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Associate Dean for Research, Access, and Open Education

Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 8, 2024

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Position Title

Associate Dean for Research, Access, and Open Education

About this Opportunity

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!

Our Statement on Inclusiveness

At Ball State University, inclusiveness is one of the enduring values and informs all of our work. We define ‘inclusiveness’ as a commitment ‘to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.’ As such, this value incorporates a commitment to inclusive excellence and freedom of expression.

Benefits and Community

Ball State University offers an excellent benefits package for eligible positions. Click here to explore options.
  • Affordable Healthcare

  • Retirement

  • Tuition Remission (For eligible employees, their dependents, and spouse)

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Professional Development

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Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

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 Experience

Evidence of increasingly responsible library experience in an academic library, including experience at administrative or upper-management level; demonstrated skills in planning, managing, and evaluating programs and services; supervisory experience.

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.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

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

Preferred Experience

Preferred Other

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

Director of Research and Branch Services, Director of Archives and Special Collections, Head of Access Services and Open Education, Administrative Coordinator to Associate Dean for Research, Access, and Open Education

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EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 270+ undergraduate and graduate programs. Many of our master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees rank among the best in the nation. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.

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Department Information

Minimum pay range is $110,000

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Promote, measure, and assess the delivery of high-quality customer services from all units within Research, Access, and Open Education ( RAOE ) to the university community; identify, develop and implement new services and initiatives.



Job Duty

Gather and analyze data to develop recommendations and solutions for the improvement and/or implementation of RAOE systems, procedures, and organizational improvement.



Job Duty

Assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations in all areas related to supervision, including but not limited to interviewing and selection, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, and training and career development of personnel.



Job Duty

Implement and monitor policies and procedures within RAOE, making recommendations for change when necessary.



Job Duty

Serve on Libraries Senior Management Group to advise and provide recommendations for the University Libraries’ strategic direction, short- and long-range planning, budgeting, acquisitions, strategic communications, policy development, and other similar administrative matters.



Job Duty

Provide strategic and collaborative leadership for inter-unit task forces and committees; facilitate and support communities of practice to advance library initiatives, projects, and priorities.



Job Duty

Actively participate in and positively contribute to the activities of the Libraries, university, and profession through such opportunities as related professional organizations, presentations, committee service, publication, etc.; keep abreast of professional literature and scholarly developments in areas of administrative responsibility and pursue opportunities for relevant professional development and continuous learning.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

Information for Applications Requiring a Cover Letter

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.’

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts
  2. Master's Transcripts


Ball State

Founded in 1918 in Muncie, Indiana, the public research university has grown to more than 22500 students

Spirited and motivated, we learn, grow, and take flight. Our faculty and staff—everyone in our community—embrace students as learning partners from day one. In classrooms and labs, in immersive learning projects, on the sports fields—with creativity and determination—Cardinals Fly. We are grounded in our values, lifted by our knowledge, and go confidently upward toward ever greater opportunities. Ours is a simple promise: to challenge each other to excel. And with Beneficence as our guide—We Fly.


We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world. We are excited that you want to join us in these endeavors!

The university offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, and generous time off with pay. 

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