Head of the Humanities, Social Science, Education & Business Division, Purdue University Libraries

Head, Humanities, Social Science, Education and Business Division
Associate Professor or Professor Rank

Purdue University Libraries (PUL), recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in University Libraries from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), seeks a highly motivated, innovative, and learner/research centered individual to lead the Humanities, Social Science, Education and Business Division (HSSEB) of the Libraries.

The HSSEB Division Head works closely with colleagues throughout PUL to advance the Libraries strategic initiatives, especially with division heads for Health and Life Sciences (HLS) and Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PSET). He or she is proactive in understanding the instructional and research needs of the faculty and students in humanities, social science, education, and business at Purdue, and is actively engaged with these communities on campus. The HSSEB Division Head leads and facilitates the liaison activities of HSSEB faculty, including collection development, provision of in-depth reference assistance, and information literacy instruction, as well as in newer areas of emphasis such as digital humanities and research data. He or she serves on PUL’s Planning and Operations Council, Learning Council, and Information Resources Council and reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. As a member of the Libraries faculty, the HSSEB Division head articulates a research agenda that explores questions within her/his area of specialization and results in a scholarly publication record required for promotion and tenure at Purdue University.

The HSSEB Division includes the faculty, staff, services, and operations of three campus libraries: Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics, John W. Hicks Undergraduate Library, and the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library. The division has 11 Libraries faculty who report to the division head and 15 staff under the supervision of the operations manager. The division supports a number of nationally ranked programs, including communications and management, and eight PhD programs within the College of Liberal Arts that recently received high evaluations from the National Research Council (NRC).

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library/information science or a doctoral degree in an appropriate discipline
  • Seven years of experience working in academic research libraries with demonstrated leadership in a supervisory capacity managing staff and librarians
  • Experience with budgeting
  • Strong service orientation
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work well with all levels of users, staff, and administrators
  • Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, and qualifications to meet the expectations for promotion.

Desired Qualifications

  • Degree[s] in a humanities, social sciences, education, or business discipline
  • Familiarity with human resources policies
  • Three years of experience in a management or leadership role
  • Demonstrated interest in the applications of current and emerging technologies to meet the changing needs of users
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning with a sound understanding of teaching pedagogies and embedded information literacy practices.

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Faculty tenure-track position with a twelve-month appointment. Rank of associate or full professor depending on qualifications. Start-up funds in support of research are provided for computer/software/equipment, for travel/professional development, and for a half time graduate assistant for two years. Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner. Purdue University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Application Process

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Carole Tolley, Libraries Human Resources Coordinator, at libhr@purdue.edu. Please place “Head, HSSEB” in the subject line of the email.

Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Carole Tolley at 765-494-2899 or the above email address. A background check will be required for this position.

The full job announcement can be seen www.lib.purdue.edu/about/employment

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.