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Dean of Library

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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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:

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Jessica Herrington and Cathryn Davis

The 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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UT at Chattanooga


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community.

Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system.

Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence — boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities.

The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Thank you for your interest in taking part in our journey to engage students, inspire change and enrich community.

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We’ve only just begun.

UTC at a Glance

  • UTC is composed of five colleges: Arts and Sciences; Business; Engineering and Computer Science; Health, Education, and Professional Studies; and the Honors College.
  • We offer 101 undergraduate, 47 master’s, 6 doctoral programs, 36 certificate programs and 4 specialist degree programs.
  • The University Library holds more than 1.8 million books and federal and state documents.
  • UTC is proud to be the home of the Mocs! As a member of the Southern Conference, our student-athletes compete in 17 sports in Division I, earning multiple conference championships and earning post-season play in many sports. Approximately 157 student athletes are listed on the honor roll and have a record high average GPA of 3.1.
  • The average High School GPA for UTC’s incoming freshmen is 3.48—the highest it’s been in 20 years.UT at Chattanooga bldg 2
  • UTC has 11,388 total students (Fall 2015).
  • UTC Average ACT is 23.4; Tennessee Mean ACT is 19.8; National Mean ACT is 21.0.
  • Less than 10% of the total student population are from outside Tennessee. Fifty-six percent of students are female and 25% represent ethnic minorities. UTC has students on campus from 35 different countries.
  • Of UTC’s full-time faculty, 47% are women, 90% percent hold a terminal degree, and 18% represent ethnic minorities. UTC has over 56,000 alumni on record.
  • Outside of Tennessee, UTC has its largest concentrations of alumni in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina.
  • UTC is a public university with state appropriations comprising less than 20 percent of its budget.
  • The University of Chattanooga Foundation endowment was $121 million as of June 30, 2015 with 26% representing academic support, 25% scholarship support, 37% unrestricted support, 11% for professorship support and 1% faculty development.
  • UTC faculty members conduct high-impact research in science and engineering, health and wellness, social sciences, education, and the arts.
  • UTC engages undergraduate and graduate students in most research efforts, which provides them with practical real-world experiences that help them succeed in their chosen fields.
  • UTC earned the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement University Designation in recognition for involvement with the community.
  • Ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the Top Tier of Southern Regional Master’s Universities.
  • Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal honor a university can receive for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.
  • Named a 2015 College of Distinction for student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.UTC was one of the College Choice 2016 Top 50 Disability Friendly Colleges and Universities.
  • A recent construction boom of more than $300 million on campus, including a new $48 million state-of-the-art library.
  • UTC enjoys a close relationship with the City of Chattanooga, which now ranks third among the 150 largest U.S. cities for growth in the Hispanic population. 

About Chattanooga:

UT at Chattanooga studentChattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area.Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront.

Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga.

Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  

People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement.   

Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

Join the UTC team today!

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