Head of Open Scholarship

Company Name: 
Clemson University Libraries
Clemson, SC
Job Description: 


Clemson Libraries seeks a dynamic, driven, and collaborative Department Head for Open Scholarship to provide leadership and expertise at Clemson Libraries. The Open Scholarship Department includes services such as open educational resources, scholarly communications, experiential learning, research data services, and digital humanities/scholarship.  The department also houses learning spaces including the Scholars’ Lab, the Adobe Studio and Makerspace.

The Department Head of Open Scholarship (OS) will be responsible for planning, implementing, and managing a newly created open scholarship department that provides support for digital scholarship, digital literacy, data literacy, digital preservation, faculty research, Open Access initiatives and advocacy, and scholarly communication.  The department head will play an active role in recruiting and retaining faculty librarians and staff for the department. The department head will also collaborate with faculty, administrators, and staff to create meaningful partnerships with campus groups including the Division of Research, Clemson Computing & Information Technology, Graduate School, the Office of General Counsel, etc.  This position requires a high degree of collaborative leadership and initiative and will be critical to the Libraries’ strategic growth as an R1 institution.

Clemson Libraries faculty are members of the academic community, with responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarship, and service. This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position and works under the direction of the Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Research.

Responsibilities include:

Develops, manages, and assesses programs and services such as research data curation, digital preservation, digital humanities, digital scholarship, creative technologies, experiential learning, open access, open educational resources, and scholarly communication.

Provides leadership for the planning and implementation of multidisciplinary digital scholarship projects that support faculty and students’ scholarly activities.

Develops and monitors workflows and processes for the enhancement of digital assets as a part of the research and publication life cycle.

Provides leadership and directions for the strategic planning, project management, daily operations, and supervision of the 5 employees in the OS department, directly supervising 4 faculty librarians.

Provides oversight for a variety of open scholarship programs, including copyright education and outreach for faculty, and consultation services for grant requirements related to federal Public Access Policies, among other programs.

Builds awareness and support for the OS programs and services by developing a marketing plan about digital scholarship services to the campus community.

Encourages experimentation and risk-taking in digital scholarship projects as part of professional growth and culture of innovation.

Creates and coordinates teams with an emphasis on collaboration and communication among key stakeholders.

Keeps abreast of the latest trends and best practices in the field of digital scholarship, experiential learning, and scholarly communication.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

Develops a focused program of high-quality research and creative accomplishments, consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries’ mission and goals.


Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve the Libraries, university, profession, and community.

Salary and Benefits

Faculty rank and minimum salary of $80,000 based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity.


Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented Carnegie Research One university in a college town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive from Charlotte and Atlanta.


Required Qualifications

An ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship or a relevant accredited graduate degree in another scholarly field as deemed appropriate by the Libraries.

Minimum of 2 years professional experience in at least one of the department’s functional areas.

Minimum of 1 year management/supervisory experience.

Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication and creative problem-solving.

Demonstrated commitment to the promotion and enhancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of collegiality and campus partnerships.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience leading an established digital/open scholarship department.

3-5 years of management/supervisory experience.

Experience writing grants and getting external funding to start or expand services.

Experience developing new services and programs in the areas of open scholarship.

How to Apply: 

Applicants should electronically submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/121678.  

Required materials include a cover letter, professional curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references. Applications received by March 20 will be guaranteed consideration.