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Message from the Dean


Thank you for your interest in our Associate Dean position. Making a move into a new leadership is a big step and we at ETSU want to give you as much information as possible with the hopes that it can assist you in this process.  

This position, Associate Dean for Services, Collections, and Technology, is a new position for our library and university. As envisioned and advertised, they will serve as the ‘chief operating officer’ for the Sherrod Library. This broad portfolio brings together a team of accomplished librarians and professionals who currently manage the daily operations and planning for collections, technology, and public services. This new position would contribute by leading and mentoring members of their division. For a more detailed outline of this portfolio, please review our organizational chart.  

At Sherrod, employees at all levels contribute to our operations and planning. One group, our Library Management Group, is comprised of faculty and staff who collectively serve as the central planning and operations management group.  Our Associate Dean would join this and other operational groups charged with running our library.  

The Associate Dean would also join me in administration as I manage my portfolio of human resources, facilities, budget and procurement, communications, campus and community outreach, strategic planning and assessment, and fund-raising.  

While we at the Sherrod Library have accomplished much in critical areas of librarianship such as open education resources, student outreach/peer-mentoring, collections assessments, and online systems and services, we have much to do.  

Some initiatives underway include reworking our strategic planning process from the ground up, integrating equity and inclusion into our planning, programming and services, reimagining our librarian-liaison program, investigating statewide partnerships for library systems, and preparing to launch a strategic library space planning initiative as part of our campus master planning process.  

There is plenty of work to go around. We have our challenges and our opportunities. I endeavor to match library colleagues’ talents with our programmatic needs.  

At Sherrod, we work hard to make a difference in a university that is working hard to make a difference in our region. If this opportunity interests you, I hope you would consider joining us at ETSU.  

If you have any questions or comments about this position and our library, please let us know. 

Be well,

David P. Atkins
Dean of University Libraries

Associate Dean for Services, Technologies, and Collections

Sherrod Library

Rank: Associate Professor or Professor, Tenure-Track 

Salary: $90,000, starting 

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) seeks candidates to fill a new leadership position: Associate Dean for Services, Technologies, and Collections for the Charles C. Sherrod Library. The Associate Dean contributes as a senior leader and as part of a collaborative team comprised of library administration, faculty, and staff. The Associate Dean shapes and leads strategic initiatives and programs across a diverse and dynamic portfolio including research support, instruction, collections, and technology. The Associate Dean will strengthen existing programs and will lead the way in developing new and re-imagined programs, services, and partnerships.  

In parallel to the ETSU’s reimagining of the university’s strategic direction, the Sherrod Library’s recently launched a strategic planning and assessment initiative involving all library faculty and staff and including partners from across ETSU’s colleges and administration. The person in this position will help create new visions for services, technologies, personnel, and spaces.  

About the Job

Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, this position focuses on vision, team-building, organization, and planning. This position will also direct, mentor, and support the faculty and staff responsible for the Sherrod Library’s services and collections. The Associate Dean for Services, Technologies, and Collections will lead the library departments of Research & Instructional Services and Technology & Content Services, comprised of 25 FTE (faculty and staff). The Associate Dean directly supervises five faculty and one professional staff, each of whom serves as an operations director or coordinator. The portfolio includes oversight of the library’s $1.5 million collections and $360,000 technologies budgets.   

Duties and Responsibiltiies

  • Establish vision, goals and assessment criteria for all areas in collaboration with supervisors, the Library Management Group, and other library and university constituencies 

  • Support experimentation to evaluate new processes and technologies to improve services 

  • Engage in an active program of professional development, scholarship and professional service appropriate for the academic assignment, faculty tenure, and promotion in rank  

  • Serve on requisite operational committees and working groups such as the Library Management Group and the Library Budget Advisory Group 

  • Lead and supervise division personnel: Evaluate performance; encourage and support professional development, job growth, mentorship, and teamwork 

  • Oversee strategic and operational budget planning involving collections and technologies 

  • Maintain effective working relationships with internal and external personnel at all levels 

  • Maintain knowledge of current trends in higher education, information technology and academic libraries 

  • Engage in an active program of professional development, scholarship and professional service appropriate for the academic assignment, faculty tenure, and promotion in rank  

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited program or a terminal degree in a comparable field from an accredited institution 

  • Minimum of five years managerial and supervisory experience of faculty librarians or professional library staff 

  • Demonstrable experience leading, developing, and assessing significant and effective public services, technical services, or technology initiatives in academic library settings 

  • Demonstrable managerial and interpersonal skills devoted to collaboration and teambuilding  

  • Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 

  • Recognition of emerging trends and future challenges facing academic research libraries 

  • Evidence of ability to satisfy library and university standards for tenure and promotion, including scholarly activities and professional service 

To Apply

The application deadline of 4/22/2022 has passed and we are no longer accepting applications at this time.

Required Documents

  1. Cover letter addressing how the candidate meets the qualifications
  2. Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Philosophy of Leadership

Optional Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Media File
  3. Portfolio
  4. Certifications
  5. Vision Statement

Nominations and Inquiries

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to the search committee chair at