Dean of Libraries and Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor for Library and Information

Position Title Dean of Libraries and Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor for Library and Information Studies Position Number 026071 Department Library - 275000 Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Qualifications for this position are as follows:

  • An ALA -accredited master’s degree in library or information science or its international equivalent.
  • Significant and progressive academic library management and leadership experience.
  • A demonstrated and steadfast interest in and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • A record of scholarly activity meeting requirements for the rank of full professor.
License/Certification Required


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The University seeks an experienced, energetic, and strategically minded library leader and engaging library advocate. Successful candidates will have demonstrated interests in and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; the values and skills to support collaborative and collegial governance within and beyond the Libraries; and the vision and abilities to balance traditional library values and services with the fast-moving innovations and transformations of university libraries in the 21st century. The Dean leads a large and highly accomplished library faculty and staff committed to service, teaching, and scholarship, and serves the broader university and community as a member of the Dean’s Council and Provost’s Council.

The Belk Library and Information Commons, which opened in 2005, is distinctive for its beautiful design and popularity with students. The Libraries at Appalachian—Belk Library and the Nicholas Erneston Music Library—play central roles in our campus and distance-learning communities, seeking to broaden students’ learning experiences; encourage and support student and faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity at all levels; deepen campus engagement with the community and world; and sustain and improve an effective organization to meet current and future information needs.

The Libraries feature outstanding physical and e-resource collections, including nearly 1 million volumes, a large Instructional Materials Center, and special collections such as the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Stock Car Racing Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts Collections, and University Archives and Records. The Libraries also offer an information and digital literacy program that is fully integrated into the university curriculum at all levels, and one-on-one research consultations for students and faculty. Technology is one of the keys to the Libraries, with hundreds of desktop and laptop computers for campus use, multiple e­-learning projects and initiatives, and a state-of-the-art Digital Media Studio.

The Libraries employ 84 faculty and staff, including 28 tenured or tenure-track faculty members and 48 professional staff members. The Libraries are also one of the largest employers of students on campus, with currently 98 student employees.

Additional information about the Library can be found here .

Suggested Salary Range Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of professional position within a university.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete application consists of the following:

  • Letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position;
  • current curriculum vitae;
  • a one- to two-page account of your interest in, commitment to, and experience supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion; and
  • the names of five references with their job titles, institutions, and contact information.

Please note: we will seek your approval before we get in touch with your references at the semi-finalist stage of the application process.

Applicants must apply and submit all application materials through Appalachian State’s Job Site .

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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