Engineering (STEM-H) Librarian


: $95,355.00 - $190,900.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Education - Excluding Post Secondary

Position Summary

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University (WCU) Libraries invite applications for a tenure-track Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health (STEM-H) Librarian to join our team of dynamic and creative librarians. Since Engineering is a new and growing program at WCU, this position is a wonderful opportunity to be an active participant in the further development of the university as a technological and economic contributor to the region.

Librarians at WCU enjoy full faculty status, including a 9-month contract, faculty pay scale, and same tenure/promotion process as classroom faculty. As a faculty librarian, maintaining both a scholarly agenda and record of service is essential for success.

West Chester University recently unveiled a new strategic plan, , which focuses on student success as core to our university mission. WCU Libraries believe that we are a key player in supporting student success on campus. The Engineering (STEM-H) Librarian will contribute to this mission by supporting the new engineering programs and its allied disciplines. As a tenure-track faculty librarian, maintaining both a scholarly agenda and record of service is also required.


  • Selects and assesses resources in support of an emerging engineering curriculum as well as allied disciplines in the sciences and health.
  • Contributes to student engagement and outreach efforts by coordinating with selected departments, particularly the new Biomedical Engineering Department, future departments in the growing engineering program, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Kinesiology, Sports Medicine, and Physics.
  • Works collaboratively and enthusiastically with other colleagues and community members including the Science Librarian, who will work closely in co-support of the departments of Biology and Nursing.
  • Delivers and assesses foundational, advanced level, and course-specific instruction sessions and information literacy workshops in engineering and other disciplines of responsibility.
  • Facilitates research consultations in both face-to-face and online formats with faculty, students, and other community members and groups. Maintains currency in emerging engineering fields to remain effective in this effort.
  • Develops and assesses digital learning objects for engineering and allied faculty and students.
  • Contributes to the advancement of University Libraries' team efforts in scholarly communications, such as data management, open access initiatives, open educational resources, and entrepreneurship.
  • Participates in library, college, and university shared governance as a faculty librarian.
  • Remains abreast of current developments in library and information sciences and devotes time to research, scholarly activity, and service to the University, the public, and the profession.
  • Provides in-person, chat, email, and telephone support at the Research Help Desk during assigned day, evening, and weekend hours.
  • Collaborates within and beyond the Libraries on initiatives and projects to advance teaching and learning, maximize user experience, utilize instructional and engineering technologies, and measure educational contributions.
  • Continuing Scholarly Growth?

  • Demonstrates continued professional growth through publications, presentations, professional activities, and other contributions to advance the profession.
  • Engages in scholarship that includes research, scholarly, or creative activities required for tenure and promotion.
  • A record of and/or interest in scholarship.?
  • Service
  • ?Provides service to the library, the university, and the profession through committee work, conference attendance, or similar endeavors.
  • Participates in library and university governance (shared governance).
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Masters of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent).
  • Experience with Engineering information sources, including databases, technical reports, standards, and emerging online resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly convey library skills to large and small groups, individuals, and online learners.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.
  • The potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service.
  • Successful completion of an on-campus interview process that includes a teaching demonstration.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • A degree or study in engineering.
  • Experience with data management, open access initiatives, open educational resources, and/or entrepreneurship.
  • Experience developing digital learning objects.
  • Special Instructions

    Interested applicants should apply online at

    West Chester University offers a competitive benefits package. Rank and salary commensurate with experience. Salary based upon the schedule established the faculty , see page 8, pay range Q02 for the assistant professor scale.
    Application materials must include:

  • Cover letter / letter of application.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Names, affiliations and phone numbers of three professional references.
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (pdf suggested); official transcripts will be requested prior to hire.
  • Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is August 2020.

    Applicants must successfully complete the interview process, including a teaching demonstration, to be considered as a finalist.

    Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission and strategic plan Pathways to Success. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.
    Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty (APSCUF)

    Benefits available to permanent, full time faculty (including temporary, full time faculty with at least an academic year contract) or permanent, part time faculty (including temporary, part-time faculty with at least an academic year contract) scheduled to work at least 50% of full time.

    ? Health Care Coverage

    COVERAGE ? effective with date of hire

    Faculty members may enroll in Highmark Preferred Provider Organization (PPOBlue). Newly hired employees pay 18% of coverage cost. Continuation of 18% cost for PPO Blue is contingent on participation in wellness program with non-participants paying 28% of coverage cost.

