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Dean of Paul Meek Library - University of Tennessee at Martin - Martin, TN


The University of Tennessee at Martin invites applications for the position of dean of the Paul Meek Library, an executive position with faculty status. The University of Tennessee at Martin, located in Northwest Tennessee, is a comprehensive university that is part of The University of Tennessee System of higher education. The University serves approximately 7,300 students with undergraduate degrees in 80 specialized fields of study and with master’s degrees in selected areas.
The Dean is the chief academic officer of the library and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong leadership skills, exhibit a clear vision and commitment to librarianship in a University setting, articulate and advocate the strategic direction of the Library, provide sound fiscal management, and promote a collaborative environment within the Library, across campus, and throughout the community. The Dean will lead fundraising efforts to support the mission of the library, engaging existing donors and cultivating relationships with prospective donors. The successful candidate must have a record of effective academic leadership; a successful record of teaching and public service; and scholarly or creative accomplishments to justify a tenure-track appointment at the rank of professor.
  • Advocates for the Library as the center of academic life on the campus and as a resource to the community and region.
  • Supports the University's strategic plan, core academic curriculum, and outreach for equitable access to resources, and promotes information literacy and librarianship within the campus community, region, and state.
  • Leads and coordinates library staff and faculty personnel in developing collections that support academic programs and promoting information literacy across the curriculum.
  • Leads fundraising and friend raising efforts for the library.
  • Provides support for the scholarly activity of faculty librarians.
  • Prepares, administers, and oversees the Library's budgets and endowments, with particular emphasis on collection development, faculty/staff development, and evolving technological needs.
  • Supports the University in all SACSCOC and other accreditation efforts.



  • Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent international accreditation.
  • Knowledge of all areas of an academic library.
  • Ability to manage complex budgets.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to raise funds from donors and friends of the library and develop new donor prospects.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies within the library environment.
  • Experience as a teacher and scholar in a higher education institution.


  • Has contributed to the profession through scholarly publications.
  • Has experience in researching, identifying, developing, and responding to public and private grant opportunities.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and appreciation for the faculty tenure and promotion process.
  • Demonstrates ability to cultivate partnerships within a university community, region, and state.
  • Has experience with accreditation processes.
  • Demonstrates active participation in professional organizations, workshops, and/or conferences.


To ensure consideration, applicants must apply online and attach a cover letter that describes their interest in the position and addresses their qualifications, a resume or curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, and the names of three references. Apply online at; staff vacancies. Review of applications will begin February 21, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. The position will be available 1 July 2020.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin 21 February 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tennessee at Martin is an equal employment opportunity institution and does not discriminate based upon race, color, or national origin. The University's Office of Equity and Diversity has adopted a policy and procedures to provide students and employees, who feel that they have experienced discrimination but are uncertain as to whether a complaint is justified or whether they wish to initiate a formal complaint, the opportunity to discuss their concerns confidentially and informally with the Equity and Diversity Officer/Title VI Coordinator for prompt and equitable resolution of discrimination complaints.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee at Martin affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 544 University Street, #303, Martin, TN 38238, telephone 731-881-3505. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.