University of Arizona – Department Head


POSITION TITLE:    Department Head
DEPARTMENT:   Student Learning and Engagement
CLASSIFICATION:Continuing Eligible or Continuing Status Track
REPORTS TO: Gerald Perry, Associate Dean


The University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) seeks an experienced, engaged and imaginative leader for our Student Learning & Engagement (SLE) Department.  Within the department are four focused units:

  • CATalyst Studios and Experiential Learning (including our makerspace),
  • Instructional Design and eLearning,
  • Learning and Student Success, and
  • Reference and Research Consultation.

These units work together to help ensure SLE is instrumental in student learning and success across campus, including through the strategic and selective integration of information and digital literacy into the curriculum. Through partnerships with a diverse range of campus programs, we help to build students’ research, digital and information literacy, and maker skills. We invest in activities designed to foster a sense of belonging, and we collaborate with campus partners on ways to engage with students from underrepresented populations, including first year, first generation, transfer, and international students. We strive in our efforts to create inclusive and equitable spaces and services that offer access to innovative technologies and a broad range of expertise.

The department head works closely with department members to facilitate a shared vision and commitment to the strategic priorities of the Libraries, particularly those focusing on teaching, learning and student success.  The department comprises 16 employees including the department head, ten librarians, and six staff members.  Librarian portfolios include both functional and liaison duties with responsibility for providing instruction in assigned areas.

The incumbent facilitates and supports UAL’s inclusive and dynamic instructional programming for undergraduate and graduate students, collaborating with UAL department heads in Research Engagement (RE), Health Sciences Library (HSL) and Special Collections (SC).  The department head leads and coordinates the work of the department in all Main Campus areas of undergraduate education, information literacy instruction, needs assessment, reference services and outreach.  The head works in partnership with the leadership of RE, SC, and HSL to align the departments’ work in the area of graduate education.

The incumbent provides leadership (facilitation, influence, guidance) and management oversight (hiring, training, coaching, evaluating department members and requesting, allocating and monitoring funds) to ensure department members reach their potential and are able to succeed in unit, department, and library-wide activities.  The head supports the professional development and growth of staff, including coaching and guiding library faculty through the promotion and continuing status process.  The incumbent represents the Libraries in collaborative campus and community (local, state, national) activities concerning undergraduate education, outreach and information literacy. 

The SLE department head is a member of Cabinet, the administrative leadership team for the University of Arizona Libraries, and participates in or sponsors library-wide cross-functional or campus-wide projects.  As a Cabinet member, the incumbent participates in library-wide policy development, budget allocation and management oversight for library projects and processes. 

The position promotes the department’s commitment to customer-focused and library-wide systems thinking by sharing the larger context in which the Libraries operates. The head fosters a commitment to the Libraries’ mission, vision, and values through shared understanding.

The department head will also be appointed to a continuing-status track, academic professional position at the rank of Associate or Full Librarian. Incumbents are members of the general faculty and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the Arizona Board of Regents and the University of Arizona. Retention and promotion are earned through achieving a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service. Compensation includes a base salary linked to academic rank plus a stipend for department head responsibilities.

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Diversity Commitment:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.


  • Leads the department, working closely with unit leads and individual contributors (librarians and staff), to achieve the Libraries’ and department’s goals and priorities established through strategic planning processes. Engages department members in planning, goal setting, and problem solving.
  • Facilitates and provides oversight in the design, implementation, maintenance, and assessment of key library instruction programs and co-curricular outreach activities, building on existing relationships and seeking new partnerships with academic departments and programs
  • Provides leadership for the Libraries’ efforts to measure the impact of library instruction programs on library services, academic departments, and student learning.
  • Supervises SLE unit leads and engages with them in planning efforts, program development and assessment, budget formulation and allocation of resources in support of the Libraries’ mission.  Supports unit leads in their supervisory roles.
  • Proactively engages with fellow department heads and the campus community to facilitate the delivery of innovative, timely and impactful library instruction and co-curricular outreach services in alignment with the campus’ student success priorities.
  • Understands, advocates for, communicates, and exhibits commitment to the Libraries’ mission, vision, values and goals, and effectively conveys the broader context in which the Libraries operate.
  • Communicates the rationale behind decisions to inform and clarify Cabinet’s work to the Libraries.
  • Actively supports a workplace culture that values and promotes a partnership and service philosophy. Develops strong relationships and collaborates with UAL department heads, and with faculty and staff in other departments, to support clients’ needs and to advance the Libraries’ strategic priorities.
  • insures an environment which supports the professional development and growth of employees.
  • Contributes to SLE faculty members’ continuing status and promotion reviews as well as third-year faculty retention reviews.
  • Anticipates, initiates, and responds to changes in the environment, and keeps abreast of trends that impact higher education and the library profession.
  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.  The incumbent is expected to support the diversity and inclusiveness efforts of the department, Libraries, and campus.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Supervisory experience leading librarians/information professionals and staff in a complex academic environment, including mentoring and coaching for success.
  • Ability to serve as an advocate and champion on behalf of libraries/librarianship in academic environments.
  • Knowledge of the information resource needs of a large academic research university library, including reference services.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Strong demonstration of our values: collaboration, continuous learning, diversity, innovation, and integrity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.


  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or other relevant advanced degree.
  • Achievements in position effectiveness, service, and scholarship necessary to be hired at the rank of Associate or Full Librarian with continuing status (equivalent to tenure). 
  • A minimum of two (2) years of professional academic library experience at a leadership level, that includes knowledge of and experience providing core and emerging services in support of the teaching/learning and research mission of an academic library.
  • Experience leading a team, including supervision, with an emphasis on maximizing individual success and growth.
  • Experience as a liaison librarian, and with library-based instruction, in an academic library setting.


  • Experience coordinating or overseeing library instruction programming in an academic library setting.
  • Experience implementing innovative approaches to reference and/or liaison work.
  • Experience with strategic planning and translating the resulting strategies in programs or projects that can be implemented to further library goals.
  • Experience leading and supporting department faculty across the continuum of rank.
  • Experience with grants, contracts and other forms of extramural funding in academic contexts.