Research and Education Associate Dean/Division Director— University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Post date: Jan 11, 2021

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Research and Education Associate Dean/Division Director, UNLV University Libraries [R0123205]


Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit us on line at:


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


As a strong partner in research and student learning, UNLV Libraries fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning at one of the nation's fastest growing universities. University Libraries comprises Lied Library and four branch libraries and we are a gateway to more than 80,000 electronic journals, 1.2 million volumes, and 1.4 million e-books. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds to join our growing organization of over 130 experienced faculty librarians, professionals, and staff members. The Research and Education (RED) Division has six departments (Library Liaisons Program, Educational Initiatives, Knowledge Production, Access Services, and Safety & Loss Prevention, Teacher Development & Resources Library), three branch libraries (Architecture Studies Library, Music Library, and Teacher Development & Resources Library), and has 40 staff members, of which 21 are library academic faculty. RED fosters collaborations that contribute to our users' academic success, research, and lifelong learning. This mission is realized through instruction of learners; partnerships with faculty to create an integrated information literacy-focused curriculum; provision of targeted information resources; expert, point-of need research assistance; and fostering competencies for lifelong inquiry.


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as leading a respectful, positive work environment. The University Libraries values begin with our belief that everyone deserves a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environment where they are treated with respect and dignity. The Libraries extends its commitment to diversity and equity in employment and especially welcomes applications from women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who contribute to diversification.


UNLV University Libraries seeks nominations and applications for an innovative and collaborative tenure-track/tenured faculty member to serve as the Research and Education (RED) Associate Dean/Division Director. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the RED Division Director will lead a dynamic and extensive suite of services that fosters education, research, and student success for a diverse student population within a growing research university. The primary focus of this position is on leadership of RED, with a secondary role as Associate Dean, leading the Libraries for forward facing services and representing the Libraries on selected university committees.

The RED Associate Dean/Division Director will initiate and support diversity goals for the Libraries that include services to a broadly diverse student population, recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff, and inclusive leadership. This will support existing equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts at UNLV and in the University Libraries, such as the Libraries' recent "We Need to Talk: Conversations on Racism" forums, creation of seven gender-neutral restrooms, and its implementation of "Recommendations For Diverse Recruitment" developed by the Libraries' Inclusion and Equity Committee.

The RED Associate Dean/Division Director is a member of the Libraries' senior management team, composed of the Dean and other division directors, that leads the Libraries in a collaborative, consensus-based model. As a member of this team, the RED Associate Dean /Division Director provides leadership, direction, and oversight for several areas of strategic importance – primarily student learning and community engagement -- and fosters collaborations that support the evolving needs of teaching and research. The RED Associate Dean/Division Director also collaborates with the other Division Directors to support research at UNLV.


  • Provide collaborative leadership to advance our values and strategic directions for research and instruction activities.

  • Responsible for leadership and oversight of functional areas and staff in the Research & Education Division (RED), including strategic planning, organizational development, change management, and assessment.

  • Leads RED with an emphasis on empathy, approachability, and respect.

  • Collaboratively leads, empowers, and supports RED department heads to oversee the activities of the Division and guides the planning, development, and assessment of the Division's services and operations.

  • Coordinates strategic and annual planning for RED and oversees implementation in support of Libraries' Strategic Plan.

  • Collaborates with university partners and plays a leadership role on campus to further integrate the Libraries in UNLV's educational and research mission, building on the Libraries’ progress supporting learners and researchers with expanded data services, maker spaces, and studio space.

  • Directly supervises 6 FTE department heads and indirectly supervises 33 FTEs.

  • Participates in space planning efforts to ensure that UNLV Libraries' spaces, both physical and virtual, evolve in response to next-generation technologies, user expectations, and patterns in learning and research collaboration.

  • Coordinates and collaborates with Libraries' other Division Directors for shared responsibilities and integration of public services and research support with all library operations.

  • Works with Library Technologies Division staff and RED department heads to plan for introduction of new technology in public services.

  • Serves as a member of the Libraries’ Leadership Team, Library Council, and other management groups as appropriate.

  • Works with other university entities to coordinate student services and support as well as partnering with university initiatives such as safety and security.

  • Serves as the Libraries’ Associate Dean for selected university committees and representation.

  • Establishes and sustains an ongoing service and scholarship record in accordance with UNLV Library Faculty Bylaws and university tenure and promotion procedures. (All library faculty are supported with professional development funding, and research leave is available. Additionally, UNLV faculty are not unionized, but the university has a shared governance model; faculty are represented in the Faculty Senate and supported by the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Faculty Center.)


This position requires an earned Master's Degree in library or information science from an American Library Association accredited program by the date of appointment. Experience considered is not limited to public services areas; transferable skills or experience will be considered.


  • Competence and sensitivity in working with individuals who are highly diverse regarding many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, ability, income, level of educational attainment, and religion.

  • Demonstrated leadership ability and experience with inclusive management.

  • Experience in leading, coaching, and empowering others.

  • Demonstrated skills and experience creating an inclusive and open communication culture.

  • Experience in developing and advancing collaboration across an organization.


  • Experience working at an R1 (Very High Research Activity) or R2 (High Research Activity) university.

  • Experience in leading public service operations in a research library.

  • Experience managing other managers or supervisors.

  • Additional graduate degree in a relevant program.

  • Scholarship and service record at the rank of Associate/Full Professor (or equivalent rank).

  • Professional record commensurate with tenure.


This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track/tenured position at Rank III or IV (equivalent to Associate or Professor). Salary is competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Position is contingent upon funding. In addition, University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professional development opportunities: each position receives annual allotment for professional development activities. Benefits information is available here:

Pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 3 passed by the Nevada State Legislature during the 31st Special Legislative Session, employees are required to take furlough at a 4.6 percent monthly reduction in compensation from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.



Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on February 17, 2021 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to the Research and Education Associate Dean/Division Director Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or


UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the requisition number, “R0123205” in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.


UNLV is committed to assisting all members of the UNLV community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report compliance document is available online.


UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


UNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities, including admissions, on the basis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, color or religion pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13 of the NSHE Handbook. Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any other anti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’s Title IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached through the online reporting form, by email at, by phone at (702) 895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555.

Job Category

Administrative Faculty

Note to Applicant

This position may require that a criminal background check be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements (if a closing date is provided).

Recruitments that provide a work schedule are subject to change based on organizational needs.