Research & Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor


University, MS, US, 38677

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

Note for Current UM Employees

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Position Description

The University of Mississippi Libraries is seeking a flexible, service-oriented team player who is dedicated to supporting teaching and research initiatives while fostering a diverse and inclusive environment at an R1 research institution. Qualified librarians are invited to apply for the Research & Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor position at the University of Mississippi Libraries in Oxford, MS. This is a full-time, tenure-track, 12-month faculty position reporting to the Head of Research & Instruction Services. 




  • Serves as a library liaison to the School of Applied Sciences to effectively maintain library collections, resources, and services that support the diverse departments’ undergraduate and graduate research and     instruction needs (Athletic Training; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Criminal Justice and Legal Studies; Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management; Nutrition and Hospitality Management; Social Work)
  • Collaborate with internal and external units to support the robust needs of graduate-level research in the applied sciences, including systematic reviews.
  • Regularly provides research expertise to a diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
  • Uses advanced software and technology to enhance research support, create tutorials, reports, guides, presentations, and exhibits as needed. 
  • Teaches in-person and virtual workshops and classes for first-year students with a library team.
  • Contribute to librarianship, research, and service at a level appropriate for a tenure-track faculty member of the university.

Position Details

Appointment: 12 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track 

Minimum Qualifications

•    Master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program
•    Familiarity with current and emerging trends in academic librarianship, specifically instruction and collection resources designed to support the areas of applied sciences. 
•    Experience working both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
•    Ability to foster values of diversity and inclusion while working with a culturally diverse community. 
•    Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing professional development, research, and service at a level appropriate for promotion and tenure at the university.
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills


Salary:     $55,000/year and includes the university’s competitive 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

Qualified applicants should apply online at, supplying the following documents: a cover letter highlighting the applicant’s strengths, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Applications are only accepted online; no print applications will be accepted. A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled or an adequate applicant pool is established. We actively encourage qualified persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences to apply. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check and verification of credentials. Questions about the position should be directed to the Head of Research & Instruction Services, Melissa Dennis, at

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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