Dean of Library and Information Sciences

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Dean of Library and Information Sciences

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Posting Details

Position Information
Working Title Dean of Library and Information Sciences
Position Number 611266
Appointment Type Permanent - Full Time
Tenure Track No
FTE 1 = 40 hours/week, 12 months
If time limited, duration date
Position Overview
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The dean must be an individual with exceptionally broad vision, an awareness of national and international educational developments and strong leadership skills to assume the position. The Dean sets the strategic direction for the School of Library and Information Sciences and establishes school-wide priorities.
Primary Purpose of Position
North Carolina Central University is seeking to hire a Dean of the School of Library and Information Sciences. This position reports directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and is a member of the leadership team for Academic Affairs.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • A successful record of teaching, scholarship, and service appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor (or an earned tenured rank of full professor at an accredited higher education institution).
  • Extensive management and planning experience, including management of both human and financial resources.
  • In-depth knowledge of scholarly communication and information technologies.
  • Broad and thorough knowledge of the academic enterprise.
  • Proven written and oral communication skills.
  • Collaboration and decision-making skills.
  • Active support of diversity initiatives and awareness, demonstrated ability to recruit, hire, retain and manage a diverse workforce and to promote a diverse work environment through education, training and professional development.
  • A student-centered leader with a track record of success who can position SLIS to be at the forefront of advancements in the fields of library and information sciences.
  • A demonstrated commitment to student success in library and information sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a proven record of successful and effective
    communication strategies and support from multiple constituencies to promote student success.
  • A thought leader committed to collaboration and the advancement of faculty and student research with the ability to address trends in graduate education including curriculum and program enhancement.
  • A tactical administrator with knowledge, experience and skills in enrollment management, retention, and degree completion and who understands current marketing strategies for graduate education.
  • Experience in program accreditation in the fields of library and information sciences and overseeing a vibrant portfolio of undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • A successful and seasoned higher education administrator with strong fiscal and personnel management skills, and demonstrated success in obtaining grants, and engaging in fundraising.
  • A collaborator who will facilitate opportunities for faculty development and innovative pursuit of interdisciplinary work with STEM programs and the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  • Additional desired qualities include a demonstrated record of strong commitment to diversity, appreciation of the history of the nation’s HBCU, and commitment to the principles of shared governance.
  • A deep commitment to relational leadership and development of close partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
Minimum Education/Experience
  • Ph.D. in Library or Information Science.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative and leadership experience in a higher education academic environment.
Licenses or Certification required by Statute or Regulation
Equal Opportunity Employer
North Carolina Central University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Primary Responsibilities and Duties
Function Administrative
Describe the specific tasks and responsibilities related to the function.
As a member of the Provost’s leadership team, the Dean contributes to the university’s strategic goals and is expected to:

Foster an environment of collegiality, respect, and teamwork that empowers faculty and staff members to determine and accomplish the goals of the School of Library and Information Sciences.

Represent the school of Library Information Sciences to the university’s academic community, other service departments, the administration, the local community, and the wider network of Library and Information Sciences professional organizations nationally and internationally.

Monitor the external environment, assessing risks and benefits of incorporating the use of new technologies and resources within the academic unit including administrative operations.

Develop organizational models for Library and Information Sciences, determining allocation of human resources based on a broad understanding of the School’s goals and outcomes.

Develop strategies for recruitment of traditional and non-traditional students, student admissions, online program offerings, graduate assistantships and retaining excellent faculty and staff.

Develop resource requirements for Library and Information Sciences. Recommend budget and allocates resources to meet needs of the community.

Function Other Duties as Assigned
Describe the specific tasks and responsibilities related to the function.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Function Administrative
Describe the specific tasks and responsibilities related to the function.
Identify and seek new funding sources to support Library and Information Sciences programs and collections, working in collaboration with Academic Resource Management. Engages in budget planning to incorporate projected future needs for technology and related information resources and services.

Develop strategic plans and set priorities for Library and Information Sciences. Identify and integrate new technologies and information services that support and enhance the School’s educational mission and that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative operations.

Develop, implement and assess graduation and retention strategies.

Engage in continual assessment of the School’s resources and services.

Lead a high-quality faculty and staff, delegating authority for specific areas of responsibility.

Support the professional development and continuing education of Library and Information Sciences faculty, administrators, and support staff.

Support diversity initiatives and create a climate that fosters inclusivity.
Function Administrative
Describe the specific tasks and responsibilities related to the function.
Serve as the primary contact for the School in requests from the administration, faculty committees, outside agencies, alumni, and the general public.

Keep abreast of current trends in library science, and library management in a complex academic and research environment, information technology, and instructional design.

Possess administrative, budgetary, fund-raising, and collaborative leadership skills.

Possess skills in teamwork, collaboration, relationship-building, and mentoring.
Posting Detail Information
Posting Number EPA03119P
Open Date 02/27/2024
Date desired for closing or initial review
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Date Position Available 07/01/2024
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (official required from selected candidate)
  4. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. DD-214 (Veterans Only)

Supplemental Questions

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