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Nominations and Applications Welcome

The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University is seeking nominations of and applications from qualified and outstanding candidates for the Director, School of Library and Information Science and Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science.

Kent State University supports equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity in education and employment. Applications from minority group members and women are strongly encouraged.

Kent State is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community. This is one of several core values we embrace as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of Ohio, the nation, and our world. Our diverse community reflects the unique strengths and abilities, which contribute to our pursuit of Inclusive Excellence in Action.

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For information about part-time faculty positions, please see http://www.kent.edu/slis/people/faculty/part-time-teaching-positions-in-slis.cfm.

 

Director, School of Library and Information Science - Position #998241

Kent State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the School of Library and Information Science. 

Opportunity
To provide academic and administrative leadership for the School of Library and Information Science within the College of Communication and Information. Provide leadership and direction; analyze situations and develop effective solutions.

Qualifications
Earned doctorate in Library and Information Science, or related field; a research and teaching record appropriate at the rank of professor; demonstrated leadership skills related to management of academic and/or related programs, including an understanding of business models, financial management, and distance learning through a variety of formats and platforms; a collaborative management style, with effectiveness in change management; creative, entrepreneurial, and inclusive leadership abilities; a commitment to academic excellence and student success; an ability to recruit, sustain, and retain faculty and staff; an ability to effectively represent the school within the college and university, to prospective and current students, to alumni, and to external organizations, agencies and other stakeholders; a demonstrated commitment to diversity.

The complete position description is available at http://jobs.kent.edu.


Salary and Benefits

Kent State offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. See benefit details at http://www.kent.edu/hr/forms/benefits/upload/ft-benefits-in-brief.pdf.

Learn more about the school, the university and the Kent, Ohio, area.


How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but the preferred starting date is Aug. 1, 2014.

A letter of interest and vitae should be submitted online at https://jobs.kent.edu. (Use the position number indicated above for faster searching on the Kent State employment site.) Names of at least three references should be provided with the application.

Kent State University is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community. This is one of several core values we embrace as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of Ohio, the nation and our world. Our diverse community reflects the unique strengths and abilities, which contribute to our pursuit of Inclusive Excellence in Action.


Contact Information: Director Search

For additional information, questions or nominations, contact:
 
LuEtt Hanson, Ph.D.,
Search Committee Chair - Director position
Associate Dean, College of Communication and Information
Kent State University
Email: lhanson@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-2950

Director Position search committee members

Dr. Carolyn Brodie, Professor
Ms. Flo Cunningham, Marketing Communications and Public Relations Specialist
Dr. Christine Hudak, Professor
Ms. Nancy Lensenmayer, Lecturer
Dr. Marianne Martens, Assistant Professor
Dr. David Robins,
Associate Professor
Dr. Yin Zhang, Professor
Khalil Dixon, student representative


Tentative search schedule - Director position

Immediately: Review of applications
Week of Feb. 10: Phone interviews
Weeks of Feb. 24 and March 3: Campus visits
Week of March 10: Selection decision


About the University, School and Location

The School of Library and Information Science:
  • Is one of the largest professional library and information science programs in North America, with 650 graduate students at two program sites in Ohio and thriving online and distance components.
  • Is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 18 graduate schools in the field, and the youth librarianship program is ranked 10th.
  • Offers the only American Library Association accredited Master’s degree program (M.L.I.S.) in Ohio, with strengths ranging from traditional library careers such as public librarianship, children's and young adult, K-12 school libraries and organization of information to digital libraries, digital preservation and museum studies.
  • Offers the Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM); both degrees are offered online.
  • Has facilities at two campuses, Kent and Columbus (housed in the State Library of Ohio), with newly renovated and expanded spaces for research and instruction.
  • Is characterized by a creative, innovative, diverse, collegial, collaborative and highly productive faculty, with an excellent record in scholarship and grantsmanship.
  • Is a member of a dynamic, unique college, the College of Communication and Information (CCI), whose other schools are Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication and Visual Communication Design, with demonstrated success in collaboration and inter-disciplinary research.
  • Offers doctoral studies through the CCI interdisciplinary doctoral program.
  • Is a leader on campus in the use of information technologies for pedagogical innovations and online course delivery, having instructional support staff as well as student services staff.

www.kent.edu/slis


The College of Communication and Information (CCI)

Four academic programs united in July 2002 to establish the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. The Schools of Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, Library and Information Science and Visual Communication Design joined in one college to create a unique learning community and to begin a pioneering effort in integrative research and professional practice. The College of Communication and Information continues to build its reputation for collaborative, applied and theoretical research while providing a first-class education for the next generations of communicators and leaders.

The College of Communication and Information serves its students with broad course offerings, experiential education, global programming and other professional and scholarly opportunities that prepare them for their careers. Through integrative education at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, the college promotes an atmosphere in which professional preparation and research, led by a dedicated faculty, work together to guide its students’ development and to assist the advancement of its fields.

The doctoral program in the college provides students with a foundation in communication and information, allowing specialization to each student’s developing areas of expertise and research. The evolution of communication technologies and digital information systems has narrowed historic differences among the academic disciplines within the field of communication. The Ph.D. program in the College of Communication and Information provides a unified structure that promotes research, teaching and application of the scientific, humanistic, psycho-social and visual communication principles of communication and information in the digital age.

www.kent.edu/cci


Kent State University

Kent State University's eight-campus system, among the largest regional systems in the country, serves both the development of a true living/learning approach at the Kent Campus and the regional needs on seven other campuses throughout Northeast Ohio. It is ranked in the first-tier in the Best National Universities category with its inclusion in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Kent State is ranked among the nation's 74 public research universities demonstrating high-research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university has more than 200,000 alumni worldwide, representing all 50 states in the United States and more than 100 countries.

The prospectus that was developed for the recent university president search provides a wonderful overview of the university and all that it has to offer: http://www.kent.edu/president/presidentialsearch/prospectus/upload/13-1644_presidential_pro_final.pdf.

www.kent.edu

Kent, Ohio:

  • is located in the heart of Northeast Ohio on the banks of the Cuyahoga River;
  • is within a short drive of rural communities, major recreation and attractions, and major urban areas:
  • 36 miles southeast of Cleveland
  • 10 miles northeast of Akron
  • 20 miles north of Canton
  • 35 miles west of Youngstown
  • is the largest city in Portage County, within 500 miles of 55 percent of the total U.S. population.
  • in addition to being the home of Kent State University, is in close proximity to three institutions of higher education: 15 miles east of the University of Akron, 6 miles northwest of the Northeast Ohio Medical University, 6 miles southwest of Hiram College;
  • boasts a thriving intellectual and cultural community with art galleries, live music (including the renowned Kent State Folk Festival, now in its 45th year), historic sites, lectures, theater and poetry -- on and off campus;
  • is undergoing a major downtown revival, with new shops, restaurants, businesses, apartments and condos -- plus the new Kent State University Convention Center (opened in 2013).

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