Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services and Associate/University Librarian

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Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services and Associate/University Librarian

Florida State University Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services
Florida State University (FSU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean (AD) for Research and Learning Services and Associate/University Librarian (rank based on qualification). Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services will play a major role in shaping the Libraries’ services to students and faculty, creating programs and partnerships that enhance and support research at all levels, and ensuring that the libraries are integrated into teaching and learning. This position oversees several departments which comprise the public face of the Libraries, developing and providing exemplary services to the FSU community.
About the Libraries

The FSU Libraries are committed to evidence-based librarianship. Through a rigorous program of study and assessment we are redesigning library services to meet the diverse needs of Florida State University and expanding our services to support exceptional undergraduate education; innovative services to graduate and professional programs; traditionally strong programs in the arts and humanities; and a growing STEM research agenda.

Claude Pepper Library

The Claude Pepper Library was established in 1985 as the official repository for the Claude Pepper Papers, a unique and multi-faceted collection of manuscripts, photographs, audio/video recordings, and memorabilia by and about U.S. Congressman Claude Pepper (1900-1989).

Collection Access

The University Libraries is committed to making its collections accessible to students, faculty and staff of The Florida State University as well as the broader scholarly community.

Collection Development

Our Collection Development department (Serials & Acquisitions Services) acquire and classify monograph and serial titles in all languages and formats (e.g., books, serials & periodicals, maps, music, audiovisual, electronic resources, etc.) that meet the Libraries' collection scope.

Development: Supporting the FSU Libraries

When you give to the Florida State University Libraries, you support the entire university. Each year, over 1.5 million students, faculty, staff and friends utilize the Libraries’ study and research facilities. Many more visit the Library online.

Dirac Science Library

The Paul A.M. Dirac Science Library is located in the heart of the Science Center complex, consolidating the University libraries' scientific and technical books and periodicals in one central location.

Distance Learning

All library services at FSU are available to the distance education community. Our desired contribution to your success extends beyond simply providing access to scholarly resources. We understand that utilizing FSU Libraries' resources and services at a distance comes with unique challenges.


Facilities Management at The Florida State University Libraries effectively and efficiently provides maintenance and operational services that support the faculty, staff and students in pursuit of excellence in their individual and institutional academic research and community objectives.

FAMU-FSU Engineering Library

The engineering library provides materials, services and facilities to support the needs of our students. This also includes providing reference assistance to persons needing information involving the changing aspects of engineering, improving our collection, organizing this collection, providing circulation control, and enhancing our electronic access to resources here and at other university libraries.

Friends of the Florida State University Libraries

The Friends support the Libraries by heightening awareness of the Libraries’ resources, services and needs; sponsoring programs that stimulate intellectual and cultural interchange; providing financial support to enhance library resources and services; and supporting fundraising.

Heritage Protocol & University Archives

Published, unpublished, audio, and visual materials, memorabilia and ceremonial objects, and official university records.

Human Resources

FSU Libraries Human Resources is dedicated to making a difference by providing comprehensive human resource services and partnering with the University Libraries community to support its goals and programs. HR provides employment information for all positions.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service where a student, faculty, or staff of Florida State University may obtain books or obtain photocopies of articles from other institutions. We Search the World for You... and Deliver!

Learning Commons (Services to Undergraduates and Visitors)

The Learning Commons is located on the first floor of Strozier Library. Serving primarily undergraduate students, the LC provides a variety of resources and spaces designed to support student academic success and promote social connections.

Panama City Library, Republic of Panama

Panama City Library, Republic of Panama serves the FSU population of Panama.

Vision, Mission and Core Values


Building pathways to knowledge through service, leadership and innovation


The University Libraries support teaching, research, and intellectual inquiry at Florida State University by providing diverse scholarly resources and innovative services within dynamic learning environments.

