Call for Curriculum Designers – Leading Change Online Course

ACRL is issuing a call for curriculum designers to create an asynchronous online learning course designed to give library teams the capability and confidence to lead change in their academic library and on their campus. The designers will work with oversight from the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee and input from appropriate ACRL staff. Individual or team applications are welcome. Applications are due November 19, 2018.

In 2018, the ACRL Board affirmed its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and particularly to building leadership opportunities for racially and ethnically underrepresented colleagues. The Board expects this commitment to permeate the work of the Association, including all its professional development and learning opportunities.


The curriculum designers will plan and develop an asynchronous online learning course that includes self-guided, self-paced readings and activities, as well as activities and exercises to be completed as a team. There will not be an instructor, though ACRL staff will answer questions as needed.

The course should provide readings, self-assessment and analysis activities, team and group work, and strategic planning exercises and templates that help library teams:

  • Understand how to foster change in organizations.
  • Identify problems and gaps in services in their organization.
  • Develop a change strategy and devise a change plan for their organization.
  • Implement their change plan.


  • Proficient in organizational change management.
  • Experience working in or consulting with academic or research libraries.
  • Experience with instructional and asynchronous online course design.

Successful curriculum designers must:

  • Develop the course in collaboration with ACRL’s New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee and ACRL staff.
  • Have course prepared for testing and assessment by June 1, 2019.
  • Have changes incorporated and course ready to launch by August 1, 2019.

In addition to the above, serving as a curriculum designer involves development of all materials, exercises, and presentations. It will involve revision and updating of curriculum and materials as needed and possible development of new materials. A stipend will be provided for the curriculum development.

How to apply

To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:

  1. Statement addressing the following questions (two pages max for all).
    1. Why do you want to become a curriculum designer for ACRL’s Leading Change online course?
    2. How does your experience qualify you for the role?
    3. What contributions could you make to the design team?
    4. Can you provide examples of your teaching and training lesson plans and materials?
    5. Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
  2. Your resume or C.V.
  3. The names and contact information for two references who have direct knowledge of your relevant experience and expertise.

The single PDF application must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Monday, November 19, 2018, to ACRL Content Strategist Erin Nevius at

A selection committee with representatives from the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee and ACRL staff will consider applications and conduct telephone interviews. Applicants will be notified by January 4, 2019.