Search for the Dean of Libraries
Dean of Libraries
Job Location: Michigan
Apply By: Open until filled.
Date Created: 11-01-2019
Oakland University, a public doctoral research institution in southeastern Michigan, invites applications and nominations for the Dean of Libraries. This is a rare opportunity for a gifted and experienced library administrator to lead a dynamic community of scholars, faculty, and staff into a new era for the institution. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the ideal candidate will play a crucial role in positioning the University Libraries as a model for faculty collaboration, student success, and innovative knowledge management.
Composed of both Kresge Library and the William Beaumont School of Medicine Library, the Oakland University Libraries offer library collections and services to help students, faculty, staff, and community researchers meet their academic goals and enrich their learning. The new Dean will join Oakland University at an exciting time, working with campus and community stakeholders to draft and execute a new strategic plan and vision for the enterprise. The Dean will inherit a dedicated and talented faculty and staff eager to generate impactful campus contributions. With a newly designated R2 Carnegie classification, Oakland University seeks a Dean that will chart an innovative course for enhanced scholarship and research opportunities. The Dean will serve as a visible advocate for the Libraries and will represent the unit on campus, in the local community, and beyond.
Founded as Michigan State University-Oakland in 1957 following the unique donation of the vast Matilda and Alfred Wilson estate to support higher education, Oakland University is a student-centered research institution with a global perspective. Operating independently since 1970, the University serves a diverse student population and the institution is woven deeply into its surrounding community. Over its history, the University has grown to accommodate more than 20,000 students and offers 143 bachelor’s degree programs and 135 doctoral, master’s degree and certificate programs
The Dean of Libraries will be a central figure at the University, working closely with administration, other deans, faculty, students, staff, and community members to enhance knowledge access and management on campus. To be successful, the ideal candidate will address a set of key opportunities and challenges. The Dean of Libraries will:
- Make a meaningful impact by establishing and executing a vision and strategic plan through increased visibility of the Libraries on campus;
- Leverage the individual and collective talents of faculty and staff;
- Ensure transparency and accountability in change management and resource allocation;
- Represent, advocate for, and advance the Libraries on campus, in the community, and in other professional settings.
Oakland University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Review of Applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Electronic submission of applications is required. More information as well as the opportunity to submit applications, inquiries, and nominations can be found at www.imsearch.com/
Deborah Hodson and Joe Kralick
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Oakland University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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