Associate Dean for Academic Engagement, JMU Libraries

at James Madison University, Libraries (view profile)
Location Harrisonburg, Virginia
Date Posted April 23, 2020
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Education Requirements Graduate degree in library science or another relevant field
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $105,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency Commensurate with Experience
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Associate Dean for Academic Engagement, JMU Libraries

About James Madison University


We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation, is rapidly growing in national status, and has been continuously cited as an outstanding public university (#1 most innovative university in the south and #2 public university in the south, according to US News and World Report; #1 most student-recommended public university in the US, according to the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Ed). Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, local food, arts, natural surroundings, and diversity (over 50 languages spoken in our public schools), this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.

General Information

About the JMU Libraries

As a blended library and educational technology organization, JMU Libraries is an essential and deeply valued part of our university, reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President of JMU and undergoing transformation and renewal under the leadership of a new Dean. At Madison, the Libraries includes campus educational technology, digital scholarship, and online learning services alongside foundational library collections, resources and spaces, scholarly communications and data/information literacy services, and collaborative teaching and research support. Collegial relationships with faculty and administrators across the institution run deep. Our team comprises approximately 150 staff and faculty, including tenured/tenure-track librarians and instructional designers, classified and wage staff, and administrative and professional faculty from a number of fields. Approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate student workers join the Libraries in a variety of roles.

The Libraries particularly welcomes applicants who can enhance the diversity and excellence of our campus community, and who can demonstrate their leadership in building equitable and inclusive environments for teaching, research, and service. We are committed to cultivating a welcoming place for everyone, encouraging dialogue and celebrating diverse life experiences and perspectives. As an organization, JMU Libraries aspires to a collegial and collaborative culture that values openness, trust, effective communication, and multiple perspectives. We encourage experimentation and creativity in pursuit of meaningful solutions that build on our position as core academic infrastructure for our campus community.

About This Role

JMU Libraries invites applications from dynamic, collaborative, pragmatic, and service-minded leaders to fill the crucial position of Associate Dean for Academic Engagement. The successful candidate will serve as a member of the senior leadership team reporting to the Dean of Libraries and work closely with other Associate and Assistant Deans. In this role, the AD for Academic Engagement will provide vision and leadership both for the Libraries’ core public services and departmental liaison librarian programs, and for a variety of specialized spaces and offerings. This division of the Libraries includes the following areas: Research and Educational Services, Public Services, Special Collections, the Music Library, and an Educational Technology and Media Center (representing an exciting, newly strengthened collaboration with the College of Education). Depending on the strengths and interests of the successful candidate, JMU’s Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship efforts may also be located in this portfolio. As a member of our Dean’s Council and the Libraries senior leadership team, the Associate Dean will participate in the overall vision, direction, and strategy of the JMU Libraries. This is a tenure-eligible instructional faculty position at JMU. The ideal candidate will come in at the rank of Associate Professor or above.

Desired Leadership Approach

JMU Libraries leaders value staff at all levels and with all kinds of lived experience, and work to strengthen equitable and positive relationships across employment classifications. We seek a relationship builder with an appreciation of teaching, research, and learning and deep professional knowledge spanning the departments that come together in Academic Engagement. Our new AD should be a silo-buster, and someone who will take a user-oriented and whole-systems approach, supportive of creative strategies to build organizational excellence and create new partnerships within and beyond the Libraries. The successful candidate will demonstrate integrity and an ethic of care, grounding their leadership in listening, representation and co-creation, reciprocity and respect. Our successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and articulate a compelling leadership philosophy in these areas.

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide user-centered leadership for Libraries departments and services related to academic engagement, including approximately 40-45 faculty and staff (with 5-6 direct reports) and the majority of our approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate student employees
  • Work with colleagues and campus partners to ensure the JMU Libraries proactively supports student and faculty teaching, learning, research, and creative endeavors
  • Provide leadership in library instruction and support, and foster collaborative and innovative programming across the JMU Libraries on discipline-specific research methods and modes of discovery, and on broadly-shared topics like data and information literacy
  • Represent the JMU Libraries and core values of librarianship in campus conversations about enhanced support for teaching, research, and scholarship, in ways that lead to more diverse and equitable futures for higher education
  • Engage in relevant service and scholarly and professional development activities



  • Demonstrated understanding of and engagement with the central role of libraries (including special libraries and services) in the current higher education context, and the ability to offer a compelling vision for their role in the future
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and/or enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within organizations and in the profession
  • Significant supervisory experience and progressive responsibility in developing library services and programs
  • Strong ability to listen carefully and communicate effectively with diverse audiences
  • A graduate degree in library science or another relevant field


  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or experience with theories, practices, and platforms relevant to library instruction and support
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or experience with special collections and archives, particularly in terms of digital strategy and necessary partnerships with technical services and IT infrastructure and support
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or experience with best practices to promote and support digital scholarship and scholarly communications

To apply, visit or go to and reference posting F1475.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.