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Missouri University of Science and Technology invites applications from experienced and innovative university librarians for the position of Dean of Libraries.

The Position Profile

Serving as the chief administrator of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, the Dean is an integral part of the academic community at Missouri S&T and provides strategic vision for Missouri S&T’s library services. As the institution grows enrollment and drives toward achieving an R1 Carnegie Classification by the year 2030, the Dean is tasked with developing and executing a vision for Missouri S&T’s library that aligns with broader institutional priorities while incorporating emerging trends in college and university libraries. The Dean of Libraries will report directly to the Provost and must partner routinely with academic deans, faculty, and other campus constituents to cultivate library resources and services that are commensurate with that of an R1 university. The Dean will also work to modernize Missouri S&T’s library operation and cultivate a library that is accessible and responsive to the needs of the campus community.

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Qualifications and Experience

Minimum qualifications for the Dean of Libraries position include a Master’s of Library and Information Science or equivalent terminal degree from an ALA-accredited institution, plus 10 years of relevant experience in library administration and leadership. Successful applicants to the Dean of Libraries role will exhibit a history of – or potential for – visionary leadership within academic library settings. Candidates must have considerable supervisory skills and experience with budget management and/or library operations. The ideal candidate will also exhibit the ability to serve as a positive change agent and successfully lead fundraising and capital projects on behalf of the library. Strong candidates will also demonstrate their experience in cultivating a student-centered library operation, an understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities related to library services at a STEM-forward research university, and an orientation toward enhancing accessibility, diversity, inclusion, and equity within academic library spaces.

Apply or Nominate

To apply, please submit a letter of application and resume to

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Deadline for priority consideration is Monday, April 3, 2023.


  • Professional references will be contacted later in the process prior to any hiring decision.
  • The university will not contact references without candidate authorization.


If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Crain, lead recruitment consultant with the University of Missouri System, at

Search Committee Composition

Name Committee Role
Perry Koob -
Acting Chief Information Officer
Sutapa Bhattacharya - 
Graduate Student Representative
Stephanie Chinn - 
Technical Services Librarian
Shane Epting - 
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Abhijit Gosavi - 
Associate Professor, Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
John Held - 
Executive Director of Planned Giving and Campaign Strategy
Jorge Porcel -
Associate Professor of Arts, Languages, and Philosophy
Raheemat Rafiu -
Electronic Resources Librarian (University of Missouri – Columbia)
Haiming Wen - 
Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Jennifer Thompson - 
Electronic Resources Librarian (University of Missouri – Columbia)
Ex-Officio Member
Andrew Crain - 
Lead Recruitment Consultant
Search Consultant
Sarah Johnson - 
Administrative Support
Administrative Support