Assistant Professor for Scholar Support and Data Services


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Library (10000816)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description

The Assistant Professor for Scholar Support and Data Services serves as a member of the Scholar Support and Data Services team, which works with other library departments, campus partners, faculty, students, and staff to promote, create, and support the use of digital scholarship tools and methodologies in interdisciplinary scholarly research. This position provides expertise to support quantitative and mixed research methodologies, especially in the context of computational research, coding for researchers, and guidance on data management.


●    Provide in-person and virtual support for research and teaching that utilizes computational tools and methodologies.
●    Provide in-person and virtual support to faculty, students, and staff on research data management, best practices, and University policies.
●    Develop and implement library instruction on computational approaches to research through reproducible code (e.g. Python, R).
●    Assist the university community in the use of proprietary (e.g., Qualtrics, SPSS, Dedoose) and open-access software (e.g., JASP, Python) used for qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
●    Collaborate with others to provide customized discipline- and context-specific training on advanced data-related topics.
●    Evaluate and expand upon existing data services by developing partnerships and becoming integrated into the institutional research environment.
●    Advocate for and represent the research needs of faculty and students to the library.
●    Coordinate ongoing assessment of instruction in the department.
●    Maintain knowledge and expertise of current and emerging trends and policies in data management, computational research methods, and related topics.
●    Provide effective communication and outreach related to the efforts of the Scholar Support and Data Services team.
●    Participate in efforts to expand open initiatives and open access, open science, open data, and the use of open software.
●    Serve on the Libraries’ committees and functional teams related to areas of responsibility.
●    Contribute to the profession at a level appropriate for a tenure-track faculty member of the university.

Position Details

Appointment: 12 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

●    MLS or other equivalent advanced degree
●    Demonstrated experience and expertise in research, including quantitative and mixed methodologies and the analysis of quantitative/mixed data using proprietary or open-access research software.
●    Experience teaching or providing instruction in individual, small group, or classroom settings.
●    Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, administrators, and the general public.
●    Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially the ability to communicate complex technical and data science concepts to both general and specialized audiences.
●    Demonstrate a commitment to fostering and promoting the values of diversity and inclusion.


Compensation: $55,000/year coupled with the university’s excellent benefits package.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should apply online at by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references with contact information. These materials should be attached to the online application. No print applications will be accepted. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately, and the position will be open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. If you have any questions, please contact Jocelyn Tipton, Assistant Dean for Public Services at or 662-915-2340.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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