Engineering, Patents and Trademarks Librarian and Assistant Professor

Wichita State University Libraries
Kansas, United States
Salary Not specified
Aug 28, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Wichita State University Libraries (UL) invites learner-centered professionals to apply for the Engineering, Patents and Trademarks Librarian, with an appointment as Assistant Professor. As a member of Research and Instructional Services, this librarian reports directly to the Associate Dean for Academic Engagement and Public Services and provides curricular and research-focused information services as liaison librarian for the departments and programs in the College of Engineering including Aerospace; Biomedical; Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Engineering Technology; Industrial, Systems & Manufacturing; and Mechanical. This librarian is responsible for the design, promotion, coordination, delivery, and assessment of the library instructional and collection development programs for assigned departments. The position is lead librarian for patent and trademark information services and serves as the University Libraries’ representative to the FDLP program and USPTO’s Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRC) program. University Libraries is the only PTRC in Kansas. The librarian works collaboratively to develop new interdisciplinary approaches and strategies to support faculty and student research and provides general research and reference assistance as a member of University Libraries Research and Instructional Services. Occasional evenings and weekends are required. One full-time staff member is under this librarian’s direct supervision.


Required Qualifications: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, experience working in an academic or large public library, and experience providing library instruction and research services. The successful candidate will have knowledge of engineering, information resources, scholarly communication, and research methods; knowledge of patent and trademark resources; knowledge of the principles and practices of library instruction, reference services, and professional standards; knowledge of trends and policies related to library use of digital technology and electronic resources; demonstrated ability to work well with diverse populations; demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills; demonstrated experience working well in teams and strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize workload in order to meet deadlines; willingness to accommodate a variety of learning styles and strategies in instructional delivery and learning activities, including online and blended learning, flexible teaching methods, and applied learning approaches; recent experience using instructional technology and online collaboration tools; and evidence of potential to maintain an ongoing program of scholarship at a level that would merit tenure and promotion.

The position carries a 12-month contract; excellent professional development support, vacation and benefits, including TIAA-CREF. Faculty librarians have tenure-eligible appointments with rank. Offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory completion of a criminal background check as required by the Kansas Board of Regents. WSU is an AA/EOE. Priority review will be given to applications received before September 21, 2020. For the full position description including required and preferred qualifications, go to:

Wichita State University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment practices, educational programs, or activities on the basis of age (40 years or older), ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding WSU’s non-discrimination policies: the Institutional Equity and Compliance Director (Telephone: (316) 978-3205), Title IX Coordinator (Telephone: (316) 978-5177), or Equal Opportunity Coordinator (Telephone: (316) 978-3186), each located at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260, Human Resources Building.