First-year Experience and Emerging Technologies Specialist

West Lafayette
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Created: June 15, 2012


Purdue University Libraries seeks a highly motivated, innovative, and learner-centered individual for the position of First-year Experience and Emerging Technologies Specialist.  In support of the Libraries’ strategic plan the First Year Experience and Emerging Technologies Specialist will lead outreach efforts and develop programming to address the needs of first-year students at Purdue, and identify, implement, and assess emerging technologies that support information literacy and learning, and as faculty must contribute to the research and scholarship in this area. Working with other faculty and staff, the First-year Experience and Emerging Technologies Specialist will support the information literacy and learning needs of Purdue learners via the Libraries’ online environment.

The First-year Experience and Emerging Technologies Specialist will contribute to the Libraries’ instructional efforts, including the development of online resources, such as multimedia tutorials, and will participate in classroom instruction. Serving as a resource for liaison librarians, this individual will collaborate with library staff and faculty in the use of emerging technologies to enhance student information literacy at Purdue.  Purdue’s ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue) is implementing several new interactive and mobile learning technologies in support of teaching and learning at Purdue, including Signals, JetPack, Hotseat, and Mixable; for more information please visit The First Year Experience and Emerging Technologies Specialist will train other professionals across the Libraries in efficient and effective use of these and other emerging technologies in enhancing Purdue students’ information literacy skills in physical and virtual learning environments. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of trends and services in academic libraries to enrich the first-year experience of Purdue students at a University that has the second largest enrollment of international students in the country. This position is responsible for collaborating with co-curricular campus partners to develop and coordinate the Purdue Libraries’ outreach efforts to first-year students. Reporting to the Information Literacy Specialist, this position requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of faculty, students and staff.

Required qualifications:  Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and/or advanced, terminal degree in another relevant discipline.  Recent graduates and those approaching graduation are encouraged to apply.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of diversity through life/work experiences and/or studies, and ability to work positively in an inclusive environment.  Education and/or experience relevant to one or more of the following areas:  first year experience programs, instructional design, information literacy, eLearning, emerging technologies, educational technologies, social media, or user experience.  Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, and ability to achieve promotion and tenure.

Desired qualifications:  Demonstrated experience planning and developing first-year experience programming. Demonstrated knowledge of instructional design and current instructional technologies and trends in online learning. Demonstrated experience designing and developing digital learning objects. Demonstrated experience of web development skills and web applications. Demonstrated knowledge of information literacy concepts and applications. Knowledge of assessment techniques, trends, and software in libraries as well as higher education.

Appointment:  Appointment will be at the assistant professor rank.  The full job announcement can be seen at:

Salary and benefits:   Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes contribution to retirement, health, disability, and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.

Application process: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Carla Heuss, Libraries Human Resources Assistant, at  Please place “First-year Experience and Emerging Technologies Specialist” in the subject line of all emails.  Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address. Beginning on June 8, 2012, applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Carla Heuss at 765-494-2899 or  A background check will be required for this position. Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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