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Chair, Collection Development and Management, James E. Walker Library, Tenure-Track Faculty

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Work Type: Tenure-Track
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Job Title

Chair, Collection Development and Management, James E. Walker Library, Tenure-Track Faculty


Library Collection Development & Management

University Expectation

MTSU seeks candidates committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with diverse students.


The salary is commensurate with education and experience, with the minimum salary beginning at $85,000.

Job Summary/Basic Function

The James E. Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University invites applicants for a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position (#401005) as Chair of Collection Development and Management. Applicants must qualify for appointment at the rank of associate professor or professor. Expedited tenure will be considered at the time of appointment. The start date for the position can be negotiated.

The successful candidate must meet university research and service requirements for the rank of associate professor. Applicants can find information about the university's rank, tenure, and promotion policies at Applicants can locate rank, tenure, and promotion policies specific to the library at

The Collection Development and Management chair reports directly to the library dean and serves on the library leadership team. The chair leads the library’s Collection Development and Management (CDM) department, which includes acquisitions, cataloging, continuing resources, special collections, binding/book repair, web and discovery services, library systems, collections assessment, and the collections budget. The department comprises ten faculty librarians and eleven staff members. The chair has faculty and administrative responsibilities and is a member of the university’s chair council.

The chair leads the department's daily work while also developing long-term departmental goals that strategically align with library and university priorities. The chair provides oversight of the $4 million collections budget and collaborates with library faculty and staff to implement collection strategies that support the curricular and research needs of the campus. The chair directly supervises two staff members and evaluates the performance of department faculty in teaching, research, and service. The chair is expected to effectively work in a team environment and strive to create a respectful and inclusive workplace.

Required Education

A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program is required.

Required Related Experience

Applicants must have five (5) years of experience in a professional (post-MLS) position with at least three (3) years of supervisory experience of full-time personnel.

Other Desirables

Applicants with the following will receive special consideration.

  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Experience in one or more technical service areas such as collection development, acquisitions, electronic resource management, library systems, special collections, or cataloging.
  • Experience in a leadership role.
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Evidence of active membership in a relevant national or international professional organization.
  • Commitment to providing exceptional user-centered service.
  • Experience with budgeting and planning.

Documents Needed to Apply

To successfully apply, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and research statement or creative activities statement (as appropriate to the discipline).

Special Instruction to Applicants 

For more information about serving as a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University, please visit our faculty recruitment webpage at

If you need help applying, please contact Mitzi Dunkley, Faculty Recruitment Specialist, at (615) 898-5128. If you have position-specific questions, please contact Suzanne Mangrum at

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:  

  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave for Administrative/Classified Staff/12-month Faculty
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents
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MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment is required before employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you must provide information about your criminal history to be considered.

For individuals requiring reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

Application Review Date: 06/17/2024

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