Learning Design Coordinator Research and Learning - University of Pittsburgh

The Learning Design Coordinator (LDC) is a full-time faculty librarian appointment reporting...
The Learning Design Coordinator (LDC) is a full-time faculty librarian appointment reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning. This position works collaboratively with subject and functional specialists to lead the design, development, implementation, and assessment of a learning and curricular integration strategy that advances research education and information literacy across the Pitt Libraries. This position serves as a resource for colleagues in the areas of instructional design and inclusive, learner-centered pedagogy. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for the creation of digital learning objects (such as videos, tutorials, OER content, and infographics) for use in-person, online, and in blended environments, as well as for providing support to colleagues in the creation and implementation of these objects.  The LDC also leads a committee responsible for coordinating the development, lifecycle, and curricular integration of research guides and other digital learning resources into appropriate platforms such as the Libraries' website and the University's learning management system (Canvas).  This position develops, coordinates, and assesses the library's role in the Academic Foundations first-year experience course for incoming students on the Oakland campus.

The LDC is expected to communicate effectively and work collaboratively and consultatively with colleagues across the University Library System (ULS) who are engaged in structured research and learning opportunities with students and faculty, as well as with the library's Assessment and Quality Assurance division and other ULS stakeholders. In addition, the LDC will engage with strategic university partners, such as the Center for Learning and Teaching, to integrate library learning and research services into the curriculum.

As part of the Research and Learning Team, this position may provide instruction, outreach, and research services to assigned liaison areas and to students, faculty, and staff as needed.


  • Establishes a holistic, cross-departmental vision for teaching and learning at the ULS
  • Engages in strategic planning, outcomes development, assessment, curriculum design, and inclusive, learner-centered content creation for the Libraries' instructional offerings
  • Collaborates with ULS and University colleagues to integrate critical literacies and research education into courses and curricula
  • Leads first-year information literacy instructional programming for the Oakland campus
  • Creates library learning modules, video tutorials, OER materials, and digital learning objects that are accessible and compliant; assists colleagues in producing learning resources
  • Develops and coordinates library workshops and instruction sessions for students and faculty as part of a suite of educational offerings at the ULS
  • Leads assigned teams and coordinates relevant projects; serves on assigned teams and work groups
  • Keeps abreast of best practices in learning design and provides ongoing training and communication to colleagues as appropriate; supports a culture of scholarship and inquiry regarding information literacy and research education within the ULS
  • Provides research or instructional consultations for members of the University community one-on-one or in collaboration with colleagues, as appropriate
  • Serves as a departmental liaison to one or more academic departments or schools, based on experience and organizational needs
  • Provides outstanding internal and external customer service

Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities. This expectation includes such activities as:

  • Participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups
  • Participating in professional organizations at a regional, state, national, and/or international level
  • Maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas of expertise
  • Participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities
  • Pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research, services and collections


Required Education/Knowledge/Skills:

  • MLIS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent advanced degree in a related field
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience  
  • Demonstrated competence with current technologies and best practices in the creative design and delivery of instruction, specifically in a higher education setting
  • Ability to use software applications and tools to create instructional content
  • Experience leading teams and building productive partnerships
  • Experience with instructional design and learning theories
  • Working understanding of assessment practices
  • Education or experience with designing online learning objects
  • Demonstrated self-direction and flexibility in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to support research education and learning across multiple disciplines
  • Capacity and commitment to engage in continuing professional development
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a desire to work in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills

Preferred Education/Knowledge/Skills

  • Experience with digital badges or micro-credentialing
  • Experience with integrating library resources or services into learning management systems, specifically Canvas
  • Project management experience
  • Experience in performing a variety of library outreach and liaison activities to faculty and students
  • Evidence of smart risk-taking, and innovative thinking

Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities.  This expectation includes such activities as participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups as well as the profession at a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas of expertise, participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities, and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research, services and collections.  Approximately 10% of the librarian's time should be directed toward such activities and will be included as part of the annual evaluation.

Specifically, the incumbent in this position is expected to:

  • Keep abreast of and contribute as appropriate to current developments in the profession, especially as they relate to integrating primary source literacy into the curricula. 
  • Contribute to the profession through publications, presentations, teaching, and other professional activities
  • Seek out appropriate roles in professional associations, research and/or publication on the regional, national and international level
  • Participate actively in ULS and campus-wide working groups and committees, as appropriate

The University of Pittsburgh Library System
The University of Pittsburgh's University Library System ( is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and contains over 4.7 million print and electronic volumes, including access to over 300,000 journals and 570 databases. The University Library System (ULS) consists of 14 libraries and employs 75 faculty librarians and 103 staff. In addition to the ULS, the University of Pittsburgh includes libraries for the health sciences and law school.

The ULS stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Pittsburgh, fostering connections and knowledge creation and dissemination that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world to excel in research, scholarship and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, innovative Open Access publishing, and user-centered focus.

The ULS has recently enacted a major organizational realignment and is currently aggressively hiring in many areas of strategic priority, including research support, digital scholarship and creation, entrepreneurship and innovation, as we are repositioning our services to respond to and anticipate changes in research, teaching, and learning. We are also in the midst of a top-to-bottom renovation of Hillman Library, the central library of the University of Pittsburgh campus which saw 1.9 million visitors in FY17.  The reinvented Hillman ( will be a light-filled home to spaces, from vibrant to serene, for digital making and exploration, showcasing unique collections, advancing academic study, and fostering energetic, collaborative exchange.

This is an exciting time to join the Pitt library system and contribute to envisioning the library of the future.

The University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh ( is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Today Pitt is an internationally recognized center of learning and research, strong in the arts and sciences and the professions. Pitt serves approximately 32,000 students, including more than 9,000 graduate students, in the 16 schools at the Pittsburgh campus and the four regional campuses. Pitt attracts, on average, more than $700 million in research funding every year.  It is also one of the nation's top producers of Fulbright students and scholars for the 2017-18 academic year (according to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), and is among only 16 institutions in the country to be named a top producer in both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs.  In 2018, for the second consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Pitt as the best public university in the Northeastern United States.

The City of Pittsburgh
The city of Pittsburgh is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education, and technological resources.  Additional information on the city of Pittsburgh can be found at:

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including one-month vacation per year; excellent benefit plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance.

Successful candidate will meet the criteria for appointment at the rank of Librarian II, and will be hired within the Non-Expectation Stream on an initial 3-year renewable contract.  For further information, please see the Guidelines for Faculty Librarians:  Appointment, Review, Promotion, and Appeal ( )

Please apply through the University of Pittsburgh's Talent Center, requisition number 20001341. In addition to creating a Talent Center account, please upload/attach a cover letter, CV, and three professional references with contact information.  Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to Sharon McMasters (

Visa sponsorship is not offered with this position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled; primary consideration will be given to those received by March 23, 2020.