Dean of the Library and Learning Resources
Application deadline: October 27, 2023
Senior Consultant: Ann Die Hasselmo
Consultant: Chris Butler
Associate Consultant: Kate Cusimano
California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) invites confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the Library and Learning Resources. The Dean provides vision, leadership, and administrative oversight for the academic library services of the John Spoor Broome Library, the Learning Resource Center, and the Writing & Multiliteracy Center, designed to collaboratively support student learning, academic success, and innovative educational practices campuswide.
The John Spoor Broome Library enhances the CSUCI mission of interdisciplinary, international, multicultural, and service learning by planning and promoting the use of collections and services and supports student learning via its robust information literacy program. The library actively collaborates with students, faculty, and staff in developing its range of services.
With an operating budget of roughly $140 million, CSUCI enrolled 5,643 students, including 171 graduate and post-baccalaureate students (Fall 2022). At full capacity, CSUCI is expected to eventually serve 15,000 full-time equivalent students. CSUCI offers 27 undergraduate majors, eight graduate degrees, and a number of credential and certificate programs. Students have access to highly engaging curricular and co-curricular learning experiences, with outstanding faculty and staff, small class sizes, innovative applications of instructional technologies in their in-person, online, and hybrid classes, and other high-impact learning practices including service learning, undergraduate research, and study abroad opportunities in 20 countries. CSUCI has earned national distinctions because of its faculty, work environment, community service, student/faculty research, and efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2023, CSUCI was ranked among the top 30 “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” for the ninth year in a row. The University has been recognized four times by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For.” U.S News & World Report recently ranked CSUCI 28th for Regional Universities West, overall – and at 12th for Top Public Schools in that category and 11th for Social Mobility. CSUCI achieved the designation of Hispanic Serving Institution in 2009. In 2019, CSUCI was the first CSU campus and one of only nine institutions in the nation to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia, a prestigious, voluntary, and comprehensive certification granted by the Washington, D.C.-based organization, Excelencia in Education. The University was recertified with the Seal of Excelencia in 2022.
In keeping with the mission of the CSU system, CSUCI simultaneously provides a student-centered, world-class education while offering access to many groups traditionally excluded from higher education. Student demographics as of Spring 2022 include the following: Female (66%), Male (34%), Non-binary (0.2%); First Generation (59%); Low Income (48%); Hispanic/Latino(a) (60%); White (23%); Asian American (6%); African American (2%); Native American/Alaskan (0.2%); Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (0.2%); two or more ethnicities (4%); with 3% of students not reporting ethnicity. Veterans and their dependents comprise 2% of CSUCI’s student body.
CSUCI is located 4.5 miles south of the city of Camarillo in Ventura County, roughly 50 miles north of Los Angeles. As a regional campus in the CSU system, CSUCI serves all of Ventura County and the southern part of Santa Barbara County — a region that enjoys a rich mix of ethnic diversity. The local economy relies on six key industry sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, construction, health services, professional/scientific/technical services, and leisure/hospitality.
CSUCI seeks a Dean of the Library and Learning Resources who will provide vision and dynamic leadership for innovative library and learning services to enhance and support curriculum, instruction, and student success. The Dean will articulate and guide the strategic contributions of the library, centers, and programs in supporting excellence in teaching, learning, research, and scholarship at CSUCI, while supporting, implementing, and advancing the University’s commitment to equity, multicultural education, and social justice in all aspects of employment and education, staffing, curriculum, programs, and services.
The successful candidate will have the necessary experiences, skills, competencies, and disposition to serve in this role, including:
- A terminal degree in Library and Information Science or an advanced degree accredited by the American Library Association in a closely related subject area (including, but not limited to, archival studies, library education, informatics, museum studies).
- A sustained record of professional and scholarly activity to qualify for appointment at the tenured full Librarian level.
- A significant record of effective strategic planning, supervisory, administrative, and financial management experience in an academic library at an accredited institution of higher education.
- A strong service orientation and ability to balance needs of Library and Learning Resources with the campus and community.
- Evidence of a solid history of exercising fiscal and resource stewardship.
- Experience in, or demonstrated commitment to, advancing diverse populations.
- Demonstrated success in fostering a collaborative, creative, and collegial environment including evidence of collaborative decision-making.
- A strong understanding of the role of writing and multiliteracy centers, learning resources, and tutoring centers on campus.
- A strong understanding of current issues and trends in archival and digital pedagogy and scholarship, designing of information literacy, intellectual property, scholarly communication, and holistic assessment.
- A service orientation, superior communication skills, and a collegial leadership style.
- Proven ability to work with professional integrity and a commitment to build strong relationships that respect diversity of identity, background, and perspectives.
More information, including an institutional profile with a full list of responsibilities and preferred qualifications, can be found at: https://academicsearch.org/open-searches-public/entry/16805/?search=16805
How to Apply
The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Applications should consist of a substantive letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant’s background in relationship to the qualifications described, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:
The position is open until filled, but only applications received by Friday, October 27, 2023, can be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Die Hasselmo and Chris Butler. The expected annual salary range for this position is $184,000 – $210,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
California State University Channel Islands is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status or protected veteran status.