San Diego State University (SDSU), a dynamic national public research university, seeks an innovative and energetic leader to serve as Dean of Library.
The SDSU Library (the Library) is deeply committed to information literacy, lifelong learning, and research and creative endeavors in a welcoming and collaborative environment. The Library has a collection of nearly two million physical items that includes monographs, media, and journal volumes, provides access to numerous electronic resources and offers a variety of user-focused services, including over 600 public workstations, a computing hub, electronic classrooms, a digital humanities center and a makerspace designed to foster creativity and innovation. Special Collections and University Archives holds over 80,000 printed volumes, over 500 manuscripts and archival collections, 800 linear feet of university records, numerous graphic and ephemera collections, and digital collections.
Founded in 1897, San Diego State University began operating as the San Diego Normal School, a training facility for elementary school teachers. A member of The California State University system since its inception in 1960, SDSU has grown to become a leading public research university. With over 34,000 students, SDSU is committed to providing its students with a transformational college experience. Faculty and staff are deeply invested in creating social mobility pathways and providing resources that help graduate a large first generation, underrepresented student population who go on to become future global citizens, compassionate leaders and ethical innovators around the world. Over the past six years, San Diego State University has vaulted in the U.S. News & World Report's rankings to No. 127 among national universities overall, up 30 spots from its position as No. 165 in 2012. U.S. News also placed SDSU as No. 45 nationally among "most innovative schools". A Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) since 2012 and recipient of a 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, SDSU is sincerely committed to diversity and inclusion in all forms.
The dean is the chief administrative officer for the Library, and reports to the provost and senior vice president and serves as a member of the Academic Deans Council. The dean must be a person who can lead energetically and with vision, and who has a substantial record of personal excellence related to the oversight and management of all aspects of library operations, including budget, personnel, facilities, technology, policy development, instruction, fundraising and co-curricular programming.
For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 21, 2020. Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile located at www.wittkieffer.com. All application materials should be submitted to the candidate portal at https://candidateportal.wittkieffer.com.
Inquiries, nominations and questions may be directed to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search, Ryan Crawford and Jessica Herrington, at [email protected]. The consultants can be reached through the desk of Marietta DeMauro, executive search coordinator, at 630-575-6975.
San Diego State University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.
The mission of San Diego State University is to provide research-oriented, high-quality education for under - graduate and graduate students and to contribute to the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service. The university strives to impart an appreciation and broad understanding of the human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education extends to diverse cultural legacies and accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology; the advancement of human thought, including philosophy and science; the development of economic, political, and social institutions; and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment. San Diego State University pursues its mission through its many diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
Academic and Community Engagement — San Diego State University is a community of leaders committed to student success and life-changing opportunities for students, such as study abroad, under - graduate research, leadership training, and entrepreneurial exp...eriences. SDSU is the oldest higher education institution in the San Diego region, and our deep community roots provide access to internships, mentoring relation - ships, and volunteer opportunities that complement and enhance the classroom experience. SDSU is an academically rich university that provides endless possibilities for students: bachelor’s degrees in 96 areas, master’s degrees in 80 fields, and 21 doctoral degrees (Ph.D., Ed.D., Au.D., and D.P.T.). SDSU is a place for the best and brightest to dream of who they will become and to make those dreams a reality.
Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - Diversity is a hallmark of San Diego State University, where students from all backgrounds achieve excellence and success. The university has been recognized nationally for large increases in graduation rates and for nearly eliminating achievement gaps among ethnic and racial groups. SDSU’s campus reflects the diversity of our region and the world beyond. Stu - dents from more than 90 nations con - tribute to SDSU’s dynamic mix of ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds. SDSU tied for No. 7 in the nation for ethnic and racial diversity, received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for five consecutive years, is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving institution, and is one of the top universities in economic diversity. More than half of our students and 43 percent of our tenure-track faculty members are women. We are a national model for educating military veterans, and we rank as one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly campuses in the nation. Through our “One SDSU Community” initiative, our campus fosters shared experiences, values, and aspirations that embrace our unique identities, respect our diversity, and recognize our common humanity.
Education and Global Perspectives — One of our goals at SDSU is to prepare global citizens. From curriculum content and cultural campus activities to international research and exchange programs, we are creating a global experience that will be transformational for our students. SDSU ranks No. 5 in the nation in the number of students who study abroad to gain new perspectives and to grow personally and intellectually. More than 3,000 SDSU students study abroad each year in more than 70 countries, including the United Kingdom, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Our campus-based academic programs reinforce this global perspective. These programs include the Center for International Business Education and Research; the Center for Latin American Studies; the International Security and Conflict Resolution degree program; and the International Business program, which ranks No. 12 in the nation.
Research and Creative Endeavors — San Diego State is a leading public research university with a thriving research agenda and competitive awards totaling over $134 million in 2017-2018 — including funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the California Department of Health Services. Undergraduate research and entrepreneurship are hallmarks of SDSU. Stu - dents collaborate with faculty and staff in on-campus laboratories to address national and global challenges, and they create new companies and social enterprises in our entrepreneurship and innovation centers. More than 90 SDSU students have earned prestigious Fulbright awards since 2005, while other students have received Gilman International Scholarships, Boren Awards for International Study, the Udall Scholarship for environmental work, and Gates Cambridge Scholarships.
Leadership Starts Here — SDSU lives by the ethos “Leadership Starts Here” – a pretty bold statement. It is also a promise – one that our students keep every day by focusing on academic excellence and engaging society’s challenges. SDSU’s legacy of leadership is found in research and innovation, entrepreneur - ship, community engagement, and global competition. SDSU alumni lead governments, businesses and organizations throughout the world. They are legislators, CEOs, company presidents and founders, school administrators, and engineers. Aztecs run biotech companies, accounting firms, restaurant chains, film studios, and hospitals, just to name a few.