Dean of Library

The University of Tennessee at Martin
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Sep 21, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Tennessee at Martin enthusiastically invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of the Paul Meek Library, an executive position with faculty status.


About UT Martin


Located in rural northwest Tennessee, UT Martin is committed to broadening the horizons of its 7,000 students and positioning them for success—in fact, the campus’ motto is, “The Sky’s the Limit.”

UT Martin is a comprehensive campus with five colleges offering more than 100 academic areas of study within 18 undergraduate degree programs. The campus also offers five graduate degrees within 17 specialized concentrations.


Focused on providing access to higher education, UT Martin has more off-campus centers than any public four-year university in the state and is the UT System’s largest provider of online education. In addition, UT Martin has created partnerships with other UT campuses to provide roadmaps to professional degree programs, such as law and veterinary medicine at UT Knoxville and pharmacy at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis.


Ranked nationally as a “Top-20 University in the South” by U.S. News & World Report and as the “Best Southeastern University” by The Princeton Review, UT Martin is the place where dreams take flight.


About the Opportunity


The Dean is the chief academic officer of the library and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong leadership skills, exhibit a clear vision and commitment to librarianship in a University setting, articulate and advocate the strategic direction of the Library, provide sound fiscal management, and promote a collaborative environment within the Library, across campus, and throughout the community. The Dean will lead fundraising efforts to support the mission of the library, engaging existing donors and cultivating relationships with prospective donors. The successful candidate must have a record of effective academic leadership; a successful record of teaching and public service; and scholarly or creative accomplishments to justify a tenure-track appointment at the rank of professor.







Primary Responsibilities:


  • Advocates for the Library as the center of academic life on the campus and as a resource to the community and region.
  • Supports the University's strategic plan, core academic curriculum, and outreach for equitable access to resources, and promotes information literacy and librarianship within the campus community, region, and state.
  • Champions a culture of engagement and belonging by providing leadership in an environment that actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and possesses a deep commitment to these values and demonstrates action and accountability in advancing strategies to support them at all levels of the University.
  • Leads and coordinates library staff and faculty personnel in developing collections that support academic programs and promoting information literacy across the curriculum.
  • Leads fundraising and friend raising efforts for the library.
  • Provides support for the scholarly activity of faculty librarians.
  • Prepares, administers, and oversees the Library's budgets and endowments, with particular emphasis on collection development, faculty/staff development, and evolving technological needs.
  • Supports the University in all SACSCOC and other accreditation efforts.


Qualities and Qualifications 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent international accreditation is required.
  • Knowledge of all areas of an academic library.
  • Ability to manage complex budgets.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to raise funds from donors and friends of the library and develop new donor prospects.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies within the library environment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a teacher and scholar in a higher education institution.
  • Demonstrated contributions to the profession through scholarly publications.
  • Experience in researching, identifying, developing, and responding to public and private grant opportunities.
  • Leadership experience including the ability to provide motivation, inspiration, strategic vision, and work direction to diverse teams.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and appreciation for the faculty tenure and promotion process.
  • Demonstrates the ability to cultivate partnerships within a university community, region, and state.
  • Has experience with the accreditation process.

Demonstrates active participation in professional organizations, workshops, and/or conferences.



Compensation for the position will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits and much more. Additionally, Tennessee residents do not pay a state income tax. For more information on the University of Tennessee’s benefits, visit


About the Martin Community


The City of Martin features a revitalized historic downtown business district that includes restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The University and city understand the importance of each to the other’s success. Downtown Martin is the site of the annual Tennessee Soybean Festival, which attracts top entertainment and celebrates the area’s rich agricultural heritage. An active Town & Gown program helps foster a positive working relationship between the city and university bringing cultural activities, fine arts, academic speakers, and Division I athletics to the area. More about Martin and links to numerous related websites may be found at:


Application and Nomination Process


Review of applications will begin October 5, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.  To ensure full consideration, candidates must apply online and attach a cover letter that describes their interest in the position and addresses their qualifications, a resume or curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, and the names of three references by October 2.


Nominations and referrals should be sent to Ashlie Czyz, executive recruiter for the University of Tennessee, at


The University of Tennessee at Martin is an equal employment opportunity institution and does not discriminate based upon race, color, or national origin. The University's Office of Equity and Diversity has adopted a policy and procedures to provide students and employees, who feel that they have experienced discrimination but are uncertain as to whether a complaint is justified or whether they wish to initiate a formal complaint, the opportunity to discuss their concerns confidentially and informally with the Equity and Diversity Officer/Title VI Coordinator for prompt and equitable resolution of discrimination complaints.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee at Martin affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 544 University Street, #303, Martin, TN 38238, telephone 731-881-3505. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.