Associate Dean for Academic Engagement

Towson, MD
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Salary: 122,000 starting salary
Created: April 19, 2024


Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University is looking for an engaged leader with vision for future public-facing services that support student success to become our Associate Dean of Academic Engagement. Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, this position provides vision and leadership in creating and managing unified research, instruction, and access services in the library. This position embeds student success priorities in all public-facing services, especially to reduce barriers for transfer, first-generation, international students, students on probation, and traditionally underrepresented student populations. This position manages the library’s research, instruction, and access services units that are responsible for library student success initiatives; research, reference and information assistance; teaching and instruction programs; circulation, reserves and stacks maintenance functions. This position collaborates with other library and university departments to plan and deliver user-centered services that integrate the library more fully into the research and instructional programs of the university with consideration of campus student success initiatives. The Associate Dean for Academic Engagement is a member of the Library Leadership Council; participates in strategic planning policy making and implementation, and decision-making for the Library; manages various projects; serves as library's liaison to university offices including Facilities Management and University Police.

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This is an exciting time at Towson University, a majority-minority campus with aspirations to become a R2 Carnegie-classified high research activity institution. The library is on an upward trajectory, having grown number of staff and faculty by 8% alongside a 4% collections increase over the last two years. We recently won the 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. We are very committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives and expect a new associate dean to have these deep commitments as well. We recently launched our Academic Commons in a newly remodeled space on the main floor of the library. This is a shared initiative between the library, Academic Advising, Retention and Completion, a satellite of Accessibility and Disability Services including the Testing Center, the Tutoring and Learning Center, the Writing Center, and Tech Services for students from our Office of Technology Services.


Published: Thursday, April 25, 2024 08:04 UTC

Last updated: Thursday, April 25, 2024 08:04 UTC