Visiting Assistant Professor: Scholarly Communication & Publishing Services

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Created: November 20, 2015


 I encourage early career professionals – or anyone else looking for an immersive library publishing/scholarly communication experience – to apply for this term position. There is strong support for these services within the Pacific University Libraries, and the successful applicant will work directly with the University Librarian, as well as in coordination with other Libraries faculty and staff. This is an opportunity to have an immediate impact on a growing publishing and scholarly communication program.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions; instructions for submitting application materials are below.

-Isaac Gilman


Visiting Assistant Professor: Scholarly Communication & Publishing Services

The Pacific University Libraries invites applications for a visiting assistant professor 18-month replacement position beginning January 1, 2016. Candidates with strong backgrounds in scholarly publishing or library publishing services, or with relevant demonstrated abilities, are encouraged to apply.

This position provides direction for the Libraries’ scholarly communication services, with an emphasis on collaborative leadership that engages faculty, staff, and students in initiatives that maximize the dissemination, preservation, and impact of the university’s scholarship and research; manages the Library’s institutional repository and publishing services, including the Pacific University Press; and provides education to the campus community regarding scholarly communication and intellectual property issues. This is a full-time faculty position on an 18-month term appointment.

• Lead the organization and management of CommonKnowledge, Pacific’s institutional repository (
• Recruit and select unique locally-created (by Pacific students, staff, or faculty) content for dissemination through CommonKnowledge
• Provide direct support for journals published by the Libraries; this may include (but is not limited to) training for student and faculty editors, technical support for publications, layout/design support for publications, and coordination of metadata/journal deposits with CrossRef, Portico, and journal aggregators
• Provide direct support for books published by the Libraries under its Bee Tree Books imprint; this may include (but is not limited to) working with authors to secure third-party permissions, layout/design support for publications, and coordination of file delivery to print-on-demand vendors
• Serve as Associate Press Director for the Pacific University Press (3-4 titles anticipated during contract period); this may include (but is not limited to) recruiting and supporting Acquisition Team members; working with the Acquisition Teams and authors to complete book proposals; coordinating the peer review process for manuscripts; coordinating the editorial process for manuscripts; and managing the final editing, design, and production stages (including coordinating the permissions and legal review processes)
• Act as the liaison between various campus entities that have a stake in the repository and publishing services, including the library, faculty, administration, University Information Services, and students
• Hire and train student workers, as needed, to assist with the repository and with publishing services
• Design and provide instruction and resources for students, staff, and faculty related to scholarly communication topics (open access, intellectual property, copyright, publishing practices, author rights, etc.)
• Serve as a liaison with the University’s Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects; coordinate collaborative initiatives between the Library and OSSP that support the scholarly and research activities of the University community

• MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or significant relevant professional experience in either an academic library or a publishing company
• Familiarity with current trends and emerging issues regarding copyright, open access, and scholarly communication, particularly as they relate to publishing and/or institutional repositories
• Basic knowledge of legal and ethical issues relevant to publishers (e.g. copyright, privacy, libel, research ethics)
• Basic knowledge of publishing practices and processes for scholarly journals and/or monographs (i.e. review, editorial, production processes)
• Basic knowledge of digital repository platforms (experience with Digital Commons preferred)
• Demonstrated ability to efficiently learn/adapt to  new computer systems/software
• Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, XML, and XSLT
• Experience with desktop publishing programs (Adobe InDesign preferred)
• Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff, both independently and in a team environment
• Ability to plan, develop, and manage projects
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Potential for success working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

Academic library environment. This job is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Faculty, exempt, non-tenure track, full-time, 18 month appointment

Interested applicants for this opportunity should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references with their telephone numbers, email addresses, and an explanation of the relationship to the applicant.  Application materials will be screened; candidates for interview will be selected and notified by email.  All applicants will receive notification when the position has been filled.  Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and criminal background check.

Applicants are encouraged to review University policies and practices as outlined in the faculty handbook.  See

Submit application materials to:  Debbie Pariera (, Assistant to the Library Director

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.  Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.  Nestled in the valley at the base of the coastal range and Mount Hood, the university is only a half hour to the Portland metro center.

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.

It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of sex, physical or mental disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, religious preference or disabled veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under state or federal law, or city ordinance.  Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116,

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