Drew University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Libraries. Reflecting Drew’s conviction that the Library should be the intellectual heart of the campus, the Dean of Libraries plays a central role at the University. Reporting directly to the President, the Dean is a member of the University Cabinet and an equal of the other three academic deans. The next Dean will be an integral member of the administrative team of Drew’s new President, Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger, and will be part of the new direction and energy she brings to the University. The organizational position of the Dean reflects Drew’s expectation that the leader of the Library will be truly an academic dean.
Founded in 1867 as a theological seminary in the United Methodist tradition, Drew is a small university with a unique cluster of schools: an undergraduate college of liberal arts and sciences, a graduate school offering a select number of humanities-rich master’s and doctoral degrees, and a theological seminary that offers graduate degrees that prepare students for church vocations as well teaching and scholarship. In all three schools, the hallmarks of a Drew education are a student-centered faculty and staff, close student/faculty interaction, academically rigorous programs, deep grounding in the humanities, an emphasis on experiential learning, strongly interdisciplinary perspectives, and extensive engagement with the community, both locally and internationally. The University enrolls some 2,200 students and has 270 faculty members. The largest of its schools, the undergraduate college of liberal arts and sciences, enrolls some 1,500 students, 88 percent of whom live on campus. The University has a long tradition of civic engagement. Less than an hour from New York City, Drew has developed a variety of connections with the City as well as the local community in all three of its schools. Going back to its founding as a theological seminary, it also has a long tradition of enrolling international students and having significant relations with other countries and cultures. Its recently-created INTO New York program affords promising international students the opportunity to make a successful transition to American collegiate expectations and provides access to Drew as well as several other colleges and universities in the greater New York City area. In recognition of its pervasive commitment to civic engagement, Drew was recently awarded the Community Engagement Designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The Dean of Libraries has oversight of the University Library, which houses the collection for all three schools, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Together, the Libraries hold 643,000 print volumes, 120,000 ebooks, 72,000 online journals, 315 databases—all searchable online from a single search box. The University Library is also a depository of federal and state government documents. The United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History is the official archival repository for the United Methodist Church and contains the richest collection of United
Methodist materials in the world. Drew also has significant holdings in Willa Cather, Walt Whitman, Byron, 19th and 20th century cartoon and graphic arts, the New Jersey governorship of Thomas H. Kean, and theological and religious source materials. The new Dean will be expected to lead the faculty and staff and students in recasting the vision for the Library as the intellectual heart of the campus in ways that address Drew’s special needs and opportunities in the 21st century. This will require the new Dean to foster a culture of innovation and assessment and to develop new ways for the Libraries to support the University’s expanding programs of civic engagement and connections with the greater
New York City area and the global community.
The successful candidate will be deeply grounded in the liberal arts and eager to look at old issues in new ways. This will require someone who is a natural collaborator, who works well with all members of the University community, and who easily engages external constituencies and quickly becomes a valued partner in a variety of projects and conversations outside the University.
For further information about the position and instructions to apply, please visit http://agbsearch.com/searches/dean-libraries-drew-university. For fullest consideration, the search committee would like to receive applications by
September 28, 2015.