Dean of the School of Library and Information Science





Wayne State University is seeking as dean of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) a dynamic individual with outstanding leadership and administrative skills and a strong commitment to collaboration, innovation and service to help define, articulate, plan and promote all areas of the Wayne State University Library System (WSULS). Reporting to the provost, the dean will work closely with all academic and administrative units of the university to advance a forward-thinking vision for the WSULS and SLIS and to promote their role as valued campus partners in the teaching, learning and research enterprise.

During a time of rapid change and innovation, the WSULS and SLIS are well positioned to elevate their national reputation of demonstrated outstanding research, teaching and learning. Wayne State University seeks a dean who will energetically continue this upward trajectory by building on strengths to increase the presence and participation of WSULS and SLIS in local, regional, national and international communities.

Essential Functions

University Libraries and Archives: Partner with deans, faculty, students and staff in developing and administering library and archive resources and services; collaborate with scholars and researchers both within and outside of the university; manage a budget of over $25 million while working to develop innovative ways to improve the fiscal resource base; work with campus community to engage in the innovative use of physical library and archive facilities; maintain these facilities in the best way possible for the use of all members of the campus community; partner with staff to provide a collaborative, innovative environment while providing professional development opportunities for all; work with campus partners, enhance faculty teaching and student learning experiences through the creative and innovative application of classroom technology; partner with University Development and Alumni Affairs to engage in philanthropic activity to increase the level of funding raised through philanthropy.

School of Library and Information Science: Collaborate with the associate dean of SLIS and faculty to support an innovative curriculum while enhancing the online master’s program and enrollment management functions, including recruitment; support the development of new degree programming; support the professional growth and advancement of tenured, tenure track, and adjunct faculty and academic staff; oversee the $2.5 million SLIS budget; partner with faculty to increase the number of research awards and grants in SLIS; work with SLIS stakeholders to maintain ALA accreditation.

Qualifications: Earned doctorate and extensive record of scholarly achievement in library and information science or a related field; national and international stature in the library profession; significant involvement in graduate education with qualifications for tenure at the rank of full or associate professor; commitment to the mission of an urban university and to the promotion of diversity and multiculturalism among faculty, students and staff; dedication to excellence in scholarship and teaching; knowledge of higher education trends and a vision of educating future information professionals in an evolving marketplace, including collaborations with other disciplines; proven ability in academic leadership and administration; commitment to shared governance and a collaborative approach to working with other schools and colleges; established commitment to open decision making and a consultative management style; ability to create and maintain a close working relationship with central university administration and all other units within the university; ability to develop and maintain relationships with alumni, citizens and stakeholders in the Detroit community and beyond; demonstrated financial management and budgeting skills; ability to advance the WSULS and SLIS through fundraising and development efforts; ability to advance the university’s 2016-21 strategic plan, Distinctively

Wayne State University; and support efforts toward completion of the university’s $750 million capital campaign goal, including $187.5 million in new endowment funds.

University Library System: The Wayne State University Library System consists of the university’s five libraries (The David Adamany Undergraduate Library, Purdy/Kresge Library, Arthur Neef Law Library, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library and its Learning Resource Center at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs), the School of Library and Information Science, and the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET). For more information, please visit

Application Procedure: Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations for the position should be sent by email to Jerry Herron, Search Chair, at To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by April 1, 2017. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2017. Please direct any questions to Jerry Herron, Search Chair, by email at

Applications for the position must be submitted via the university’s online application system. Please visit to view the complete job posting and submit an online application. Refer to posting # 042596. Applications should include a cover letter and CV.

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. WSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.