We’re Hiring a Critical Pedagogy Librarian!

We’re delighted to be hiring a tenure-track Critical Pedagogy Librarian at the Instructor or Assistant Professor rank. Please share far and wide, and consider applying!

Review of applications begins on April 19, 2024.

Critical Pedagogy Librarian, Instructor or Assistant Professor

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters cutting-edge research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students who is turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates at CUNY every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The Critical Pedagogy Librarian supports the CUNY Graduate Center and CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies by coordinating research instruction and library liaison efforts, with a special focus on critical examination of the production and use of information. As a member of the library faculty, the Critical Pedagogy Librarian pursues an active scholarly agenda and participates in college- and university-wide programs and committees as assigned. This tenure-track position reports to the Chief Librarian.

The Mina Rees Library is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. We encourage members of historically under-represented communities to apply, and we welcome applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, veterans, neurodivergent people, and people with disabilities.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as subject librarian for the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies, performing outreach, offering group and one-on-one instruction, analyzing and building collections, and assisting researchers at all levels
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop and assess library instructional programming in concert with pedagogical efforts across the Graduate Center
  • With colleagues, coordinate the Library’s open educational resources (OER) efforts including graduate student workshops and fellowships
  • Supervise full-time or part-time staff and/or library interns as assigned
  • Represent the Graduate Center on the CUNY-wide library and Information Literacy Committee and other relevant CUNY Office of Library Services committees
  • Serve as a subject liaison, including outreach, reference, instruction, and collection development, both online and in person
  • Mantain professional currency in critical information studies, graduate pedagogy, and research instruction
  • Produce scholarly research and provides academic service on committees and working groups in accordance with the library’s tenure and promotion criteria
  • Perform other duties as asigned

All full-time and part-time CUNY staff are expected to work in-person at their campus office 70% of their work time. For full-time staff, this is equivalent to 7 out of 10 days of in-person work in a two-week period (e.g., 7 days inperson, 3 days remote). This hybrid work schedule is subject to change.


For the rank of Instructor a Master’s in Library Science (MLS), Master’s in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution. The candidate will be expected to complete a second graduate degree within 5 years. For a degree at CUNY, tuition benefits are available. Also required is the ability to work with others for the good of the institution.

For the rank of Assistant Profesor a Master’s in Library Science (MLS), Master’s in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution, with a second graduate degree is required. Also required is the ability to work with others for the good of the institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and the ability to collaborate efficiently and effectively on shared projects in our diverse library and university community
  • Experience teaching, providing training, or similar
  • Demonstrated project managment ability
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • An interest in scholarship or creative achievement and achieving tenure as a faculty member
  • Experience in instruction and reference in an academic or research library
  • Familiarity with the needs of advanced academic researchers
  • Familiarity with assessment practices in libraries and higher education
  • Familiarity with scholarly communications and open research and learning


The salary range for the Instructor rank is $72,177 – $79,566 and for the Assistant Professor rank it is $72,667 – $82,928. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


Please submit a cover letter, resume and statement of scholarly interests in Word or PDF format, and apply here: https://cuny.jobs/new-york-ny/critical-pedagogy-librarian-instructor-or-assistant-professor/25846536C2D74EF6A015E4F1E3AB89F1/job/


Open until filled


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.


About the Author

Maura Smale is Chief Librarian at the CUNY Graduate Center.