Director of Research and Scholarly Initiatives

at Southern Methodist Univeristy (view profile)
Location Dallas, TX
Date Posted July 14, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Education Requirements Master's degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited program or advanced degree in other relevant or related field
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 65,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 85,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle @SMU_Libraries


SMU Libraries seeks a self-motivated, team-oriented, creative and analytical thinker with strong communication skills to join a dynamic library organization dedicated to innovative ideas and services. The Director of Research and Scholarly Initiatives will develop collaborative partnerships to facilitate a seamless, interdisciplinary, and university-wide network to support scholarly and creative research.  This new position, reporting to the Associate Dean and Director of Fondren Library, will lead the SMU Libraries’ research team to create, manage and promote a portfolio of services to support the faculty and students involved in original research projects. The new Director will lead the design of services and spaces for the libraries’ new Research Studio in Fondren Library which will serve as the university’s central hub of research support. This position requires a high degree of collaborative leadership and initiative and will be a key component in accomplishing the libraries’ strategic plan and the university’s mission to attain tier one research classification.

SMU is a nationally ranked private research university in Dallas, Texas with eight degree-granting schools. SMU Libraries includes six libraries on the main campus and one library at our satellite location in Taos, NM. Librarians at SMU are staff, appointed to a rank, and are eligible for promotion.

SMU Libraries, and SMU as a whole, is dedicated to diversity and inclusion. We seek to hire a person who shares our values of a diverse and equitable workplace based on teamwork with a proactive and positive approach in all that we do.

Essential Functions:

  • Leads a team to create, manage, and promote services that support faculty and student research projects in collaboration with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and other key collaborators.
  • Coordinate consultations and instruction for faculty and students related to the research process, including digital scholarship services such as research data management and preservation, project planning, text mining, GIS, as well as aspects of publishing such as citation metrics, and identity management (author profiles and digital presence).
  • Communicates and coordinates services with internal library partners, such as the Libraries’ Instruction Team, the Norwick Center for Digital Solutions, and the manager of SMU Scholar, the libraries’ digital repository.
  • Liaises with other campus partners who provide research services such as the Office of Information Technology, the Office of Research, the Center for Research Computing, the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, the Data Science Institute, and the Office of Engaged Learning to coordinate efficient delivery and coordinated marketing of university research services to faculty and students.
  • Participates in the planning for a new physical space in Fondren Library to support faculty and student research called The Research Studio.
  • Supervises a team by providing clear communication and direction, establishing goals, and mentoring professional growth and development
  • Works with the Director of Strategic Initiatives to measure the quality and impact of research services; gathers statistics and creates reports to measure impact of services on faculty and student research successes.
  • Keeps abreast of the latest trends and best practices in the field of digital scholarship services to enhance the libraries’ service portfolio.
  • Seeks opportunities to participate in professional development through activities such as organizational memberships, publications, presentations and other professional avenues.

Education and Experience:

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited program or advanced degree in other relevant or related field
  • A minimum of five (5) years of work experience with progressive responsibility in an academic setting or research library
  • Minimum of three (3) years supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated ability to lead people and build collaborative teams
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience providing services in data management, digital scholarship, research metrics, identity management or scholarly publishing
  • Experience conducting research and ability to adapt to ever-changing research climate.
  • Experience designing and teaching classes, preferably in higher education
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about services for a university community
  • Familiarity with grant writing
  • Experience assessing services
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and apply new tools for research projects
  • Demonstrated ability using programming languages such as R, Python, Julia, or C++ in a research context

Deadline to Apply:

Open until filled. Applications submitted by August 9, 2021 will receive priority consideration.

Applicants are required to submit a resume or CV and a cover letter addressing the requirements for this position. Applicants are also required to include a statement that describes their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.