Position's Functional Title
Department Chair University Library
Position Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
TThe University Library of Governors State University is inviting
applicants for the newly created position of Department Chair of
the University Library at the rank of Associate Professor or
Professor. The position is a 12-month appointment and reports to
the Dean of the University Library.
The chair, working with the dean, is responsible for faculty and
staff evaluations, collaborative work with the other academic units
and assists the dean in overseeing a $2 million budget. The chair
will oversee the librarians, including the head of Technical and
Public services. The chair will also work with the dean in planning
for the future, revitalizing and modernizing the informational
holdings (both physical and digital) and work on planning as needed
for the proposed new library building.
Additionally, the Department Chair will work with the Dean on the
hiring and evaluation processes for tenure-track and
non-tenure-track faculty; resolving conflicts informally and
formally; resolving student concerns; and representing the Library
and Dean’s Office internally and externally. The Department Chair
has the primary responsibility for providing curricular and
instructional leadership and for coordinating the academic
resources of the library and expanding the scholarship and funding
A new library building is currently the number one priority in the
recently approved facilities Master Plan for the University. In the
meantime the successful candidate will assist in our plans to
develop a separate library spaces for the College of Business,
College of Education, and College of Health and Human Services
within the current physical layout of the library.
We are looking for visionary, enthusiastic, and dedicated
candidates who will commit to the library mission here of,
“Enhancing Education Through Research.”
Set amongst 750 acres of prairie, GSU is located 40 miles south of
Chicago and is proud to offer the lowest tuition of any four-year,
public university in Illinois. The university faculty,
administration and staff are committed to providing a quality
education, embracing diversity and serving students with
- Masters of Library and Information Science from an ALA
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or related field, ABD will be
considered; or an MA or MBA in a business related field.
- Record of scholarship (writing and grants).
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Excellent inter-personal and collaborative skills.
- Preference will be given to candidates who are bilingual with
both speaking, reading-writing skills.
- Experience with budgets.
- Demonstrated success in personnel management of faculty and
staff in a highly regulated environment.
- Working knowledge of OER .
Open Until Filled
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Special Instructions to Applicants
- Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Review of
materials will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled.
- Please include a list of at least three (3) professional
references with current contact information.
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- List of Three Professional References
- Letter of Recommendation