Associate Dean for Academic Engagement

at James Madison University (view profile)
Published May 25, 2022
Location 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $110,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $115,000
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About This Role

JMU Libraries seeks a dynamic, collaborative, pragmatic, and service-minded leader to fill the newly created position of Associate Dean (AD) for Academic Engagement (AE).

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 ADs who guide the other primary divisions of our library system: Learning Innovations and Design; Discovery, Access, and Technology; and Libraries Administration—as well as with leaders at all levels throughout our closely interconnected organization. In this role, the Associate Dean for AE 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; Libraries services surrounding distinctive collections across media types; and the support we provide for digital scholarship at JMU, with particular emphasis on digital humanities and social science offerings connected with Special Collections and on scholar-created thematic research collections related to student- and community-based collaborations.

As a re-envisioned unit of the JMU Libraries, Academic Engagement will include approximately 40 faculty and staff from the following departments: Library and Information Services (including circulation and public services), Research and Education Services (including liaison librarians, who further JMU’s teaching, learning, and scholarship mission through their work as educators, researchers, and collections managers), the Music Library (housed in the facilities of our College of Visual and Performing Arts), Special Collections, and Digital Projects. The incumbent will also supervise a position currently in recruitment: the Director of Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections, charged with shaping a new department within Academic Engagement that will encompass Special Collections and archives, preservation/conservation, library-based digitization services, and support for faculty digital scholarship. Distinctive collections at JMU include Special Collections print, manuscript, and audiovisual holdings (particularly rich in the history of the campus and Shenandoah Valley and in Black arts and culture, including the unique video archives of JMU’s distinguished Furious Flower Poetry Center) as well as oral histories related to Harrisonburg’s vibrant immigrant community, faculty digital projects, and more.

The new AD for Academic Engagement will additionally guide Libraries partnerships that include (among others) our support for General Education at JMU, library services offered through an Educational Technology and Media Center in our College of Education, and collaborations with our College of Arts and Letters. These include library support for the Center for African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, digital liberal arts initiatives including an innovative History Studio, and a multi-year Mellon Foundation-funded partnership between the JMU Libraries and the Furious Flower Poetry Center. This is a particularly exciting moment to join the JMU Libraries as we are celebrating JMU’s reclassification by Carnegie as an R2 institution of increasing national stature and planning the renovation and expansion of Carrier Library, which will provide new facilities for key departments of Academic Engagement.

This is a tenure-eligible, 12-month instructional faculty position at JMU with the administrative appointment of associate dean ( The ideal candidate will come in at the rank of Associate Professor or above. Libraries faculty participate in shared governance at JMU and adhere to policies established in our Promotion & Tenure Guidelines ( and the JMU Faculty Handbook ( Faculty are evaluated annually on Job Performance, Scholarly Achievement & Professional Qualifications, and Professional Service.