Institution

Texas Woman's University

Job Title

Director of the School of Library and Information Studies

Department/College

School of Library and Information Studies

Dates

Opening Date: 11/21/2022
Closing Date:  01/22/2023

Job Description

The School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director. The position may begin as early as July 2023. 

The Director position is a 12-month administrative appointment.

Job Duties

The Director will represent and advocate for all faculty, staff, students and programs within the school; manage departmental personnel, budget and resources; oversee program reviews; evaluate faculty and staff; oversee the course schedule, and provide leadership in the university, state, and region, thus promoting excellence in Library and Information Studies.

An academic, collaborative, and transparent leadership style, active participation or leadership within discipline relevant professional associations, appreciation for a multidisciplinary environment, and a commitment to excellence in online, graduate education are essential.

Experience/Qualifications/Knowledge/Skills

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Library and Information Science (or a closely related discipline), with a teaching, scholarship and service record appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of Full Professor
  • An established record of scholarship in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated intellectual contributions linked to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience working with historically underserved communities
  • Ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse student population
  • Commitment to support the university’s efforts to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a model for student success
  • A champion of the core values of librarianship who will advocate for the profession
  • Ability to cultivate and foster collaboration, innovation, and excellence in research. The ideal candidate will be capable of mentoring junior faculty and supporting faculty throughout all stages of their career in developing and maintaining strong research agendas
  • Experience with high-quality online degree delivery
  • Experience with national accreditation such as American Library Association (ALA)
  • Effective communication and positive academic leadership skills
  • Ability to support and nurture the collegiality of the department
  • Adherence to state rules and regulations for School Librarian certification in collaboration with the Educator Preparation Program.

Preference will be given to candidates who meet the requirements above AND one or more of the following:

  • Experience in higher education as a department chair, program coordinator, or comparable leadership position
  • Experience evaluating and mentoring faculty and managing other personnel
  • Success in securing and mentoring external funding

Supplemental Information

Texas Woman's University occupies a notable position in higher education as the nation's largest university system primarily for women, and is federally recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a diverse student-body. Established in 1901, and currently home to about 16,000 students, TWU is a public university which emphasizes the liberal arts and sciences as well as specialized and professional studies in business, nursing, health sciences, and education. The College of Professional Education is home to about 3,000 majors in Library and Information Studies; Human Development, Family Studies, & Counseling; Teacher Education; and Literacy & Learning. The College is organized around the themes of children, families, and communities.

TWU operates three campuses: Houston, Dallas, and Denton. SLIS operates on the main campus in Denton. The City of Denton has a population of 140,000 and is home to two universities, an active music scene, family friendly events and festivals, unique restaurants, and the historic Downtown Square. Denton is located just 40 miles north of the Dallas/Fort Worth city centers. This metroplex, the nation's fourth largest urban center, has world-class museums, orchestras, opera, ballet, theater companies, as well as an array of professional and collegiate sports venues.

TWU prides itself on providing students with a well-rounded educational experience focused on service, integrity, and health and well-being. Respect for diversity in all dimensions (currently ranked 5th in the nation for diversity) and a safe campus environment (Texas Woman's is among the safest campuses in the nation) are among the hallmarks of a TWU education. TWU faculty and staff are passionate defenders of a "learn by doing" experiential learning environment where they provide students with opportunities to engage in campus, workplace, and community activities that can help shape their sense of purpose, their appreciation for the importance of building quality personal and professional relationships, and their ability to address life's challenges. This holistic, mentoring approach to developing students as engaged, productive citizens in the complex world of the 21st Century encompasses understanding of the balance of health, spiritual and mental well-being.

Additional information about the University is available at http://www.twu.edu.

How to Apply

The following application materials should be sent to [email protected] (and include IRC48256 on the subject line of the email):

  • Letter of application addressing the qualifications and desired attributes;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of five references