Teaching & Learning Department Head

Job Description

Teaching & Learning Department Head – 31052



University of Colorado Denver Auraria Library

Teaching & Learning, Department Head Position #00350239 – Requisition #31052

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *

The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Teaching and Learning Department at Auraria Library has an opening for a full-time Faculty position (unclassified) Teaching and Learning, Department Head position.

The University of Colorado Denver is the state’s premier public urban research university and equity-serving institution. Globally connected and locally invested, CU Denver partners with future-focused learners and communities to design accessible, relevant, transformative educational insfor every stage of life and career. Across eight schools and colleges in the heart of downtown Denver, our leading faculty inspires and works alongside students to solve complex challenges through boundary-breaking innovation and impactful research and creative work. As part of the state’s largest university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with 2,000 employees and annual economic impact of more than $800 million. For more information, visit www.ucdenver.edu


The Teaching and Learning, Department Head leads the Auraria Library’s efforts in planning, implementing, and managing information literacy instruction and research services. This position provides leadership for all issues related to the library’s educational and research roles such as student learning and research, online education, scholarly communication, curriculum planning, research consultations, student learning assessment, and research recognition and promotion. In response to strategic campus shifts toward hybrid modalities and a new emphasis on research, the Department Head will build and advocate for a framework that advances the library’s teaching and research missions across campus.

This position will lead a department of nine faculty, two staff, and four to six student assistants. The Department Head is an active member of the public services leadership group, manages the library’s research help services, and participates in the development and evaluation of cross-departmental public services. The successful candidate is a dynamic, student-focused educator with demonstrated leadership skills who continually transforms and assesses education and research services by gathering and using quantitative and qualitative data to inform planning while actively monitoring the campus curriculum and scholarship.

As a Library faculty member, the librarian participates on Library and campus-wide committees and in CU Denver faculty governance.

Located in downtown Denver, Colorado, the Auraria Campus is home to three institutions of higher education – University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver. Both MSU Denver and CCD are Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI). CU Denver is an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving institution (AANAPISI) and is working toward its HSI status. The Auraria Library serves the campus’ over 35,000 students, the majority of whom are from the first-generation in their family to enroll in higher education. The majority of our students are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color, and we also serve large populations of veterans, transfer students, adult learners, and other populations that have been historically underserved. Auraria Library is committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from candidates across all dimensions and identities. The library seeks candidates who embrace a multicultural, diverse, and inclusive workplace, and who strive to incorporate those values in their work and interactions. While the University of Colorado Denver is required to perform a background check during the hiring process, as part of the library’s ongoing commitment to increasing equity this information will not exclude you from being considered for this position and we encourage everyone, regardless of their status, to apply. Please see our library values and diversity initiatives.

Reports To

Research, Learning, and User Services, Associate Director

Supervision Exercised

Leads nine faculty, two staff, and four to six student assistants with direct supervision of 2-4 faculty.

Job Duties

Leadership in Instruction and Research Support

  • Leads a department of librarians responsible for implementing instructional services and research support, including workload distribution, goal setting, and performance evaluation.
  • Provides guidance and expertise to help the department continue to build and implement a programmatic instruction plan for the campus’s academic programs, including face-to-face and virtual modes of delivery.
  • Collaborates with Research Unit to develop a suite of research support services to meet the needs of scholarly research being conducted on campus.
  • Leads coordination with campus partners to integrate instructional services throughout campus programs, including integration into the three campus learning management systems.
  • Collaborates with departmental faculty and staff to coordinate the production, revision, and assessment of digital learning objects.
  • Serves on a web content oversight team and keeps information about research and instruction services up to date.
  • Oversees training and professional development opportunities for the department’s faculty and staff on all aspects of library instruction, including theory, pedagogy, best practices, and available resources.
  • Recommends acquisition of tools/resources (e.g., software/hardware) to support education and research support, and coordinates necessary training of those tools/resources.
  • Manages the Library’s research user service points, including service modalities, staffing accountability, assessment, and training.
  • Collaborates with Special and Digital Collections and technical experts in the department to guide the library’s institutional repository work.

Organizational Leadership and Campus Partnerships

  • Coordinates department collaboration with campus curriculum and instruction committees, First-Year Experience offices, educational technology offices, and other campus departments/units and on Library committees and taskforces
  • Communicates with campus faculty development centers and other campus and external partners to create programming and services to support the teaching missions of the three institutions.
  • Leads the effort for the Library to be recognized across campus as an active contributor to student, faculty, and staff learning.
  • Communicates with clarity and transparency with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Actively promotes an environment of continual improvement by engaging in ongoing learning, information sharing, and professional development as a member of the Auraria Library learning organization.


  • Collaborates with the Head of Access and User Services, Head of Information Technology and Web Services, Head of Collection Development and Strategies and Head of Discovery Systems and Metadata to plan, develop, and implement cross-departmental public services with the aim of excellent over-all user experience.
  • Collaborates with other library units and Teams to develop services as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Leadership and Service

  • Participates on Library and campus-wide committees and CU Denver faculty governance.
  • Serves on the Service Integration Team that oversees library service points.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, or equivalent advanced degree, from an accredited university or college.
  • Experience in instruction, curriculum, and pedagogy in an academic or research library.
  • Supervisory experience in an academic or research library.

Required: Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience employing quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies for programmatic student learning assessment.
  • Experience leading or developing research support services in an academic or research library.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends in information literacy instruction, including inclusive pedagogical practices, learning technologies, and student learning assessment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends in library research support services, including data support and use tools, scholarly publishing, and institutional repositories.
  • Ability to lead and manage inter-departmental teams.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a collaborative environment and to contribute to professional service.
  • Ability to create responsive and sustainable instruction and research support programs.
  • Demonstrated experience building working relationships and collaborations with academic programs and/or faculty at an institution of higher education.
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional activity/service, especially in instruction, student learning, or research services.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication and presentation skills.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $74,000 to $78,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is NOT eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado Denver provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

Benefits: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits

Total Compensation Calculator: http://www.cu.edu/node/153125

Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at hr.adacoordinator@ucdenver.edu.

The University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado Denver is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers. Application deadline is September 22, 2023.

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions: To apply, please visit: http://www.cu.edu/cu-careers and attach: 1) A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2) Current CV/resume 3) List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to: Bailey Wallace (BAILEY.WALLACE@UCDENVER.EDU)

Job Category Faculty

Primary Location Denver

Department: U0001 — DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS – 30124 – LIB LIBRARY

Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Sep 1, 2023, 1:16:57 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Bailey Wallace


Position Number: 00350239

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. For COVID-19 information or vaccination requirements, please refer to the campus specific vaccination webpage.

How to Apply

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