience with developing, implementing, and leading creative programs and services related to instruction and public services
  • Commitment to delivering student-centered public services to diverse user populations
  • Demonstrated awareness of and interest in experimenting with new and emerging practices in instruction and assessment
  • Experience with teaching digital literacy, data literacy and/or visual literacy

Faculty Appointment Rank and Salary

Rank: Assistant University Librarian or commensurate with experience and qualifications

Librarians at USC have faculty status. This is a full-time, continuing appointment track position. Appointment to the continuing appointment track requires the potential to meet the University’s criteria for granting continuing appointment—excellence in librarianship—which librarians achieve by having a significant impact on the development and/or implementation of high-quality collections and/or services. Additionally, librarians must demonstrate the expectation of continued excellence and growth in professional expertise. Starting minimum salary for faculty at USC: $72,000. Administrative appointments receive a stipend. Rank and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

For more on criteria and qualifications for the appointment, promotion and continuing appointment of librarians at USC:


Benefits include a choice of retirement programs, 22 paid vacation days per year, university holidays, a choice of medical and dental plans, and tuition assistance (for employees and eligible dependents). For more information about benefits see:

Application Procedure

As part of the application, candidates must upload the following documents (PDF format): 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae (including telephone and e-mail address), 3) a list of at least three references that includes the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each referee, and 4) a statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion (no longer than one page in length).

Closing date for applications: August 2, 2022, or until filled.

For more information about this position, contact Marje Schuetze-Coburn, Chair of the Standing Search Committee, at

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.