Associate Dean, Library Affairs/Associate Professor or Professor - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Reporting to the Dean of Library Affairs, the Associate Dean provides strategic leadership for Reference and Instruction, Information Resources Management, Circulation Services, and Geospatial Resources. The Associate Dean position is a full-time, 12-month, term Administrative/Professional position that comes with a tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) is a nationally ranked public research university with a population of over 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Morris Library holds more than three million volumes and subscribes to a wide range of electronic resources and databases. The library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). Librarians at SIUC are faculty and are covered by collective bargaining.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In a spirit of shared governance, provides leadership, planning, implementation, maintenance, and evaluation of programs and personnel in the following departments: Reference & Instruction, Information Resources Management, Circulation Services, and Geospatial Resources.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the library in concert with the Dean.
  • Directly supervises personnel of 9 Faculty and 4 Civil Service Staff.
  • Develops, evaluates, and continually works to improve programs and services.
  • Collaboratively establishes goals and objectives for departments under position’s leadership.
  • Serves as a member of the Library Affairs Management Team.
  • Represents the Dean at various events and meetings as requested.
  • Serves on various committees within Morris Library, the University, and in professional organizations such as CARLI, IHLS, ARL, GWLA, ALA, etc.
  • Participates in the Library's outreach efforts to promote library services and resources to the campus community.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required (minimum) Qualifications:

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited library program.
  • At least five years of relevant, professional experience in an academic/research library with progressively increasing administrative/supervisory responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated initiative and commitment to innovative approaches for improving operations and services.
  • Strong communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills including the demonstrated ability to work effectively and cooperatively with staff, colleagues, and a diverse workforce and clientele.
  • Demonstrated history of leadership abilities.
  • Evidence of commitment to support the academic instruction and research activities of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Evidence of creativity in problem solving and effective organization and time management competencies.
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) with an ability to foster positive work environment and collegiality.
  • Evidence of a proactive style of leadership that encourages teamwork and interaction.
  • A sustained record of peer-reviewed research and publications or a record of significant contributions to committees at state, regional, and national levels.
  • Ability to meet criteria for promotion and tenure, including service and published research.

For appointment at the rank of Professor:

  • A distinguished record of peer-reviewed research and publications over several years including a record of professional service at state, regional, and national levels in leadership positions;
  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in an academic/research library including a minimum of three years supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in collective bargaining and shared governance environment.
  • Experience writing, obtaining, and managing grants.
  • Possess a broad institutional perspective and have excellent strategic planning skills.
  • Experience overseeing library security, including conducting routine drills and evacuations as well as working with campus safety personnel.
  • Experience applying new information technologies in public service settings.
  • Familiarity with Alma/Primo VE or other LMS/ILS, OCLC, and other library software.

General Information:

Contact: Terri Elliott


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Deadline to Apply: November 30, 2022, or until filled.
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SIU Carbondale, member of the SIU System, is an anti-racist community that opposes racism, discrimination and inequity in any form, and embraces diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice for all people.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration