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The Pennsylvania State University
University Park
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Posted: 05/2/2022
Associate Dean for Learning and Engagement

Associate Dean for Learning and Engagement

Penn State University Libraries, embarking on an inclusive, holistic University-wide strategic plan embracing and elevating the, has reimagined and realigned its As a result of this effort, the University Libraries seeks an Associate Dean (AD) for Learning and Engagement to join a cohort that expands its recalibrated leadership team and shapes one of several new administrative portfolios. Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, this AD will collaborate with the senior library administrative team as well as leaders throughout the enterprising organization to set the vision and strategic directions for Penn State University Libraries. This leadership position provides a unique opportunity to join a national top ten research library intent on elevating the Libraries' integral role in advancing the University's tripartite mission of teaching, research, and service at all of the Penn State campuses.

Portfolio Description

Penn State University Libraries consists of one unified library dispersed across 23 campuses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as an established presence within Penn State World Campus programs. Penn State Libraries' recent restructuring of Associate Dean portfolios has led to the creation of an exciting leadership role, the Associate Dean for Learning and Engagement. The mission of this portfolio is to provide a transformative learning experience for Penn State undergraduates, to collaborate across the Libraries to develop and implement a shared vision of student-focused services, instruction and engagement, and to advance the development of the Libraries' global engagement initiatives.

The enhancement of student learning and academic success requires the creation of well-designed, inspiring library spaces, the delivery of library resources, coordination of online and on-site reference/research services, open and affordable educational resources, and reliable access to educational technology and multimedia that support teaching and learning. In collaboration with other library divisions and/or units, the Associate Dean for Learning and Engagement will lead the assessment of evolving user needs and collaborative development of plans to enhance, adapt, and/or expand the impact of the Libraries' curriculum and pedagogy. Development of enhanced engagement opportunities as well as user-centered services, programs, and spaces requires partnering with library colleagues, Penn State University academic and administrative units, and development personnel.

To achieve this vision, the Associate Dean for Learning and Engagement will provide direct guidance and vision for several units and pursue collaborative initiatives and strategic priorities across a complex, collaborative, dynamic, and rapidly changing land-grant university environment. The successful candidate will support not only collaboration but also innovation to explore how research libraries like Penn State's can address ongoing changes to the environment of higher education.

Direct reporting lines include:

Access Services—the administrative home for five service units (the Annex, Collection Maintenance, Course Reserves Services, Interlibrary Loan, and Common Services) committed to making collections accessible to all Penn State communities, partner libraries, and other user groups while also providing fundamental on-site customer services for University Park users.

Library Learning Services—a bedrock unit focused on creating foundational learning experiences through instruction, outreach and engagement to assure student researchers become critical information creators and consumers in partnership with other Libraries units and academic programs across Penn State.

Media and Technology Support Services—responsible for design, installation, and repair of classroom-based technology and equipment.

Global Engagement Initiatives— In collaboration with Penn State Global, the unit cultivates strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, coordinates the Libraries efforts in international partnerships and forums, develops intercultural programming and training for both Libraries-focused and university-wide audiences, and establishes innovative initiatives and resources for international populations.

Most senior library administrators are located at the University Park campus. This position will be based at the University Park campus. While the University Libraries embraces opportunities for hybrid work arrangements, travel outside of University Park should be anticipated, including some overnight travel, for in-person meetings.


Senior Level Administration: As a member of the Libraries' senior leadership team:

• Works collaboratively to provide vision and direction for the research, teaching, and service mission of the Libraries.

• Helps to implement the Libraries' strategic plan, support institutional goals, and build a strong culture of engagement and shared decision making.

• Participates in the Libraries' key planning, budget, operations, and personnel decision-making activities.

• Facilitates cross-organizational communication and collaboration while fostering a culture of transparency and shared decision-making.

• Represents the Libraries with donor relations and fundraising with leadership and development teams within the Libraries.

• Participates in University initiatives and represent the Libraries in University-wide planning and administration (may represent the libraries in local, regional, and national arenas).

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility: The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. The AD is expected to

• Advance the Libraries and Penn State's diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals.

• Improve efforts to recruit and retain a diverse community of library employees.

