Jobs: Associate Dean for Special Collections The UAB Libraries, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Associate Dean for Special Collections The UAB Libraries The University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham seeks a dynamic and innovative leader for the newly restructured Special Collections department of the UAB Libraries. The UAB Libraries organization was created in 2014 with the merger of the University’s Mervyn H. Sterne Library and Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences under the leadership of an inaugural Dean of Libraries.

The Special Collections department includes three faculty and three paraprofessional staff plus student workers housed within several library facilities: the UAB Historical Collections, comprised of the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, and the UAB Archives, are in the Lister Hill Building, and the Sterne Rare Book collection is housed in a recently acquired annex facility at the edge of campus. The department manages a long-standing history of the health sciences lecture series as well as research fellowships, both bringing noted scholars and researchers to the UAB campus over the course of the academic year. Support for these initiatives comes from a long-tenured friends group comprised of individuals from across the academic health center and the community.

The Special Collections department includes:

  • A history of medicine library with rare books and texts dating from the 14th through the early 20th centuries
  • Specialized collections of published material from the 18th through 20th century
  • The official archival repository for the university that documents all areas of campus which also includes a wide-range of manuscript collections in the health sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities
  • A major museum collection of artifacts, equipment and apparatus documenting the history of medicine, in all the health science professional fields

Acquisitions in all areas are active and ongoing.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Dean of Libraries.  The new Associate Dean for Special Collections will be a member of the library’s faculty and will participate in administrative and strategic planning for the UAB Libraries as part of the dean’s cabinet and administrative council. The ADSC will consolidate, expand and guide the merged department into the future. Major responsibilities for the ADSC position are the management and implementation of the department’s outreach, programming, and donor relations. The ADSC will advance the acquisition of new material via donation or purchase. The ADSC will also coordinate the department’s activities with other library departments, such as technical services and reference. The ADSC oversees department content on the UAB Digital Collections. A non-tenure track faculty appointment with commensurate salary will be granted at a rank based upon the candidate’s experience and background.

Thanks to exceptional financial support from the University and its donors, as well as a well-trained and highly dedicated staff, the University of Alabama Libraries has continued to increase in its rankings among members of the Association of Research Libraries. In addition to the ARL, University Libraries is a member of the National Information Standards Organization, the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Medical Library Association and the Southern Chapter Medical Library Association.

Requirements:  An MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited institution; progressively responsible leadership experience in a special or historical collections library, museum, or archives; a record of accomplishment in scholarly publishing, presentations, and professional service to meet faculty qualifications; experience with a friends group or external campus advisory committee and the management of directed endowment accounts; exceptional written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in history or another relevant subject field
  • Experience in a collection with a strong health science component
  • Experience providing outreach to academic and scholarly communities
  • Proven ability to maintain relationships with donors
  • Experience in grant writing, fundraising, and event planning
  • Teaching experience at the university level
  • Knowledge and experience in the maintenance and preservation of library, archival, and museum collections, both physical and digital collections
  • Demonstrated understanding of the application of technology in the service of special collections
  • Experience with digitization projects and the management of digital resources

To apply, please submit your application online:

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Jobs: Lecturer History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, or Quantitative/Computational History

Lecturer – History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, or Quantitative/Computational History – Department of History

Job #JPF01301

College of Letters & Science – History


Open date: March 10th, 2017

Next review date: March 24th, 2017

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: March 9th, 2018

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Lecturer – History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, or Quantitative/Computational History – Department of History

The Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses primarily in the History of Science (broadly defined) and Quantitative/Computational History should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department. Positions may range from 16% to 100% time, which would translate to 1 to 6 courses over a two semester academic year.

The Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley, is generating an applicant pool of qualified instructors to teach courses in the History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, or Quantitative/Computational History, pending openings.

Basic qualifications (at time of application): The minimum qualifications required to be an applicant are the completion of all PhD or equivalent degree requirements except the dissertation.

Additional qualifications (by start date): A PhD or equivalent degree in History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, or Quantitative/Computational history, or related field, is required by the start date. Demonstrated teaching excellence in the appropriate fields with undergraduates and, where appropriate, graduate students, along with a record of accomplishment in scholarship, service and professional activity.

Salary range: $52,099 – $57,507, based on a two semester, 100% time appointment. Starting salary will be commensurate with degrees currently held, past college-level teaching experience, and relevant industry experience.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties may include holding regular office hours, calculating grades, advising students, preparing course materials, managing GSIs, and attending appropriate meetings/orientations, etc.

Applicants whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education are encouraged to apply.

The department encourages individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, may have taken time off for family reasons (e.g., children, disabled, or elderly), or have achieved excellence in careers outside academia (e.g., in professional or industry service) to apply. UC Berkeley has a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants must submit a cover letter to include fields of specialization, curriculum vitae, one sample syllabus, and two letters of recommendation.

Please indicate in bold in the first paragraph of your cover letter your area(s) of specialization noting time period, any regional emphasis and topical focus (History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, Qualitative/Computational History, or if other, please specify specialization).

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Applications will be initially reviewed from March through April 2017 for appointments during the 2017-2018 academic year, including Summer Sessions 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018. Reviews will continue as needed throughout the year.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

Questions about this position may be addressed to Professor Mark Brilliant, Vice Chair for Curriculum, Department of History ( Questions about the application process can be directed to Kimberly Bissell, Academic Personnel Coordinator, at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy



Berkeley, CA



Cover Letter to Include Fields of Specialization

Curriculum Vitae

One Sample Syllabus


2 letters of reference required