Associate Dean for Academic Engagement

Associate Dean for Academic Engagement

The Carnegie Mellon University Libraries (Libraries) seeks an intellectually curious, talented, dynamic leader to oversee and provide strategic direction for its team of liaison librarians and the services they provide to the university community.

The Associate Dean for Academic Engagement (Associate Dean) will bring creativity and ingenuity to the challenge of coordinating the services and programs developed by members of library faculty who hold appointments as liaison librarians, to mentor those faculty, and to develop strong relationships with heads of academic departments, schools, and centers.

In addition to overseeing the Libraries’ team of 20 liaison librarians and information specialists, the Associate Dean will serve as a core member of the Dean of the University Libraries’ leadership team, sharing responsibility for organization-wide strategic and resource planning, organizational development, and leading new initiatives to develop and advance library staff and faculty, programs, and services, in advancing the academic mission of Carnegie Mellon University.

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is a global, research-intensive university with more than 14,000 students, more than 120,000 alumni, and approximately 5,000 faculty and staff. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked CMU #22 among national universities, #3 in terms of Most Innovative Schools, and many of its programs are among the top-ranked in the world. CMU is home to the country’s #1 ranked programs in computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, among others. In addition to highly ranked drama, arts, and music schools, CMU has the #7 engineering program, the #5 undergraduate business program, and is one of a small number of academic institutions in the nation boasting a fully-fledged Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). CMU’s confluence of scholarly excellence, robust federal and industry interface, and heritage of innovation has consistently placed it among the world’s most dynamic and impactful research institutions.

The history of the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries is a reflection of Carnegie Mellon’s history – pragmatic and entrepreneurial. The first libraries on campus were departmental libraries scattered across campus and tucked away in offices. As faculty and students realized a central library was needed, the various collections were moved into the Hut, a converted WWI canteen. During WWII, the library was moved back into repurposed offices. Finally, in 1961, thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hunt, the library moved into its first purpose-built library. The Hunt Library, located at the center of campus, serves undergraduate students and houses administrative offices. In addition to the Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon now also has two disciplinary libraries – Sorrells Engineering and Science Library and the Mellon Institute – as well as a library in Qatar.

Investment in the library is part of the University’s Strategic Plan 2025, which calls for the creation of “a 21st century library that serves as a cornerstone of world-class research and scholarship.”

Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, the Associate Dean for Academic Engagement will oversee and provide strategic direction for the Libraries’ 20 subject liaisons, members of the library faculty. The Associate Dean will mentor those faculty and develop connections and partnerships with the heads of academic departments, schools, and centers. As part of the senior administrative team within the Libraries, the Associate Dean will share in library-wide planning and policy development, contribute to the development of strategic initiatives, and play a key role in developing a shared vision for the Libraries’ future.

The ideal candidate to become the next Associate Dean for Academic Engagement will embody an energetic, creative, collaborative, and bold approach to working with library faculty and staff, and partnering with academic units. The next Associate Dean will hold an ALA-accredited degree or an international equivalent, or an advanced degree in a relevant field, as well as demonstrate effective leadership and management experience within an academic library setting.

As a faculty member of the CMU Libraries, the Associate Dean will continue to advance their own scholarship and publishing.

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Please send nominations, applications, and queries in confidence and electronically to:

Matthew Bunting, Managing Director
Storbeck Search

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