Job Openings: Three New Leadership Roles

Posted on: May 11, 2022

Carrier Library historic entrance, with fountain nearby, and a group of people in the middle distance

Carrier Library

JMU Libraries seeks three talented leaders to fill newly-created, tenured/tenure-track faculty positions:

  • Associate Dean for Academic Engagement 
  • Director of Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections
  • Special Collections Instruction Librarian and Curator for Black Arts and Culture 

Please consider these tremendous opportunities to shape new divisions and departments within a dynamic library and educational technology organization!

Application review will begin on Monday, June 6, 2022, for all three positions.

Associate Dean for Academic Engagement 

JMU students in Carrier Library

JMU students in Carrier Library

The Associate Dean for Academic Engagement will provide visionary leadership and strong managerial support for the Libraries’ core public and information services in multiple buildings and locations; for campus-wide instruction and expertise on information literacy through our valued and essential academic liaison librarian program; and for a variety of specialized offerings. These include: our special libraries and partnerships with JMU’s colleges and departments; our services surrounding distinctive collections across media types; and support for digital scholarship at JMU. The successful candidate will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team reporting to JMU’s Dean of Libraries and Chief Academic Technology Officer, working closely and cooperatively with peer Associate Deans who guide the other primary divisions of our library system, as well as with leaders at all levels throughout our closely interconnected organization. 

This is a tenure-eligible, full-time, twelve-month instructional faculty position at JMU with the administrative appointment of associate dean, with a starting salary range of $110,000 – $115,000. Learn more or apply.

Director of Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections

Local students with JMU's Valley Scholars program visiting the JMU Libraries Special Collections Reading Room. They are viewing comic books and other materials from our collections

Local students from JMU’s Valley Scholars program visiting the JMU Libraries Special Collections Reading Room

The Director of Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections will lead our services and offerings surrounding special and distinctive collections across media types (rare books and manuscripts, audiovisual collections, and born-digital archives), and will help to define the support we provide for creative and sustainable digital scholarship at JMU—particularly as it connects with scholar-created thematic research collections stemming from classroom and community-based work in the digital liberal arts. The successful candidate will report to our incoming Associate Dean for Academic Engagement and work closely with fellow directors and leaders throughout our closely interconnected library and educational technology organization. 

This is a tenure-track, full-time, twelve-month, instructional faculty position, with a starting salary range of $80,000 – $85,000. Learn more or apply

Learn about this position in an online info session

We are hosting an information session on Zoom for interested applicants in advance of the June 6, 2022 review date. Please consider joining to learn more about the position and the organization, ask questions confidentially, and get answers:

Confidentiality will be ensured, as the attendee list for each Zoom “webinar” session will be hidden. Live captioning will be provided.

Questions? Please contact Yasmeen Shorish, Director of Scholarly Communications Strategies.

Special Collections Instruction Librarian and Curator for Black Arts and Culture

Patrons viewing materials during a Furious Flower Poetry Center event in the JMU Libraries Special Collections Reading Room

Patrons viewing materials during a Furious Flower Poetry Center event in the JMU Libraries Special Collections Reading Room

The Special Collections Instruction Librarian and Curator for Black Arts and Culture will lead the development of a growing instruction program in Special Collections, aligned with organizational and departmental goals to support a reparative archives approach that recognizes silences and gaps in the documentary record. As Curator for Black Arts and Culture, the successful candidate will lead collection development efforts around rare and unique materials related to African, African American, and Diaspora (AAAD) Studies and in support of JMU’s research and teaching strengths in this field. The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in JMU’s AAAD Studies Center and Furious Flower Poetry Center (FFPC) to identify relevant archival materials across media types, as well as rare book collection development priorities, and seek opportunities to grow our collections in support of AAAD and FFPC goals and functions. 

This is a tenure-track, full-time, twelve-month, instructional faculty position, reporting to the Head of Special Collections, with a starting salary range of $60,000 – $65,000. Learn more or apply.

About JMU Libraries

Aerial view of Rose Library

Rose Library

This is an exciting time to join the JMU Libraries. We are entering a new phase in our transformative, Mellon Foundation-funded partnership with the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the nation’s first academic center for Black poetry. We are also actively planning the renovation and expansion of Carrier Library, which will feature beautiful new facilities for the departments and services each of these positions would guide. 

Our team comprises almost 150 staff and faculty and approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate student workers.  

View our Magazine or our About the Libraries pages to learn more about what we do at JMU Libraries—and apply today!

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