Department: Hamersly Library and Center for Academic Innovation
Recruitment #: S1894
Closing Date: Review begins February 15, 2018. Position open until filled
This is a full-time, 12-month, annually renewable, unclassified position in the Library and the Center for Academic Innovation at Western Oregon University (WOU) in Monmouth. Western Oregon University (WOU) seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and transformational leader to serve as the Dean of Library and Academic Innovation and help us meet the challenges of a 21st century learning environment. This is an administrative position and the Dean of Library and Academic Innovation reports to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. This is an exciting time at Western Oregon University as Hamersly Library and the Center for Academic Innovation merge to continue to help students, faculty, and staff achieve success through transformative education and personalized support.
The Dean will have the responsibility of overseeing the library's ongoing stewardship of information resources, providing access to 225,000 volumes and nearly 1,200 periodical subscriptions, as well as a wide range of online resources. Employees include nine full-time staff members and nine faculty librarians. The library also houses computer instruction classrooms, tutoring centers, archives, a learning commons, the Digital Media Center, a coffee shop, and a 24 hour student lounge.
Academic Technology and Innovation
As WOU seeks to increase its online, hybrid and technologically enhanced course offerings, this unit will play a critical role in providing training and instructional design support that will maximize the quality of instruction, pedagogical best practices for those courses. The Center for Academic Innovation will also provide high-quality, timely, innovative professional development to support all instruction at WOU.
Desired Attributes and Personal Qualities
WOU is looking for a Dean of Library and Academic Innovation who embodies the following attributes and personal qualities:
Attentive to the WOU campus; provides practical leadership and collaboration on campus (e.g., engage when campus starts new initiatives, articulate where the Library and Center for Academic Innovation fits in and where we need resources to help programs succeed).
Demonstrates commitment to diversity in serving the WOU campus; is aware of and committed to issues of equality and equity appropriate to WOU (e.g., understanding financial characteristics of WOU students, the digital divide, first generation college students).
Promotes a positive and engaged work environment that is respectful of employees, with equitable support for employee development in order to grow the Hamersly Library and Center for Academic Innovation unit.
Commitment to transparency in budgetary issues and thought processes in making decisions.
Accessible with an inclination to maintain an open-door policy and a willingness to listen to various voices within the Library and the Center for Academic Innovation.
Evidence of active participation in professional development, professional associations, and public service.
Master Degree in Library Science, Instructional Design or related field
Experience supporting online, hybrid and technology enhanced instruction
Evidence of progressively responsible administrative experience in an academic library or unit devoted to academic technology (e.g., online learning, e-learning, instructional technology)
Advanced project management and organizational skills, including the ability to execute on a number of diverse projects simultaneously while managing details and meeting deadlines
Experience with strategic planning, outcomes development, and assessment
Prior experience with administrative, fiscal, and personnel management
Understanding of 21st century technologies, trends, and challenges for academic libraries and educational environments
Understanding of pedagogy in both traditional and online education, including the use of technology for distance delivery of programs or courses
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
Master’s Degree in Library Science
Demonstrated success in leading, implementing, and evaluating innovative professional development programs
Demonstrated record of successful grant writing
Familiarity with academic promotion and tenure process
Actively engaged in scholarly activities related to libraries, academic technology, or academic innovation
**A criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment
We are not considering candidates who require Visa sponsorship support. Additionally, the Universitytypically only considers visa support for employees placed in specialized positions that are continuing regular University appointments.