Dean of Library Services #002804

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Dean of Library Services #002804


Office of the Dean - Hunter Library

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This position is on site at our Cullowhee campus.

Western Carolina University invites applications from qualified, visionary, exemplary leaders to serve as the next Dean of Library Services.

The University
Established in 1889, WCU is a constituent member of the University of North Carolina and enrolls more than 12,000 students through its bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs in residential, distance, online, and international programs. The University strives to be a national model for student learning and engagement that embraces its responsibilities as a Carnegie Community Engaged institution. Core values of excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and service; reciprocity with our communities; the free and open interchange of ideas; equity, inclusive excellence, and diversity; responsible stewardship and organizational effectiveness; and environmental sustainability, guide our university mission and operations. WCU offers more than 150 academic programs with a faculty to student ratio of 1:17. The primary campus is located on over 650 acres in Cullowhee in the Nantahala National Forest within 20 minutes’ drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. WCU also maintains an instructional site at Biltmore Park near Asheville, NC, that serves approximately 700 primarily graduate students, and a vibrant online enrollment of more than 2,200 students.

Hunter Library
The mission of Hunter Library is to serve the curricular and research needs of students, faculty, and staff while encouraging academic success, fostering critical thinking, and enriching the community. It fulfills this mission by providing access to information; offering research and instruction services; and preserving the intellectual, environmental, and cultural heritage of the university and the region. The Library is a model for student engagement and support.
Hunter Library is organized into three departments: Research and Instruction Services, Content Organization and Management, and Discovery and Technology Services, each with its own department head. Additionally, Access Services operates collaboratively with all departments and library administration. Hunter Library employs 18 faculty librarians and 28 staff members.

The Library is a member of the University Library Advisory Council (ULAC) for the University of North Carolina, as well as the Western North Carolina Library Network (WNCLN), sharing an integrated library system and lending services with Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Hunter Library maintains a robust collection of physical and electronic resources that serves the curricular and research needs of the university’s students, faculty, and staff. The collection includes over a million print and electronic books; access to more than 100,000 journals; and digital and physical collections that document the university, the surrounding natural environment, and regional history and culture. Through a liaison model, librarians at Hunter Library work in close collaboration with teaching faculty and offer information literacy instruction that prepares students to succeed in the research required for both their academic and professional careers. Hunter Library offers many additional services and spaces, including the Curriculum Materials Center, which serves the College of Education and Allied Professions as well as students enrolled in WCU’s lab school, and the Scholar Studio, a space housing equipment, technology, and support services for students creating analog and digital research products.

Hunter Library embraces WCU’s strategic direction of inclusive excellence, and, in accordance with the American Library Association, seeks to “serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.”
Additional information about Hunter Library is available at this link:

The Dean is the chief administrative and academic officer of Hunter Library, a unit within the division of Academic Affairs, and a direct report to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The dean provides strategic, financial, and managerial leadership in executing the functions of the position. The Dean works collaboratively and collegially with faculty and with academic leadership, including other deans, to advance the mission and function of Hunter Library.

The Office of the Dean includes the Dean, an Associate Dean, a Business Officer, and an Executive Assistant.

Western Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Western Carolina University.

Minimum Qualifications:

1)Earned M.L.S. or equivalent terminal degree from an A.L.A.- accredited program with a record of professional and scholarly experience to qualify for tenure at the rank of professor
2)History of key leadership positions and a working knowledge of the core functions of academic libraries
3)Experience as a strong advocate of a university library as the core of the academic enterprise and student success
4)Experience with complex budgeting and financial management
5)Evidence of commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
6)Commitment to an active employee development program, including support of tenured and tenure-track faculty and staff
7)Experience with shared governance, building consensus, engaging in transparent decision-making, fostering a collegial working environment, and working effectively with a variety of constituencies, internal and external to the library
8)Well-developed interpersonal skills, including a clear and open communication style.

Preferred Qualifications:

1)Strong record of success in developing and implementing flexible approaches or innovations amid changes in scholarly communication
2)Experience with the operations and goals of a regional comprehensive university and an academic library
3)Experience with tenure processes, especially mentoring faculty
4)Experience pursuing external funding through grants and/or private fundraising
5)Understanding of information technology as it relates to library services and instructional support.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Evaluation of Applications Begins: February 8, 2021

Proposed Job Start Date: July 01, 2021

A complete application includes:
•Letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position;
•current curriculum vitae;
•the names and contact information of a minimum of five references including job titles and institutions.

Please note: candidates who progress in the search will be contacted before the search committee contacts your references. At least one reference must be a current or former direct supervisor.

Applicants must apply and submit all application materials through WCU’s jobs application site.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Search Chair,
Dr. Carol Burton, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, at [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 3/31/2021
Application Due: 4/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time