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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Information Sciences.  The School of Information Sciences at Illinois is an international leader in graduate education, home to world-class faculty, top-tier research, and academic programs that are consistently ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report.  Its mission is to lead the way in understanding the use of information in science, culture, society, commerce, and the diverse activities of our daily lives-and in doing so, change the world.

The iSchool's academic programs include the top-ranked Master of Science in Library and Information Science and one of the fastest growing programs at the University, the Master of Science in Information Management.  In addition, the School offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science, the oldest program of its kind in the nation, and an MS in Bioinformatics, Certificate of Advanced Study, Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries, and K-12 Library Information Specialist Licensure.  Plans for an undergraduate degree in information sciences are underway.

As a longstanding innovator in online education, the iSchool offers many programs for students who study from a distance.  The total enrollment consists of more than 690 master's students and nearly 50 doctoral students-including 195 international students-who learn with enthusiasm and contribute to the dynamic intellectual life of the School.

The School has 33 full-time faculty, 41 staff and 740 graduate students.  The Dean will oversee an annual operating budget of $9.078M, as well as research expenditures of $3.2M.

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an exceptional leader to serve as its next Dean of the School of Information Sciences.  Reporting to and working with the Provost, and in coordination with the Deans from other colleges and schools, the Dean will have responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations that support the mission and vision of the School of Information Sciences and its role within The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The University seeks a Dean with broad intellectual insights, top-tier scholarly credentials, and the leadership and managerial capacity to actualize a bold vision for its future.  The selected candidate will likely bring successful experience in a university environment with a distinguished record of leadership and intellectual achievement.  Outstanding candidates from government and industry that demonstrate strong commitment and experience in education will also be considered.  Candidates whose backgrounds are in a university setting should hold a terminal degree and have a distinguished record of teaching and scholarly or research accomplishments.  Candidates whose backgrounds are in a professional setting should have a distinguished record of professional accomplishments and demonstrate an appreciation for scholarly achievement and a familiarity with the academic enterprise.

The position requires a leader with strategic capacity; superb management and leadership skills; outstanding administrative, budgetary, and fundraising experience; a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; and an ability to manage the challenges of undergraduate and graduate education in a complex university environment.  The ideal candidate will have superior communication skills and the political skill and entrepreneurial capacity to inspire.

The Dean will:
*        Define and execute a strategic vision for the future by articulating the distinctive needs and opportunities of the School of Information Sciences;
*        Support and continue the collaborative, entrepreneurial spirit and a balance of scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration within the School and across campus;
*        Along with faculty leaders, assure the continued prominence of the faculty by prioritizing the recruitment and retention of distinguished faculty which will promote and enhance a strong research agenda and inspire excellence in teaching and learning best practices;
*        Serve as a public voice for the School's constituents;
*        Attract external funding from federal agencies, corporations, foundations, and interested donors to support the School's mission and develop relevant partnerships;
*        Identify emerging opportunities for new programs and multidisciplinary initiatives that leverage the excellence of the School and the breath and strength of Illinois's interdisciplinary culture; and
*        Advocate internally for resources to support a growing research agenda, faculty, and student population;

The successful candidate will have the highest commitment to academic and scholarly standards.  As an accomplished scholar, compelling candidates will be able to inspire faculty and students with a sense of pride and purpose, serve as an innovative leader to grow and build high quality programs, and provide a dedicated and established commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.  The Dean should possess an earned Ph.D. or other terminal degree in a field related to the School of Information Sciences and possess a record of recognized achievement in teaching, research, and service that would warrant a tenured appointment at the rank of professor in the School.

The next dean is expected to bring:
*        The ability, in conjunction with the faculty and other administrative leaders, to articulate a vision for the School and to the Campus for influential leadership and transformative impact through education, research and outreach, and to develop and realize a plan to achieve it;
*        Experience in supporting and cultivating a distinguished, accomplished, and diverse faculty, including non-tenure track faculty;
*        The ability to articulate the School's goals, accomplishments, and needs to a broad range of external constituencies, including alumni, academic, government representatives and the business and industrial communities;
*        A commitment to attracting and supporting strong students and a dedication to creating a diverse, open, and inclusive environment at both undergraduate and graduate levels;
*        A passion for facilitating the success of others, including faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders;
*        The intellectual leadership and curiosity to provide guidance in order to enhance a robust research program;
*        Outstanding communication skills with strong interpersonal skills;
*        Demonstrated ability to lead by consensus and with transparency;
*        The ability to think with agility across a broad spectrum of ideas and disciplines;
*        Experience in integrating across a distributed network of disciplines and faculty expertise;
*        An appreciation for what research can bring to teaching, education, and society and the expertise to communicate that impact to a wide range of audiences;
*        The ability to lead sophisticated and effective development and fundraising activities; and
*        Impeccable personal and professional integrity.

This is a full-time, 12-month appointment with a negotiable start date, salary will be commensurate with experience.

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois is located in Urbana-Champaign and is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty.  Illinois faculty have earned 23 Nobel Prizes; two faculty and 18 alumni are Pulitzer Prize winners; and our faculty and alumni are well-represented in the memberships of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.  The campus is a leader in access for students with disabilities and was the first to provide disabilities access to all campus programs, facilities, and services and the first to offer comprehensive wheelchair sports programming.

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Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited.  The university strongly encourages nominations of, as well as applications from, individuals traditionally underrepresented in academia.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  For full consideration, applications should be received by Monday, June 4, 2018.  Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, and a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above, as well as the applicant's motivation to apply. These materials should be sent electronically, in confidence to Korn Ferry consultants Josh Ward and Ken Kring at email address [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.  The search consultants can be reached to answer questions about the position or the application by telephone at (405)640-3994 (Josh) or (215)656-5309 (Ken).

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit<>

Emily Knox, PhD, MSLIS
Assistant Professor
School of Information Sciences
Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 E. Daniel St., MC-493
Champaign, IL 61820


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