EHSL Seeks an Associate Director for Education and Research

Melissa Rethlefsen

Melissa Rethlefsen

The faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah invite applications for an Associate Director for Education and Research. The Associate Director provides leadership and vision for the educational and research-oriented efforts of the Library, including oversight of public services functions. The Associate Director is committed to education and advocates for Library engagement in the educational and research missions of the University through curricular involvement, creating innovative initiatives and programs, and effectively integrating new technologies into outreach, instruction, and public services. The Education and Research division enables and facilitates the educational and research activities of the health sciences schools through outreach, integrated instruction, consultations, research support, and active involvement in the campus. The Associate Director serves as a member of the Library’s executive leadership council and reports to the Deputy Director.

The Associate Director will directly participate in the educational and research efforts of the library, including teaching curriculum-embedded courses, providing workshops and consultations, and serving on University and health sciences committees dedicated to education, curriculum, and research topics. The Associate Director may also participate in interdisciplinary research projects and may lead in conducting research studies about library processes and outreach. The position has a strong externally-facing component, requiring outreach and engagement across the health sciences campus. Internally, the Associate Director additionally leads assessment efforts; plans, implements, and evaluates new projects; and determines the budgetary needs of the Education and Research division.

The Associate Director is expected to contribute to the profession and the health sciences campus through scholarship and service, and is responsible for mentoring and collaborating with junior faculty to ensure their success. The Associate Director also oversees professional development opportunities for the Library, and is responsible for professional development for the staff and faculty of the Education and Research division. The Associate Director is committed to an environment of mutual respect and inclusion. The Associate Director is currently responsible for supervisory oversight of 4 faculty, 3.5 permanent staff, and part-time staff.

Other duties may be assigned. This position is a full-time, tenure track faculty position.

The mission of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is to advance and transform education, research, and health care through dynamic technologies, evidence application, and collaborative partnerships. The Library contributes to the success of health professionals, students, researchers and the community. The Library is recognized locally and nationally as a leader of intellectual exploration and as a catalyst for innovative discovery. Housed within the Library is the University of Utah’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Center for Medical Innovation, and The GApp Lab, a collaboration between the Center for Medical Innovation, the Entertainment, Arts, & Engineering program, and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library serves University of Utah Health Care, the Intermountain West’s only academic health sciences center, including the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health as well as the University Hospitals and Clinics. The Library also serves as headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region and the National Library of Medicine Training Center. It is a member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, the Medical Library Association, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.



  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library school
  • Minimum 3 years of reference, instruction, or related professional experience in an academic library with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Flexibility and adaptability for work in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated creative and innovative approaches to engaging educators, researchers, and students
  • Demonstrated experience planning and providing instruction in an academic setting
  • Familiarity with trends in academic libraries and academia, including data management, systematic reviews, research impact, educational technologies to enhance teaching, etc.
  • Ability to work with multiple constituencies with ease, including, but not limited to faculty, staff, undergraduate students, graduate students, health professions students, alumni, donors, and administrators
  • Commitment to diversity in the workplace and community
  • Commitment to mentorship and leadership in the local setting and the profession
  • Willingness to seek membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP)


  • Professional experience in an academic health sciences library
  • Demonstrated record of scholarship and service to the profession
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated curriculum-based instruction
  • Experience supporting researchers and providing research support
  • Understanding of adult learning theory and practices
  • Experience with health sciences evidence-based information retrieval and in-depth literature searching
  • Familiarity with emerging and established technologies, including mobile devices and social media, and their incorporation into library services and instruction
  • Sense of humor and outgoing personality

Salary and Benefits:

Based on experience, starting at $65,000 minimum annually. Position is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. Rank is dependent on the qualifications of the candidate. Faculty benefits include 200 hours of vacation, and 12 days of sick leave annually. There is a generous TIAA/ CREF retirement employer contribution. More information may be found in the University of Utah Faculty Handbook: See for a full list of benefits.


The University of Utah uses an online application system. Please complete the online application form and submit a cover letter stating how your educational background and experience match the needs and qualifications highlighted above, and how you would contribute to the Library’s reputation and leadership; a curriculum vitae; and names of three references.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page. Quick link for Posting is

Review of Applications: Review of application begins March 15, 2015, and continues until the position is filled.

If you have any questions about this position announcement or on applying online, please contact:

Melissa L. Rethlefsen, Search Committee Chair
Deputy Director
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
10 N. 1900 E. Salt Lake City, UT 84112

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and Respect.  The University of Utah HSC values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to the mission of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

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