Core Values

University Libraries employees are committed to the following values:

• Superb customer service
• Commitment to building, preserving and providing access to relevant collections that contribute to the global scholarly community

• Professional development and personal growth to achieve highest levels of expertise

• Innovation and resourcefulness
• Culture of positive and open communication internally and externally

 University Libraries employees are committed to a workplace culture that:

• Recruits, retains, and develops high caliber employees
• Fosters integrity and trust
• Shows fairness, collegiality, and respect for others
• Shares information both horizontally and vertically
• Supports teamwork and collaboration within a positive environment
• Respects privacy and confidentiality
• Is proactive and flexible
• Recognizes and rewards success and service
About Florida State University
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Florida State University is a public, fully accredited, coeducational institution, and one of 11 institutions of Florida's State University System, which is directed by the Florida Board of Governors. Located in Tallahassee, Florida's capital city, the university affords students and faculty opportunities for interaction with state and federal agencies for internships, research and part-time employment, as well as numerous social, cultural, and recreational activities.

Florida State was established as the Seminary West of the Suwannee by an act of the Florida Legislature in 1851. The institution first offered instruction at the postsecondary level in 1857 and is the longest continuous site of higher education in Florida. In 1905, the Buckman Act reorganized higher education in the state and designated the Tallahassee school as the Florida Female College. In 1909, it was renamed Florida State College for Women. In 1935 Florida State University, at that time Florida State College for Women, was awarded the first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in Florida and is among the ten percent of American universities to have earned a chapter of the national academic honor society. In 1947, the school returned to coeducational status, and the name was changed to Florida State University. Florida State University is one of two Florida public universities to immediately qualify as a "preeminent university" by law under Florida Senate Bill 1076.

The university's main campus encompasses 445.7 acres in Tallahassee, Leon County; the Panama City Campus has 25.6 acres in Panama City, Bay County. The university owns a total of 1,588.1 acres in Leon, Bay, Collier, Franklin, Sarasota and Gadsden counties. In addition, sites are leased in Marion and Leon counties in Florida and other locations overseas.
With 17 colleges, students can take courses of study leading to a baccalaureate degree in 215 fields, in 105 degree-programs. Master's or advanced master's degrees are offered in 117-degree programs, in 245 fields. There are specialist degrees in 22 programs, and doctoral degrees in 76 programs.
Florida State's more than 40,000 students have the opportunity to work and study amidst a diverse and outstanding faculty. Faculty includes a Nobel Laureate, three active members of the National Academy of Sciences, two active members of the National Academy of Engineering, two active members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, two Pulitzer Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, Oscar winners, Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities fellows, 11 active Guggenheim Fellowship recipients and over 30 Fulbright Scholars. Florida State faculty members lead several scholarly fields in citations to published work and hold multiple honors in the arts, including the Academy Award, Kennedy Center Honors, the Grammy Award, and the Capezio and BESSIE Dance Awards.
Florida State is located a mere four blocks from the state Capitol, which affords students from many academic disciplines opportunities for employment or internships with legislators and state agencies. It is home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, which has the world's most- powerful magnets.
In 2012, Florida State celebrated 50 years of integration with three days of commemorative events in April to honor the pioneering African-American students who were admitted in the 1960s. Also in April, the university's Flying High Circus marked its 65th anniversary. It is one of two collegiate circuses in the United States.

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business, and law. At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science, and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory--home to the world's most powerful magnets.
Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.
With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.
During the Fall 2010 semester, 69 National Merit Scholars, 9 National Achievement Scholars, and 17 Hispanic Scholars enrolled at Florida State University.
Florida State University recognizes that every competitive advantage begins with people. By valuing, celebrating and leveraging the differences and similarities of our students, faculty and staff, we inspire an environment of innovation and passion - one that enables Florida State University to create a teaching, research and service environment that better reflects the needs of students, faculty, staff, customers, constituents, communities and other key stakeholders.
Diversity and inclusion have long been a part of the operating philosophy at the University. In the context of the workplace, valuing diversity means creating a workplace that respects and includes differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals with many types of differences can make, and creates a work environment that maximizes the potential of all employees. As a concept, it focuses on a broader set of qualities than race and gender.

