Interim Dean for the Auburn University Libraries

Auburn University Libraries is seeking a tenured Librarian III/IV to serve as Interim Dean. Internal applications are currently being accepted from qualified faculty for this short-term appointment starting April 1, 2018.  The period of service will end once a permanent dean has been appointed.

Position Summary:  The responsibilities of this position include participating in the leadership of the University as a member of the administration; providing leadership and supervision of the AU Libraries’ strategic planning and budget processes; overseeing instruction, research, outreach, and administration within the Libraries; overseeing faculty recruitment and development; providing leadership in fund raising; and representing the Libraries’ interest to various constituencies.

The successful candidate should have knowledge of the operations of the Dean’s office, have a deep understanding of the mission and goals of the Libraries, have an outstanding record of achievement in research and librarianship, and demonstrable administrative skills and experience.  Effective communication with multiple constituencies, a talent for management of complex organizations and leadership performance are especially important.

Application Procedures: This position will be an internal appointment.  Candidates for this position should submit electronically a letter of application indicating interest in the position and a current C.V. to: Emmett Winn, Chair of the AU Libraries Interim Dean Search at  The deadline for receipt of applications is close of business on February 15, 2018.

Special note: The individual selected as the Interim Dean will not be eligible to apply for the permanent dean position. This requirement will be part of the appointment for the interim position.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

Search Committee Membership (in alphabetical order):

Shade Aladebumoye, Library Associate III, Technical Services Department

Denise Baker, Head of the Systems Department

Barbara Bishop, Librarian III, Reference Services

Toni Carter, Librarian III, Library Instruction Coordinator

Midge Coates, Librarian III, Digital Projects Librarian

Jack D. Fitzpatrick, Spec. VI, Information Technology, Technical Services Department

Todd Shipman, Librarian III, Education Librarian

Emmett Winn, Professor & Associate Provost, Chair of the Search Committee

Please direct all questions to Dr. Winn or Kerry Ransel.


Last Updated: Feb 02, 2018