Director of the School of Information



The School of Information at San José State University is recruiting for a Director. The successful applicant will be appointed at Professor rank. The School of Information delivers all degrees and certificates 100% online. It offers three master’s degrees: Library and Information Science (MLIS) [Accredited by the American Library Association], Archives and Records Administration (MARA), and an MS in Informatics; two certificate programs: Advanced Certificate in Digital Assets and Services, and Post Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science; and one credential program: Teacher Librarian Credential program [Accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing]. The School educates more than 2000 online graduate students. Starting in Fall 2021 the School will offer an online BS in Information Science and Data Analytics. More information can be found on the School’s website

Required Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate.
  • A record of scholarly and professional achievement sufficient for appointment as a tenured full professor.
  • Evidence of commitment to 100% online learning.
  • Comfort with working with a geographically-distributed faculty and staff using email, web conferencing, instant messaging, and other tools.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.



Preferred Qualifications

  • Successful record of administrative and financial leadership including strategic planning, budgeting, student success, and assessment experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a collegial organizational climate based upon service, transparency, and teamwork.
  • Involvement in professional associations at the local, national and international levels.



Responsibilities

  • Continue to position the School of Information at San José State University as a global leader in the 100% online delivery of education for the information professions.
  • Ensure continued American Library Association accreditation and re-accreditation of the MLIS program.
  • Provide leadership in strategic planning, future program growth, student success, and assessment to ensure that current and future directions are articulated with clear goals and key success factors.
  • Lead and foster the development and recognition of faculty through recruitment, appointments, and equitable promotion and tenure processes.
  • Lead the development of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research activity and stimulate growth in funded research.
  • Serve as a strong advocate for the School’s interests within the College and the University.
  • Take a leadership role in professional associations at the local, national, and international level.
  • Lead the development of new and entrepreneurial online learning models and programs.
  • Demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
  • Participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments.



Compensation - Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date – August 1st 2021

Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest addressing the qualifications and responsibilities outlined above.
  • curriculum vitae.
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy.
  • research plans.
  • three references with contact information.


For full consideration, please apply by May 10th 2021.

Inquires may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Linda Main - Linda.Main@sjsu.edu

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Advertised: January 26, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
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