Florida State University Mission and Vision Statement
The Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts. The university is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, creative endeavors, and service. The university strives to instill the strength, skill, and character essential for lifelong learning, personal responsibility, and sustained achievement within a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity.
The Florida State University will be one of the world's premier institutions of higher education, devoted to transforming the lives of our students, shaping the future of our state and society, and offering programs of national and international distinction in a climate of inquiry, engagement, collegiality, diversity, and achievement.
The school's athletic teams are called the Seminoles, derived from the Seminole people. The name was chosen by students in 1947 and is officially sanctioned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida; the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma also consents to its use. Florida State's athletes participate in the NCAA's Division I (Bowl Subdivision for football) and in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Florida State University is known for its competitive athletics in both men and women's sports competitions. The men's program consists of baseball, basketball, cross country running, football, golf, swimming, tennis, and track & field. The women's program consists of basketball, cross country running, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. FSU's Intercollegiate Club sports include bowling, crew, rugby, soccer, and lacrosse.

The City of Tallahassee
Tallahassee is the capital of the State of Florida. It is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Leon County, and is the 125th largest city in the United States. Tallahassee became the capital of Florida, then the Florida Territory, in 1824.
In 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 181,376, and the Tallahassee metropolitan area is 375,371 as of 2012.
Tallahassee is a center for trade and agriculture in the Florida Panhandle and is served by Tallahassee Regional Airport. As the state capital, the city is home to a number of law firms, lobbying organizations, trade associations, and professional associations, including the Florida Bar and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. It is also a recognized regional center for scientific research, and home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
The Position
The Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services will have administrative responsibility for three key areas: the Learning Commons, the Scholars Commons, and the Science/Technology Commons, which serve FSU’s undergraduate, graduate student/faculty, and science/engineering communities, respectively.
As part of the Libraries’ Senior Leadership team, the AD for Research and Learning Services works closely with the Dean and other library leaders to create a vision for present and future library services, and to plan and implement programs and facilities that best meet student and faculty needs.

The successful candidate will have experience in library services in a research university, as designated by Carnegie classification. He or she will be committed to progressive, innovative library programs and services; nurturing and developing a well-trained, motivated, highly service-oriented staff; and continuous learning and growth at every level of the organization; and supporting advanced research and scholarship.

Qualifications and Experience
Minimum Qualifications:
• Masters degree from an ALA-accredited library program.

• Minimum 5 years of professional experience providing services in a research university (or comparable) environment.

• Demonstrated effectiveness in supervision and management, including a progressively increasing scope of management responsibility in an academic/research library or similar setting.

• Knowledge of current trends in higher education, particularly as related to large research universities.

• Significant experience supporting sponsored research in a university environment.

• Ability to articulate a vision for public services and provide leadership to achieve organizational goals and priorities.

• Experience in planning and implementing research and instructional services.

• Knowledge of issues related to scholarly communication and evolving information policy.

• Commitment to serving diverse constituencies including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and researchers and the general public.

• Ability to work effectively in a team environment and foster teamwork among others, including managers and staff across other Library divisions.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated capability in analysis and problem solving.

• A record of scholarly engagement, such as presentations, publications, and leadership in appropriate professional organizations.

Preferred Qualifications:
A second advanced degree and direct experience in the following areas:

  • Support of graduate-level scholarship;

  • Robust assessment programs; and

  • Development and management of effective instruction programs.


Minimum $110,000. Offer commensurate with education and qualifications.

Additional Details:
This is a full-time, 12-month non-tenured faculty appointment. Benefits include 22 days vacation, 13 days sick leave, group medical, dental, and life insurance, an optional retirement program or state retirement, and no state or local income tax. With Dean’s approval, may qualify for University tuition scholarship for up to six hours credit each semester.
Applicant Review
The search committee will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately.  For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by _______. 
How to Apply
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Florida State University in the search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination including contact information for the nominee. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a curriculum vitae or resume and five references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Jan Greenwood, Betty Turner Asher, Partners

Shelley Sullivan Feather, Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272




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