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Associate Dean for Research, Ball State University, Muncie, IN


The Ball State University Libraries is looking for a talented collaborator and experienced administrator to join our committed and highly-engaged team as Associate Dean for Research, Access, and Open Education. Providing strategic leadership to the Director of Research and Branch Services, the Director of Archives and Special Collections, and the Head of Access Services and Open Education, the Associate Dean has a unique opportunity to combine creativity and systems thinking to advance library initiatives and priorities with a direct impact on student learning, faculty excellence, and community engagement. The role will be responsible for advancing a culture of innovation and inclusion across the Libraries, which are recognized for providing friendly expertise, rich scholarly and archival collections, an array of study environments, and access to the latest learning technologies. If you are attracted by the potential of this important role and are ready to join us in advancing our mission to create a transformative experience for diverse communities of learners, we invite you to consider applying today!

Position Function

Strategically direct (planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, controlling, problem-solving), develop, and evaluate programs and activities, including supervision and coordination of the work of Research, Access, and Open Education professionals and support personnel; cultivate and develop a culture of user-centered innovation and alignment across units of responsibility; serve as a member of the Dean’s senior management and advise on issues of the University Libraries’ programs, services, policies, and collections; support an inclusive, diverse, and collaborative work environment and service culture to advance the strategic direction of the University Libraries.

Minimum Education

MLS/MLIS/MIS degree from an ALA accredited program by date of appointment.

Minimum Other

Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work some evenings and/or weekends; strong interpersonal skills; working knowledge of basic Microsoft Office applications.

Preferred Education

Earned doctorate in library or information science or an academic discipline, or similar other advanced degree.

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In support of your application for this position, please prepare and submit a cover letter that describes how your qualifications and experiences align with the elements of the position description (or leadership profile). In your cover letter, please also describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to our University’s enduring values, including inclusiveness, which we define as a commitment ‘to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.’