University Archivist

at Texas A&M University Libraries (view profile)
Location College Station, Texas
Date Posted January 31, 2020
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative and dynamic professional to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as University Archivist. We are hiring one individual for a full-time position with an 11-month academic appointment beginning Summer 2020.  This is an open-track faculty search allowing applicants to indicate a preference for either a tenure-track/tenured position with research and service expectations or a non-tenure track position with professional service expectations.  Applicants will be considered for the faculty titles of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor or Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Professor depending on qualifications.

Reporting to the Dean through the Associate Dean for Special Collections and Director of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, the University Archivist is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the University Archives and will be the primary spokesperson for Texas A&M history on behalf of the Libraries.  Responsibilities include coordinating the identification, appraisal, acquisition, storage, access, preservation and disposal of university archives in both Unpaper and electronic formats, including supervision of the University Records Manager and conducting archival review of university and departmental records, as required; organizing collections; creating archival based descriptions; providing online and in-house reference services.  Additional responsibilities include onsite visits to investigate, assess, and acquire potential collections; donor engagement; conducting outreach programs to the campus community and participating in instructional sessions; collaborating in exhibit design and fabrication; participating in digitization initiatives; and curator engagement on the Clements Papers collections.

Tenure-track responsibilities include engaging in research activities leading to publications and national service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for tenure and promotion.   Non-tenure track responsibilities include engaging in professional service at multiple levels with demonstrated national impact.

The University:

Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values:  Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 68,000 students and 3,200 faculty.

The Libraries:

The vision of the University Libraries is to be the indispensable hub for discovery, learning, and creativity at Texas A&M.  The pillars of this vision are a distinguished collection of information resources unbounded by place and preserved for future generations; a suite of robust services and a dedicated team exceeding customer expectations; an inspirational environment that delights and invites use; and an organizational culture celebrated for its trust, openness to risk and strengthened by its collaboration and diversity.

The Libraries currently rank in the top ten among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries with competitive starting salaries (taking into account the regional cost of living).  Current staffing includes approximately 160-170 classified and professional staff and 85-90 faculty.  More information can be found at

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution (or international equivalent)
  • At least 3 years of archival-related experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service
  • Experience working successfully with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and teamwork skills complemented by the ability to take initiative

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in history or related field with emphasis on archival work
  • Experience working in an academic setting
  • Experience with digitization initiatives or institutional repositories
  • Experience in the creation of exhibits or exhibit fabrication
  • Knowledge of Texas and/or Texas A&M University history and traditions
  • Familiarity with DACS, EAD, and major archival software and tools (e.g., AtoM, Archon, ArchivesSpace, etc)
  • Evidence of successful project management

Salary/Benefits: Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum starting salary will be $54,500. Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA; paid holidays; no state or local income tax. Funding is provided for professional travel and development activities.

Applications: Applications must be received by March 15, 2020 for consideration.  Applications should include a letter of application, current complete vita, and contact information for 3 professional references.  They must be submitted through the Interfolio portal.  Tenure-track/Tenured position applicants should use posting number 73384 ( Non-tenure track position applicants should use posting number 73387 (  Please be aware that this is a non-binding selection and can be changed at point of negotiation with the successful applicant.

The letter of application should explicitly address the applicant’s qualifications in context of knowledge, skills, and experience relevant to the specific position References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission.

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.