Associate Dean for Research and Student Engagement— University of Houston

Post date: Nov 9, 2021


The University of Houston Libraries seeks to recruit a strategic leader for the position of Associate Dean for Research and Student Engagement. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, this key leadership position is a newly created portfolio as part of a recent organizational restructure that will position UH Libraries to advance the teaching and research mission of a dynamic research university. The portfolio includes the Information and Access Services Department, Research Services Department, and the Teaching and Learning Department. The successful candidate will provide vision and strategic goals for building a collaborative and integrated approach to library roles and responsibilities that connect to the university’s strategic plan.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Libraries’ senior administrative team, consisting of a total of four associate deans. The associate deans will work in a team based and highly collaborative environment on idea generation, strategic planning, budgeting, and decision making to ensure employees, services, and spaces achieve the university’s goals. There will be opportunities to build skills in the areas of budget formulation and planning, and space assessment and planning.

Additionally, as a leader in UH Libraries, the person in this position will be expected to help advance our diversity and inclusion goals, and contribute to an environment where all employees can grow and advance. We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.



  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program

  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in and out of the Libraries

  • Demonstrated commitment to building a diverse and inclusive organization

  • Demonstrated success with goal setting and strategic planning for units

  • Experience with teaching and learning, or student success, or research services

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and build campus partnerships

  • Familiarity with the research landscape in higher education with an understanding of the research library’s role in that environment

  • Familiarity with trends and best practices in information literacy

  • Supervisory experience


  • Experience with fostering inclusive and accessible spaces

  • Experience supporting curricular and co-curricular campus academic initiatives

  • Familiarity with key research services areas such as digital humanities, open access publishing, and data management and curation

  • Budgeting experience

  • Experience supporting employee professional development

  • Demonstrated commitment to leadership development

  • Familiarity with project management principles

Salary: $145,000 to 150,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted at

Visit UH Libraries Employment page for more information

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the university prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.