The University of the Incarnate Word seeks applications for a visionary leader to serve as
Dean of Libraries
The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is the largest Catholic university in Texas. Global enrollment has reached 10,389 as the university is recognized as No. 1 nationally among faith-based universities in the conferring of bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics. It welcomes to its community, persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good. UIW offers more than 90 academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels and includes five health professional schools and online distance education programs for the adult learner. For nine consecutive years, UIW has been named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, this is the 8th consecutive year that UIW has received the prestigious Honor Roll designation.
University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good.
The Dean of Library Services provides the visionary leadership for library services in keeping with the University Mission. S/he leads the library support of academic programs that span health professional schools, graduate and undergraduate programs, and adult distance education programs. The Dean of Library Services plans, directs and manages all library operations and services at the main campus and at health professional school sites around the city; develops and oversees library budgets; works closely with faculty and other Deans to support teaching, learning and research. With an enthusiasm for advances in library technologies and innovative service techniques that benefit today’s learners, the Dean of Library Services leads the planning process and develops strategies for the future of library services. Acts as an official representative and advocate of the library in the University, state and regional library communities; promotes public relations and fundraising; fosters regional and state-wide cooperation in resource sharing and networking.
This position is considered a “Responsible Employee” under University of the Incarnate Word’s Sexual Misconduct Policy with reporting responsibilities as set out in the policy.
1. Recruits, develops, supervises and evaluates library professionals and staff. 2. Manages various restricted and unrestricted library budgets totaling over $3.2 million. 3. Oversees the management and development of collections that include holdings of over 158,000 volumes, 270 journal subscriptions and 227 electronic databases. 4. Responsible for reporting IPEDS data for all UIW Libraries (five sites). 5. Responsible for writing accreditation reports. 6. Sits on Provost’s Deans’ Council, Graduate Curriculum Council, Information Resources leadership team, and other university committees as needed. 7. Encourages information literacy and advocates for the appropriate level and type of information resources for learners and researchers. 8. Promotes the educational and personal development goals of the community through provision of appropriate library resources, services, equipment, and facilities. 9. Provides quality services for the various university constituencies and off-campus programs. 10. Assesses user satisfaction and elicit suggestions for improvement. 11. Cooperates with other deans, administrators and those served in planning for future development of library services, resources, equipment, and facilities. 12. Communicates with patrons and administration to interpret the library program. 13. Participates in local, statewide, and national library consortia to advance the Mabee Library through beneficial partnerships. 14. Serves the broader community with on-site and interlibrary loan sharing of the Mabee Library resources. 15. Seeks and applies for outside funding to develop various opportunities, purposes and projects.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
- A deep understanding of the challenges facing libraries and higher education and the intellectual ability to envision opportunities and develop strategies to meet the needs of the learning and research community. - Ability to lead and administer all matters relating to University library operations - Keep current with innovative technology solutions for libraries of the 21st century. - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills - Proven success in the implementation of effective and innovative library services. - Ability to develop a strong collaborative working environment in a complex organization -Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. -Employee shall adhere to all applicable rules and regulations of the University, the Conference, and the NCAA.
Masters of Library Science (MLS) or American Library Association (ALA) accredited degree equivalent
Required Work Experience
Five years of library management or similar experience demonstrating leadership and management skills in an academic setting
Evidence of effective fiscal resource management
Advanced degree or PhD
Five to ten years of progressively responsible library administrative and supervisory experience.
Record of scholarship, research and professional service.
Internal Number: CA016PO
About University of the Incarnate Word
One of the leading comprehensive universities in Texas, the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio strives to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens with values developed in a Judeo-Christian tradition. In 1881 the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word founded Incarnate Word College as a center of higher education for young women. The college was admitted to membership in the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1919, and joined the Texas Association of Colleges as a senior college in 1920. The Graduate Studies division was established in 1950. Male students were first admitted into the college's undergraduate programs in 1970. Incarnate Word College became the University of the Incarnate Word in 1996. Today, UIW is a Hispanic-Serving Institution under federal guidelines.
UIW is the largest Catholic university in Texas and the fourth-largest private university in the state. The enrollment reflects the diversity of South Texas, as more than 60 percent of the students are from racial or ethnic minority groups. UIW is ranked No. 1 nationally among faith-based universities in the conferring of bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics... by the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, and No. 6 nationally among all private, not-for-profit universities. International students comprise 14% of the student body, and they represent over 70 countries. Seventy-five percent of the students depend upon financial aid. A majority of the students are first-generation college attendees.
UIW offers 80 undergraduate and graduate fields of study, including the Ph.D. in Education and doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.), optometry (OD), nursing practice (DNP), physical therapy (DPT) and business administration (DBA). UIW is one of twenty universities in the U.S. with an optometry program, while the pharmacy school is the only one in Texas at a private university. In fall, 2017, the School of Osteopathic Medicine will welcome its first class of students to a new facility at Brooks City Base.
In athletics, UIW is a member of the Division 1 Southland Conference. UIW fielded its first football team in 2009, which plays in Benson Stadium, named after New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson.
With a student-to-faculty classroom ratio of 14:1, UIW is a wireless campus that provides students with an environment that encourages excellence in academics. As part of its international efforts, UIW has agreements for reciprocal education with 123 universities in 40 countries. It also operates academic sites in Mexico City and Irapuato, Mexico, and Heidelberg, Germany.
In 2017, UIW was chosen as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” in a national survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the ninth year in a row it has received this prestigious distinction. UIW also made the national Top 10 Honor Roll for eight consecutive years, in the medium-sized classification for universities with enrollments between 3,000 and 9,999 students. The graduate nursing program has been recognized as one of the top 65 graduate programs nationally by U.S. News Media Group.
The University of the Incarnate Word is accredited to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It also is accredited by the Texas Education Agency, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing, the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, the American Music Therapy Association, the Council of Education of the Deaf, the American Dietetic Association, and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.