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Requisition ID:  9968

Associate Dean for Learning and Booker Chair in Information Literacy

Job Summary


Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies seeks a highly accomplished leader and scholar to lead learning-related initiatives and welcomes applicants for the position of Associate Dean for Learning and Booker Chair in Information Literacy. In December 2018 Purdue’s Board of Trustees approved a new name for the University Libraries, to better reflect the teaching and scholarly contributions of Libraries faculty. The Libraries and School of Information Studies includes seven libraries, archives and special collections, the Purdue University Press, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the University Copyright Office, and in spring 2020 a new information studies department.


This faculty position:

  • Leads and fosters teaching and learning-related initiatives for and within the Libraries and School of Information Studies.
  • Serves as a member of the senior management team, reporting to the dean and working closely with associate deans and information studies department head, contributes to long-range planning, program development and evaluation, budget formulation, and allocation of resources in support of the organization’s mission.
  • Works closely with head of information studies department and the faculty curriculum committee on curriculum and curricular issues.
  • Represents the Libraries and School of Information Studies at various national and international meetings and on national panels and committees and represents the Libraries on teaching and learning-related campus committees and councils.
  • Provides leadership and oversight for traditional librarianship activities, the Office of Undergraduate Research, information literacy and IMPACT initiatives, and works closely with the other leaders on undergraduate, graduate, and online education-related programming.
  • Upon approval from the Board of Trustees of Purdue University hold the additional title of W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy.
  • Articulates a research agenda within the areas of library and information science or information studies, resulting in a scholarly publication record required for promotion at Purdue University.
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Successful Candidate Will:

  • Depending on experience, will either qualify at time of hire for tenure at rank of associate or full professor, or may be appointed in a tenure-track position at rank of associate professor, with a four-year tenure probationary period.
  • Show a commitment to diversity and to promoting a multicultural environment for learning.
  • Must meet Purdue requirements for promotion and tenure.


Required Qualifications:

  • Have obtained a Master’s degree in library or information science (the terminal degree in library or information science) from an ALA accredited program with relevant experience or terminal degree in a related discipline with relevant experience.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and intercultural skills, and the ability to prioritize and adjust in a dynamic environment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience.
  • Developed research agenda
Salary and Benefits


Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure.


Faculty position with 12-month administrative appointment. Rank of associate or full professor.  Start-up funds in support of research are provided.


Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse.  Purdue University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


Relocation funding will be available and discussed on a case-by-case basis.


A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Application Process


For consideration, submit resume, cover letter and the names and contact information of at least three references. In the cover letter:

  • Describe your interest in this position;
  • Address the required qualifications;
  • Purdue University's Libraries and School of Information Studies (PULSIS) is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort including discovery, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.


This complete position announcement can also be found at:  www.lib.purdue.edu/about/employment.


Review of applications will start on April 20th and will continue until the position is filled.


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.