Wheaton College (www.wheatoncollege.edu), a private, residential, liberal-arts college located in southeastern Massachusetts, seeks an ambitious new Dean of Library Services to define the future of library and information services in supports of the College's mission: "to create possibilities for our students by offering a full range of studies in the arts, sciences, humanities, mathematics and social sciences. Our approach to the liberal arts emphasizes active learning in the classroom, on the campus and in the real world."
Reporting to the Provost and appointed with faculty status, the new Dean of Library Services will be an innovative and collaborative leader who provides strategic direction for all functions of the Wallace Library in partnership with other academic units and in support of the mission of the College. The Dean of Library Services will articulate and implement a compelling strategic plan for the future of Wallace Library, based on a perceptive and inspirational vision of the future of academic libraries. The Dean's vision will continue to transform the Library into a dynamic academic hub that serves the needs of all members of the Wheaton community.
The Dean of Library Services serves as the primary advocate for the Library, both internally and externally. Anticipating future opportunities and challenges, the Dean collaborates closely with faculty and administrators to continually align and integrate the Library into the academic life of the College. To that end, the Dean builds communities of practice and interest across campus and actively seeks both resources and external support for the Library's programmatic initiatives, including but not limited to its programs to promote information literacy across the curriculum and the use of digital methods and technologies in the classroom.
The Dean of Library Services provides accountability for the Library by preparing and administering an approximately $2.75 million operating budget; ensuring that its collections and resources align with and meet the needs of Wheaton's curriculum; hiring and managing a diverse and dedicated staff; and developing a culture of assessment of library services and outcomes. The Dean is also charged with fostering an organizational climate based on respect, service, teamwork, communication, professional growth, and responsibility in which diversity, creativity, and innovation thrive.
For the decade before 2016, Wheaton's library and information technology functions were integrated under an assistant vice president of library and information services, who reported to the Provost. In 2016, the two organizations were separated and the library remained part of the Provost's office. As the library organization has settled into this new administrative structure, its budget, infrastructure, staffing model, and organizational culture has begun to emerge. Now, a 22-person staff, many of them hired in the last few years and excited to be part of a forward-looking, ambitious, service-oriented library, cover research and instruction, access services, digital and special collections, and media services.
The Wallace Library is the likely home of the Center for Teaching and Learning that is currently in design development. Reporting to the Provost alongside the Dean of Library Services, the head of the Center for Teaching and Learning, who is to be appointed in the coming academic year, will be a key colleague for the Dean in initiatives and programs focused on students and faculty.
College leadership, informed by a 2016 ACRL review, have identified several priorities for the new Dean, who will naturally have the opportunity to assess these priorities and develop a plan to address them as well as others that may be identified during his/her tenure:
Advancing these critical endeavors will engage the Dean in conversations and collaborations with College leadership, with faculty, and with students and staff in the shared work of transforming this core Wheaton resource and positioning it to sustain the College's educational programs and its campus environment going forward.
For more information about the Wallace Library, see https://wheatoncollege.edu/academics/library/.
Wheaton is seeking a Dean who will be a bold and transformative leader, conceiving innovative ways to generate resources for the library that will move it bring it forward to the level of service, impact, and relevance that the College expects in terms of its collection, its space, and its role in teaching, learning, research, and community. The Dean will be someone who is open, collaborative, trusted, and committed to the Wheaton College community. S/he will be appointed as a member of the College faculty and must therefore demonstrate clear community to academic values.
The ideal candidate will bring many of the following qualifications:
Located between Boston and Providence, Wheaton College is a four-year, private liberal arts college with 1,550 students. The Wheaton Curriculum offers more than 600 courses in 40 majors and 50 minors. The student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1 and average class size of 15-20 students help foster the close collaborative relationships that develop between undergraduates and faculty.
Wheaton's Madeleine Clark Wallace Library, housed in a historic building at the heart of the Wheaton College campus, is the hub where students connect with information and ideas. Its holdings include more than 300,000 print and more than 150,000 electronic volumes, a comprehensive selection of periodicals, audiovisual materials, and research databases, as well as Wheaton's unique Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections. Its team of librarians, technologists, and support staff is dedicated to supporting all members of the Wheaton community in their learning, research, and teaching.
Wheaton College has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Jennifer Rumain, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheaton College is committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who will increase the diversity of the College community.