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Department Head for Open Scholarship - Clemson Libraries

Clemson University
South Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 21, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Title: Department Head for Open Scholarship - Clemson Libraries

Department: College: University Libraries


Open Date: Feb 21, 2024


Clemson Libraries seeks a dynamic, driven, and collaborative Department Head for Open Scholarship to provide leadership and expertise at Clemson Libraries. The Open Scholarship Department includes services such as open educational resources, scholarly communications, experiential learning, research data services, and digital humanities/scholarship. The department also houses two learning spaces: Adobe Studio & Makerspace and the Scholars’ Lab. The department head will play an active and key role in continuing and expanding the Libraries’ research and experiential learning services that will further support Clemson’s strategic priorities.

The Department Head of Open Scholarship (OS) will be responsible for planning, implementing, and managing a newly created open scholarship department that provides support for digital scholarship, digital literacy, data literacy, digital preservation, faculty research, Open Access initiatives and advocacy, and scholarly communications. The department head will also collaborate with faculty, administrators, and staff to create meaningful partnerships with campus groups including the Division of Research, Clemson Computing & Information Technology, Graduate School, the Office of General Counsel, etc. This position requires a high degree of collaborative leadership and initiative and will be critical to the Libraries’ strategic growth as an R1 institution.

Clemson Libraries faculty are members of the academic community, with responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarship, and service. This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position and works under the direction of the Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Research.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Develop, manage, and assess programs and services such as research data curation, digital preservation, digital humanities, digital scholarship, experiential learning, open access, open educational resources, and scholarly communication.
  2. Provide leadership for the planning and implementation of multidisciplinary digital scholarship projects that support faculty and students’ scholarly activities.
  3. Develop and monitor workflows and processes for the enhancement of digital assets as a part of the research and publication life cycle.
  4. Provide leadership and directions for the strategic planning, project management, daily operations, and supervision of the members of the OS department.
  5. Oversee a copyright education and outreach program for faculty that will include topics such as authors’ rights, course reserve, fair use, public performance rights, creative commons, etc.
  6. Build awareness and support for the OS programs and services by developing a marketing plan about digital scholarship services to the campus community.
  7. Encourage experimentation and risk-taking in digital scholarship projects as part of professional growth and culture of innovation.
  8. Provide consultation to researchers for grant requirements related to federal Public Access Policies regarding data management, sharing, and open access dissemination of scholarship.
  9. Create and coordinates teams with an emphasis on collaboration and communication among key stakeholders.
  10. Keep abreast of the latest trends and best practices in the field of digital scholarship, experiential learning, and scholarly communication.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

? Develops a focused program of high-quality research and creative accomplishments, consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries’ mission and goals.


? Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve the Libraries, university, profession, and community.

Salary and Benefits

Faculty rank and minimum salary of $95,000 based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity.


Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented Carnegie Research One university in a college town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive from Charlotte and Atlanta.

  1. An ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship or a relevant accredited graduate degree in another scholarly field as deemed appropriate by the Libraries.
  2. Two years of professional experience in at least one of the department’s functional areas.
  3. Two years of management/supervisory experience with a demonstrated record of innovative leadership and navigating organizational change.
  4. Two years of experience building campus and inter-institutional partnerships to promote and advocate for open scholarship and experiential learning initiatives.
  5. Demonstrated experience in mentoring faculty and professional staff.
  6. Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of collegiality, respect, trust, and a culture of innovation.
  7. Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication and creative problem-solving.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience leading an established digital/open scholarship department.
  2. Three to five years of management/supervisory experience.
  3. Experience writing grants and getting external funding to start or expand services.
  4. Strong record of professional service and publications/presentations at a national level.

Application Instructions

Applicants should electronically submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio:

Required materials include:

1) Cover letter

2) Professional curriculum vitae

3) Names and contact information of three (3) professional references.

Applications received by 03/22/2024 will be guaranteed consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


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