    For employees hired on or after July 1, 2013 ? if spouse is eligible for coverage under their own employer's plan, they are required to enroll in their own employer's plan as their primary coverage as a condition for eligibility for secondary coverage under the State System plan.

    ? PPOBlue ? Plan from Highmark Blue Shield includes in-network office visits with co-payments and services at 100% with network deductible of $400 single / $800 family and no coinsurance; deductible of $800 single / $1,600 family and 20% coinsurance applied to out-of-network providers.


    Prescription drug coverage is included as part of the medical coverage, administered by Highmark Blue Shield and includes both retail and mail-order pharmacy coverage. Co-payments of $10 (generic), $30 (brand name formulary) and $50 (brand name non-formulary) for retail.


    Administered by the Faculty Health and Welfare Fund for dental and vision benefits. Benefits are funded through employer contributions.


    Pay for select medical and child care expenses on a pre-tax basis through payroll deductions. The Medical Reimbursement Account includes a debit card for immediate access.


    Term life policy provided by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for permanent faculty members is based on one-time salary up to a maximum of $50,000.


    Income protection equal to 60% of gross annual base salary to a maximum of $5,000 monthly benefit with an option for a 90-day or 180-day benefit elimination period.


    Optional Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance for eligible faculty members and their family, with premium contributions made through payroll deduction. Maximum employee coverage is five times annual salary up to $500,000.


    Defined Benefit Plan* - State Employees' Retirement System (SERS)

    Retirement income is based on a fixed formula that considers your years of service, age, and final average salary. The retirement benefit amount for vested participants is guaranteed and not affected by the investment earnings of the plan. Participants are 100% vested after 10 years of service (5 years if enrolled prior to January 1st, 2011). Visit the SERS website for more information.


    Defined Contribution Plan - Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP)

    Retirement income from the ARP plan is determined by your account balance at the time of retirement, which is comprised of your employee contributions (5% of salary), the State System contributions (9.29% of salary) and any investment earnings based on the performance of the investments you choose. Participants are 100% vested from date of enrollment. Employees may enroll in any of the three available vendors, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF or VALIC.

    *The Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) is a defined benefit plan for Pennsylvania's public school employees. If you are a current member of PSERS, the State System is able to continue your enrollment in PSERS or you may elect SERS and opt for multiple service which combines service in both SERS and PSERS to receive a single retirement benefit, or you may enroll in the ARP plan.


    Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education faculty members have the option to contribute additional pre-tax funds for retirement. You can choose either or both a 403(b) plan (Tax Sheltered Annuity) and/or the 457 plan (Deferred Compensation). Roth 457 after-tax pay option is also available.


    The State Employee Assistance Program (SEAP) is a confidential program which provides a wide range of no-cost services to address a broad range of problems. This program is administered by the Commonwealth's Office of Administration who has contracted with United Behavioral Health (UBH) to provide SEAP services. Employees and family members are entitled to up to three (3) counseling sessions at no charge. SEAP's phone number is 1-800-###-####.


    ? Faculty members are entitled to a total waiver at any of the 14 State System universities

    ? Spouse or same-sex domestic partner is entitled to a total waiver at the university where the faculty member is employed up to the first undergraduate degree

    ? Children including children of same-sex domestic partner are entitled to a total waiver at the university where the faculty member is employed; 50% waiver at State System universities other than at the university where faculty member is employed. This waiver is up to the first undergraduate degree or until they reach age 25.


    ? Permanent faculty members accrue 15 days leave for each academic year of service

    ? Permanent part-time faculty members accrue leave on a pro-rated basis

    ? Temporary faculty members appointed full-time for one academic year accrue and may use 15 days leave during academic year

    ? Temporary faculty members appointed full-time for one academic semester accrue and may use 7.5 days leave during the semester

    ? Temporary part-time faculty members accrue one day of leave per semester

    This summary highlights the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Health Program and Health and Welfare Fund for State System faculty members covered by the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) collective bargaining agreement. The benefits described are available to most faculty; however, certain eligibility requirements must be met.

    Information is provided for general purposes only. Legal Plan Documents will govern any discrepancies that may arise. For additional information concerning these benefits, contact your human resources office. Questions on health and welfare fund benefits should be addressed to the Faculty Health and Welfare Fund. Additional information is also available at . Benefits, benefit levels, and eligibility rules are subject to change.

    Associated topics: academic counselor, assist, associate, clerk, clinician, college counselor, counselor, elementary school counselor, school clerk, school counselor * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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