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School of Library and Information Science Seeks Director

Posted Jan. 26, 2012

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

The successful candidate will be a dynamic leader and a creative, entrepreneurial visionary who can realize the school’s current initiatives and foster an innovative and productive school of library and information science that educates professionals, leaders, scholars and active participants for the knowledge economy.
The successful candidate will have the following:

  • a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science or related field;
  • a research and teaching record appropriate to appointment at the rank of professor;
  • demonstrated leadership skills related to management of academic 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.

Salary and Benefits

Kent State offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. See benefit details at

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 July 1, 2012.

A letter of interest and vitae should be submitted online at (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. Preliminary interviews will be held at ALISE in January 2012.

Contact Information

For additional information, questions or nominations, contact:
Athena Salaba, Ph.D., Associate Professor
School of Library and Information Science
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Jeff Fruit, Chair, SLIS Director Search Committee
Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent OH 44242-0001

The Chair of the Search Committee, Jeff Fruit, and several SLIS faculty members will be attending the ALISE conference in January. If you will be at the conference and would like to discuss this position, please contact Dr. Salaba to schedule an appointment.

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

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