Wayne State University

Job Title

Associate Dean


School of Information Sciences


Opening Date: 02/20/2024
Closing Date:  05/20/2024

Job Description

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Associate Dean, School of Information Sciences (SIS) at its Detroit campus location. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Information Sciences and the Wayne State University Library System (ULS), this is a unique leadership opportunity for an experienced, nationally recognized leader to help grow the school and to provide oversight for its academic programs. It is also an exciting time at Wayne State University, which is Michigan's premier urban research university located in the Cultural Center and Midtown, the epicenter of Detroit's renaissance. Wayne State University has a strong urban commitment and has 29,000 full and part-time students.

Job Duties

The Associate Dean oversees the management of the School of Information Sciences. This includes management of the school’s budget, oversight of enrollment management functions, and enhancement of the school’s resources through enrollment growth, fundraising, and grant seeking. The Associate Dean will be responsible for organizational development, including the advancement of inclusive excellence. The Associate Dean will provide leadership in outreach efforts, foster excellence in teaching and research, including the innovative use of technology and interdisciplinary collaborations. The Associate Dean is responsible for maintaining a culture of transparent decision-making and shared governance. The Associate Dean is responsible for leading all planning and accreditation efforts and teaches one class per year in either fall or winter semesters.


  • Earned doctorate in LIS/IS or a related field.
  • Demonstrated record of achievement necessary for appointment at the rank of Full Professor with tenure. Recent administrative experience in an information school or other academic unit.
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance.
  • Demonstrated achievement in inclusive excellence.
  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work in teams, and ability to work across organizational boundaries to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the service role of an urban institution.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and growing academic programs.
  • Demonstrated experience with budget management.

Supplemental Information

The School of Information Sciences (SIS) is home to two master's degrees: a master's in Library and Information Science (LIS) that is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA); and a new master's in Information Science (IS). SIS can trace its origins to 1918 and has been continuously accredited by ALA since 1967. As a leader in online graduate programs in the country, the School is an exemplar of exceptional online instruction at Wayne State University. Faculty research and teaching span numerous specialties including: Public Libraries, School Libraries, Academic Libraries, Services to Children and Young Adults, Health Informatics, Data Analytics, Archives, Human Computer Interaction, and Web Architecture. The School is a member of the iSchools consortium with a large student enrollment of students from more than 40 states as well as Washington, D.C., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. For more information about the School of Information Sciences, please visit our website at Along with the Dean of ULS and the SIS faculty, the successful candidate will lead the School as we build on existing strengths and create an exciting, sustainable vision for the School's degree programs. The Associate Dean will influence library leadership as a member of the Dean's Leadership Council, build strong working relationships with campus departments, facilitate new collaborations, expand joint programs with other colleges, and develop entrepreneurial ideas that support services which benefit both units as well as the university.