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The University of Arkansas has exclusively engaged Jack Farrell & Associates ( to find its next Dean of Libraries. Interested candidates should please contact Jack Farrell ([log in to unmask]) for more details. Thank you.


The University of Arkansas, a Research 1 institution and the flagship campus for the state, is seeking its next Dean of University Libraries. The successful candidate will be a highly experienced and nationally engaged leader who will develop an enhanced vision for providing interdisciplinary and innovative scholarship support for the campus, in alignment with the University of Arkansas’ guiding priorities and mission as a public land-grant institution. Integral to this vision is the renewal of Mullins Library, the 230,000-square-foot core research library, for the campus. The first of two construction phases will be completed in July 2021, with program planning for the second phase to begin shortly thereafter.


Together with the administrative team, the Dean will establish clear priorities for the University Libraries’ external and internal functions; supervise recruitment and retention of top-level faculty and staff; oversee all budgetary concerns, including managing the distribution of assets from more than $50 million of endowed funds; advocate strongly for the University Libraries on campus and within the state; and serve as the chief fundraiser for the unit.


The Dean will foster collaborative relations within the university community and espouse a personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Collaboration with University system libraries and libraries throughout the region to maximize cooperative resource sharing is a high priority, as is enhancing relationships and collaboration with historical societies, regional public libraries, and nationally recognized museums.


The Dean’s administrative team is made up of division leaders from across the University Libraries and comprises an associate dean for content and digital initiatives, associate dean for research and learning, associate dean for Special Collections, and assistant dean for finance and administration. A full-time assistant, director of development, development coordinator, and director of public relations complete the Dean’s executive office.


Responsibilities of this position also include research, creative work, and service in keeping with the faculty requirements of the University of Arkansas. The successful candidate must have demonstrated accomplishments in performance, scholarly activity, and professional service to meet criteria for appointment with tenure at the level of Librarian/Professor. A dossier will be required for hiring.


This position reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs – Charles Robinson – and serves on the Academic Deans Group, the Provost's Executive Council, and the Chancellor’s Administrative Policy Council. The Dean of Libraries provides visionary, strategic, intellectual, and operational leadership for the more than 120 faculty and professional staff who work throughout the main research library, three on-campus branch libraries, and two library annex facilities.


Rank and Salary:  Professor/librarian


Benefits:  A relocation allowance is available. Benefits include retirement with TIAA or Fidelity Investments, 22 days of annual leave, dependent tuition reduction, and health insurance.


Background:  The University of Arkansas places students first by enhancing academic programs, creating an engaging campus life, reducing obstacles, enhancing diversity, improving graduation rates and marshaling the expertise of the faculty, staff and students. The University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University with very high levels of research activity (RU/VH). The U of A provides a superior campus landscape and environment while designing and building world-class facilities. The funding for research awards and research expenditures continue to grow, and so do the academic programs offered. The University Libraries share in the stewardship of the university’s goals and take responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections of the campus, in addition to offering programs that further support the academic mission. The University Libraries’ combined holdings number over three million volumes. The Libraries participate in the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Center for Research Libraries and other state and national consortia. For more information, visit


The University of Arkansas campus and Northwest Arkansas ( in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a student enrollment of more than 26,000, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System. With a population of approximately 460,000, Northwest Arkansas (NWA) is a metropolitan region set in the picturesque Ozark Mountains. NWA is home to three fortune 500 headquarters and offers numerous cultural and outdoor enthusiast venues, such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walton Arts Center, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, the Razorback Greenway, and numerous lakes and hiking trails. Year after year, NWA receives national recognition for its high quality of life, low cost of living, and economic vitality.


Application deadline and contact information.  Women and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Completed applications received by April 30, 2021 will receive full consideration.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Background Checks:  The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Pre-employment checks for this position include a criminal background, sex offender registry, and financial (credit) history check. It will also include drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.


The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

The University of Arkansas has exclusively engaged Jack Farrell & Associates ( to find its next Dean of Libraries. Interested candidates should please contact Jack Farrell ([log in to unmask]) for more details. Thank you.





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