• Contribute to an environment of positive growth and development for all employees.

More information on Penn State's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence can be found by viewing Penn State's Diversity Statement: For additional information about the Libraries' diversity efforts, please visit

Administration and Oversight for Learning and Engagement

This Associate Dean:

• Provides leadership, strategic direction, and vision to plan and develop meaningful initiatives that foster learner success, enrich the user experience, and promote global engagement and learning.

• Serves as the key library administrative liaison to Penn State's University-wide entities focused on planning and implementing strategic teaching and learning initiatives, (e.g. the Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education, Digital Learning Academic Council, Transforming Education Steering Committee, Learning Spaces Leadership Committee); ensures the Libraries' alignment with and support for University-wide teaching and learning initiatives as well as institutional policies and procedures.

• Fosters collaboration and seeks partnerships, both within and external to the Libraries, to support the evolving needs of users and to extend the reach of the Libraries' learning and engagement initiatives and programs (e.g. Teaching and Learning with Technology, Undergraduate Education, the Open and Affordable Educational Resources Working Group).

• Identifies and anticipates the needs of users to prioritize the design and delivery of user services that lead to success for Penn State students, faculty, and others.

• Fosters the further development of an innovative global engagement program.

• Supervises and mentors the unit heads reporting directly to the Associate Dean while supporting and facilitating the professional development for all librarians and staff; supports the promotion and tenure process for library faculty and serves a critical role in the Libraries' robust mentoring program.


A Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent) with qualifications commensurate with tenure requirements at Penn State. University Libraries also values the following:

• Ability to develop and implement a strategic vision and lead collaborative, user-centered efforts across library units and/or with external partners in a broader setting (i.e., University)

• Demonstrated supervisory and empathetic leadership skills that build consensus and support strong, self-sufficient teams

• Evidence of substantive leadership initiatives that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

• Commitment to shared governance

• Substantial relevant experience at an academic, special, or research library or related institution

• National reputation for distinguished scholarship and professional accomplishments

• Strong record of service in appropriate professional or disciplinary associations

• Strategic and empathetic visionary who has experience working with strong self-sufficient teams


The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University's strategic goals of teaching, research, and service. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania including online programs. We serve more than 6,800 faculty at University Park, 4,124 faculty at the Commonwealth Campuses, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, Digital Preservation Network, AP Trust, SPARC, CNI, the ACRL Diversity Alliance and a number of other organizations.

The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day's drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Philadelphia, Newark, Chicago, Detroit, Orlando, and Tampa. For more information, please visit and

Compensation and Rank:

The successful candidate will hold a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Librarian or Librarian within the University Libraries. The rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Applicants for the Associate Librarian rank should have:

• A graduate degree in library or information studies or other appropriate degree, demonstrate excellence in librarianship, show evidence of an established reputation in research, and have a strong record of service to the University and the profession.

Applicants for the Librarian rank should have:

• In addition to the qualifications for Associate Librarian, the Librarian should demonstrate sustained excellence in librarianship, give evidence of creativity in his/her field of specialization (including a continuing capacity for significant contributions in research and creative accomplishments), and show evidence of leadership in the profession. The rank of Librarian should be reserved for persons of proven stature in librarianship, research, and service.

Penn State offers a comprehensive benefits program, with choices of retirement plans, health benefits, optional insurance programs, tuition discounts for employees and eligible family members, generous vacation time, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). In addition, the University Libraries provides annual professional development funds to all faculty members. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events. Expenses reimbursement will be in accordance with University Travel Policy. Please visit to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted via Workday. Interested candidates should upload a letter of application and a resume or CV. A candidate's application materials are expected to provide clear evidence of their commitment to, and the impact of, the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility throughout their librarianship, teaching, research, and/or service.

Candidates also must provide four professional references, indicating their professional relationship to each reference. References will be contacted later in the search process. Furnished references must include a current/previous direct supervisor, a colleague, an employee who was/is a direct report, and one at the candidate's discretion. Review of applications will begin May 23, 2022 and continue until position is filled. To nominate a candidate to receive additional information about this position, please send names and contact information (email and phone number) to:

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.