W&M Libraries Faculty Scholar: A Call for Proposals

William & Mary Libraries seeks proposals for the next W&M Libraries Faculty Scholar. This position, newly created in 2016, seeks to support a tenured W&M faculty working full-time to advance a digital project while furthering library and institutional priorities.  

This position will work closely with library staff to advance new or existing research and make it accessible. Additionally, the Scholar will support the Dean of University Libraries and her cabinet to advance faculty-librarian partnerships, enhance collections, expand alumni relationships, and promote W&M Libraries to multiple constituencies. 

The foundational expectations for the William & Mary Libraries Scholar are:

  • Relocate to the Earl Gregg Swem Library for the duration of the project and be present with your library colleagues;
  • Develop a research project that adheres to open access principles, and is strengthened by the presence of librarians, archivists and other library staff members;
  • Explore grant and other external funding to advance the project, especially as it relates to continued funding and preservation beyond the term of the position;
  • Assist in collection development for the general and special collections, as appropriate, and in collaboration with Georgie Donovan, Associate Dean for Collections & Content Services, and Jay Gaidmore, Marian & Alan McLeod Director of Special Collections;
  • Be an informed advocate for issues related to library priorities (e.g. open educational resources, institutional repository/WM Scholarworks, the library as place);
  • Assist William & Mary Libraries to identify alumni and friends who will relish an opportunity to invest in digital projects and the future Learning Studio -- the campus home for teaching and learning, innovation, and library/faculty collaboration;
  • Evaluate and refine the William & Mary Libraries Scholar program for future faculty.

The period of the award is up to three academic years, beginning in August 2019. Funding for the position is shared by the Scholar’s School and W&M Libraries. W&M Libraries funds a replacement instructor in the department while the Scholar is on assignment in the Library. Faculty interested in this position are encouraged to schedule a discussion with their assigned library liaison to flesh out ideas and brainstorm collaboratively. 

Application and Review Process:

Interested candidates should complete the online application and email a CV to the Dean of University Libraries, Carrie Cooper. A committee comprised of library staff, faculty and administrators will review the proposals and finalists may be invited for an interview. 

The inaugural William & Mary Libraries digital project, the Cuban Media Project, can be accessed on the W&M Libraries website