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Associate Dean for Special Collections | University of Arkansas University Libraries (Fayetteville, AR)

  • 10 Oct 2023 2:28 PM
    Message # 13265410
    Hannah Wood (Administrator)

    Rank and Salary

    Tenure-track or tenured, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Librarian / Associate Professor or Librarian / Professor.  Salary range $120,000-$125,000 commensurate with education and experience.


    The Associate Dean will lead the Special Collections division, which is comprised of manuscript collections, rare books, architecture collections, and University Archives, in the development of strategic plans, generate national and international interest in the collections, and will work collaboratively with other organizations in the nation to enhance the availability of archived materials. The winning candidate will lead a team of 5 faculty and 10 staff. 

    Primary responsibilities include articulating a strategic focus to achieve the Division’s and Libraries’ goals and priorities; anticipating, initiating, and responding to changes in the academic programs and the University environment; structuring the collections to meet the information needs of the University; and ensuring that the Division maintains a strong commitment to excellent customer service. The Associate Dean also facilitates the integration of research and teaching through collaborations with University departments and programs, collaborates with colleagues to advance digital initiatives, actively contributes to library-wide planning and efforts, and represents the Libraries in relevant local, regional, national, and international organizations. This position is based in the University Libraries on the Fayetteville, Arkansas campus.  Relocation assistance is available. 

    Responsibilities of this position include research, creative work, and service in keeping with the faculty requirements of the University of Arkansas.

    Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

    For more information, see attached job description.

    NOTE: The University of Arkansas Libraries has exclusively retained Jack Farrell & Associates ( to find the winning candidate for this important position. Interested candidates should provide a CV and 2-page cover by email to Amy Morse ( The cover letter should address: 1) why am I interested?, 2) how am I qualified?, and 3) what might the Special Collections unit look like in several years under my stewardship? Thank you.

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