Immersion Program Description
Join twelve of your colleagues in teaching this exciting national program. Now in its twelfth year, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Immersion Program brings together academic librarians for four to five days of intensive work in teaching and information literacy. With nearly 1,600 graduates of previous national and regional sessions, the Immersion Program has transformed individuals, students, and instruction programs nationally and internationally. There are generally four Immersion Programs held each year. The Teacher and Program Track Immersion Program is normally offered in July or early August; the Assessment and Intentional Teacher Track Immersion Program is usually offered in November or early December. Additional programs are also being considered.
The current Immersion Curriculum is divided into four tracks. The Teacher Track prepares librarians to become effective teachers; the Program Track develops leaders and managers of information literacy programs. Five principal curriculum areas organize the program and give librarians the tools needed to excel as both teachers and leaders: information literacy, teaching/pedagogy, leadership, assessment, and learning theory.
The Intentional Teacher Track is aimed at the experienced academic librarian who wants to become more self-aware and self-directed as a teacher. This program facilitates the process of critical reflection through peer discussion, readings and personal reflection as a pathway to professional growth and renewal. The newest Immersion Program is the Assessment Track, which is intended for experienced academic librarians active in teaching and learning and those with leadership roles for information literacy program development who want to improve their knowledge and practice of both classroom and program assessment.
While these four programs have been foundational for Immersion and are expected to continue, ACRL and the Immersion faculty look forward to new innovations in the curriculum, delivery modality, and in the types of programs offered. We are seeking new colleagues who will creatively develop these new programs that take Immersion in new and exciting directions. New faculty will focus on these new programs more than on the traditional programs.
Immersion Program Faculty
Current faculty members agree teaching in the Immersion Program is the most energizing and challenging professional development experience in which they have ever participated. Faculty members have direct opportunity to influence the future of information literacy and to further expand its impact as an educational change agenda. A roster of Immersion faculty is available online.
The Immersion Program is planned and taught with collaboration and integration as the cornerstones. Faculty members contribute ideas and energy toward common solutions in support of co-faculty and attendees as well as overall Immersion goals and values. While faculty members typically specialize in one curricular area, the teaching and learning experience in Immersion is deeply integrated and holistic. Faculty contribute to the overall program experience by teaching the duration of the program and in several areas of the curriculum.
Expectations of the ACRL Immersion Program Faculty Include:
1. Participate in the teaching of at least three of the Immersion Programs in the next five years. New faculty will observe one of the programs before teaching (e.g., will observe a program offered in summer 2011 and will teach in 2012).
2. Contribute creatively and collaboratively to the development and delivery of the Immersion experience. This includes individual and team teaching, facilitating small groups, 1:1 discussions, attending meals, evening activities and planning meetings and assessment/evaluation sessions with both individuals and groups. Flexibly adapt teaching “for the moment.”
3. Specialize in one of the selected curricular areas (information literacy; teaching/ pedagogy; leadership; assessment; or learning theory), or in a new curricular area important to the future of higher education and information literacy. With faculty partners, ensure the creative evolution and development of curricula in this area and innovatively teach this segment. Develop handouts, notebooks and teaching tools. Collaboratively problem-solve with the entire faculty in order to support teaching in the other curricular areas. Immersion faculty members are encouraged to develop the ability to teach in an additional curricular area and to participate in new programs as they are developed.
4. The Immersion Program is seeking to expand our collective repertoire of content and delivery methods and seek additions to the faculty with the vision and energy to reach participants in new and creative ways. Ideas under consideration include (but are not limited to):
- Information literacy programming for high school librarians
- Articulation of information literacy learning across K-20, e.g. high school to college, 2-year to 4-year college transfer
- Online pedagogy/e-learning used by Immersion faculty to deliver content in new ways
- Expand Immersion curriculum content addressing online pedagogies
- Engaging academic library leadership in information literacy at the institutional level
- Outreach to discipline faculty
5. Following the program, assess and provide feedback to participants on the immersion assignments.
6. Meet all timelines and deadlines established by the Immersion Program Faculty Coordinator(s).
7. Actively participate in the faculty discussion list, conference calls, and online meetings.
8. Work year-round on faculty sub-committees to ensure an evolving, up-to-date program.
9. Attend curriculum meetings that may be scheduled for days prior to the start of the American Library Association (ALA) Annual and/or Midwinter conference. Attendance is not consistently subsidized outside of the program stipend.
Immersion Program Faculty Terms of Presentation
Faculty receive an honorarium, travel expenses, lodging and meals when teaching face-to-face Immersion programs.
How to Apply
To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:
- Maximum 2-page cover letter introducing yourself and describing why you would like this experience. Address how you are creative in your professional practice in the cover letter or in the 1 page response questions.
- Two-page vita
- Names of three references who have observed your teaching and/or have collaborated with you in teaching endeavors
- 1 page maximum responses to each of the following questions:
1) Who are you as a teacher?
2) What is an example of a successful collaborative teaching experience in which you have been involved? What did you contribute to make it successful?
3) What will you contribute to the Immersion program; why are these qualities or contributions important to the goals of the program?
4) What is your knowledge and experience in each of the five curriculum areas, or in areas that would contribute to the development of Immersion programs? If you could add one new curriculum emphasis, what would it be and why?
5) What is your most creative idea for a new area of the Immersion program?
The single PDF application must be electronically submitted by September 1, 2010 to:
Mary Jane Petrowski
Candidates will be interviewed at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2011. Applicants invited for an in-person interview will be notified by November 1, 2010 so they have sufficient time to make travel plans.
Questions can be directed to Julie Planchon Wolf at (425) 352-3452 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.