University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Dean of the Library
At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), a passion for excellence is embraced as the University changes lives and transforms communities. Within this context of innovation and opportunity, UTC is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Library.
UTC was founded in 1886, and today it is a national model for metropolitan universities. In collaboration with the University's many regional partners, UTC offers an experiential learning environment with outstanding teaching scholars in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. UTC is part of the University of Tennessee System and serves a diverse student body of nearly 11,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The four academic colleges and the Graduate School offer 47 baccalaureate degrees with 128 program concentrations; 24 graduate certificate programs; 23 master's programs with 48 program concentrations; six doctoral degrees with seven program concentrations; and an education specialist program with three program concentrations. The University's 2025 Strategic Plan underscores the imperative to communicate assertively and effectively within a dynamic higher education environment, setting forth the vision to allow UTC to continue to adapt and thrive, now and into the future.
Nestled between the foothills of southern Appalachia and the Cumberland Plateau, Chattanooga is an outdoor lover's playground where celebrated climbing, hiking, biking, and paddling abound. The Tennessee Riverwalk, Innovation District, events at Miller Park and Plaza, and the Bluff View Arts District are just steps from campus. Chattanooga's renaissance has received international acclaim. Outside
magazine named Chattanooga the Best Town Ever
— twice — and the city has received accolades from The New York Times, Fortune, Lonely Planet
, and Southern Living
In January 2015, UTC opened a new, five-story 180,000 square foot library. The Library staff comprises 26 faculty librarians and 18.5 staff members, operates on an annual budget of just over $4 million, and possesses collection holdings of more than 500,000 volumes, over 2,500 active journal subscriptions, 150 databases, and more than 28,000 accessible online journals. The Library provides an information commons with 60+ public computers, 38 group study rooms, a media studio, three library instruction classrooms, a writing center, a cafe, and a 24-hour study space. The Library delivers a comprehensive range of public services, including outreach, instruction, and consultation and is well equipped to support the research and scholarship needs of the UTC community. Faculty and staff of the UTC Library are committed tomeeting the UTC mission and upholding UTC's core values
through their work and the services they provide to their community.
The Library Dean serves as the Library's chief administrative officer with overall responsibility for collection development and management; library services; budget and planning; application of emerging information technologies; personnel; fundraising; and external cooperative efforts. Reporting to the provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, the dean acts as the official representative, advocate, and intellectual leader of the Library and serves as a partner to other deans and UTC community members. The dean is assisted administratively by two department heads, one for Collection Services and one for Research and Public Services. Together they form the Library's Administrative Council.
The dean of the UTC Library will be a visionary leader who collaborates with faculty members, students, and staff on and off campus. They will possess academic, administrative, budgetary, communication, and collaborative leadership skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to supporting inclusion, belonging and student success.A distinguished record of librarianship, scholarly achievement, and professional accomplishments commensurate with an appointment of Faculty Librarian is required. More information on tenure requirements can be found here
WittKieffer is assisting University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 29, 2024
Application materials should be to: UTCLibraryDean@wittkieffer.com
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Jessica Herrington and Cathryn DavisUTCLibraryDean@wittkieffer.comThe University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.
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