Associate Dean of Libraries for Administration and Operations and Associate Professor or Professor

Savannah, Georgia, United States
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Created: May 25, 2024


Associate Dean of Libraries for Administration and Operations and Associate Professor or Professor

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Georgia Southern - Savannah

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About Us

Join Our Team at Georgia Southern!

Georgia Southern is a dynamic university with three vibrant campuses in Hinesville, Savannah and Statesboro serving the communities in Southeast Georgia. As a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution, our world-class scholars instruct about 26,000 students in associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral level degree programs. Whether you are seeking the charm of a small town, the traditions of a historical/urban destination near the beach or supporting our military service members and their families, Georgia Southern offers its faculty and staff the best of all worlds!

Beyond an ideal location, there is a place for you to work in an exciting environment abounding with opportunities for personal and professional growth. We are steeped in tradition and devoted to academic distinction in teaching, scholarship and service. In 2018 Forbes Magazine listed Georgia Southern, along with 10 other Georgia companies or institutions, as one of America's Best Midsize Employers. Georgia Southern University is passionate about serving our region while preparing our students to be lifelong scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities and the world.

To learn more about Georgia Southern's Vision, Mission and Values please click here:


Armstrong Campus
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419



Department Information

The University Libraries support Georgia Southern University¿s mission by providing access to information, collections, and services designed to meet the scholarly needs of the University and its diverse community. The Libraries advance independent lifelong learning, information literacy, intellectual and creative discovery, and student success. We foster a welcoming and innovative learning environment, both physically and virtually, for research, collaboration, and preservation of resources.


Job Summary

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Associate Dean for Administration and Operations is responsible for assisting with planning and operations and ensuring that the Georgia Southern Libraries engage in continuous, data-informed improvement in support of the Libraries and University strategic plans. Along with the Associate Dean for Research & Assessment, the Associate Dean for Administration and Operations  assists the Dean in gathering data and writing reports. The Associate Dean for Administration and Operations, the Associate Dean for Research and Assessment,and the library department heads comprise the Dean¿s Advisory Council. 


Anticipated Workload: Librarianship 80%, Scholarship 10%, and Service 10%


Essential Functions:

Works in collaboration with the Dean of Libraries and the Associate Dean of Libraries for Research and Assessment to develop proactive, intentional strategies to stay abreast of user needs.

Promotes and encourages commitment to achieve strategic plans and communicate strategic initiatives.

Assists the Dean in compiling data and information and writing reports for internal and external stakeholders.

Participates in the formulation of both short- and long-range planning as a member of the Dean¿s senior leadership team. 

Under the supervision of the Dean of Libraries, provides guidance and assistance with library operations. 

Oversees the work of the Intellectual Property, Government Information, and Lead Instructional Librarian.

Fosters positive relations with faculty, students, and staff on both campuses.

Along with the Associate Dean for Research and Assessment, oversees the libraries when the Dean is unavailable.


Secondary functions:

May be asked to act as an interim department head when a vacancy occurs.

Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean of Libraries.


Research, Scholarship, and /or Creative Activities:

Engages in research, scholarship, and grant activities at a level appropriate for the rank and tenure status held.



Engages in service activities for the library, the university, the community, and/or the profession.

Participates in regional, national, or international professional associations, task forces, etc. as circumstances allow and at a level appropriate to the rank and tenure status held. 


Required Qualifications

A master's degree in Library Science (e.g., MLS, MLIS) from an American Library Association (ALA) - accredited school or an equivalent degree if earned outside the U.S. 

Minimum of 5 years full-time college/university experience at the assistant professor level is required for the rank of associate professor along with a strong record of research and service with publications and presentations in professional venues

Minimum of 8 years of experience working in an academic library.

Minimum of 3 years of progressive leadership experience and supervising library faculty and staff.

Experience in library operations, academic librarianship initiatives, and strategic planning. 

Experience working with integrated library systems and other library-specific technologies.

Experience performing program and policy analysis. 

Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.

Demonstrated commitment to advancing a strong and growing research and scholarship agenda and the production of research and scholarship activities at a level appropriate for the rank and tenure status held.

Demonstrated commitment to supporting collegiality and a culture of transparency and collaboration.

Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills.


Preferred Qualifications

Doctoral degree in Library & Information Science or related discipline.

Minimum of 5 years full-time college/university teaching experience at the associate professor level is required for the rank of professor along with a strong record of research and service with substantial publications and presentations in professional venues

Demonstrated effectiveness in leadership positions such as Associate Dean or Department Chair/Head.

Demonstrated experience successfully migrating to a new integrated library system and implementing new technologies.

Demonstrated ability to interact effectively across academic disciplines.

Proposed Salary

Commensurate with experience.

This is an exempt position paid on a monthly basis.

Required Documents to Attach

A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications listed above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Consistently exhibit engaging customer service
Ability to support various constituencies served by the University
Proven proficiency with computers including Microsoft Office, Google, and/or applications as required for specific position

Adhere to University policies and procedures to meet Institutional goals and support University's mission for student success

Effective communication (verbal and written), organizational and human relations skills

Apply Before Date

Open Until Filled

Screening of applications begins May 24, 2024 and continues until the position is filled. Preferred start date is August 1, 2024.

Contact Information

Dr. Katia G. Karadjova, Associate Dean of Libraries, Search Chair

Electronic mail:

Telephone: 912-478-5024

USG Core Values

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning as well as the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at

Conditions of Employment

All work (with limited exceptions such as research and study abroad outside activities such as grading and email correspondence) for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period of time within current policy.

Faculty are expected to contribute to the vibrant university community by engaging students, participating in events, and performing other responsibilities on-campus. 

Faculty may be required to teach, conduct research, or perform service duties on any of the three campuses. Georgia Southern provides accessible transportation options between campuses.

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Georgia Southern University, as determined by Georgia Southern University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Legally authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the University.

Georgia Southern University is a Tobacco and Smoke-Free Community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources: (912) 478-6947.

Other Information

This is not a supervisory position.
This position will not be required to drive.
This role is not considered a position of trust.

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