Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Research

Clemson University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and inclusive leader to serve as our inaugural Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Research (AD for TLR). The successful candidate will set the vision and strategic direction for the new division, directing the Libraries’ education and research support services, and ensuring student and faculty success. This position will direct the work of 40+ faculty and staff working in the following areas: user services (circulation, reserves, stacks, security), instruction and outreach, engagement (liaison librarians, reference and research support), research and digital scholarship and creative technologies (including data services, digital and media literacy, open education resources and scholarly communication), and the University Press (which also includes the Libraries’ institutional repository). In addition to these areas, the position heads the teams managing the two branch libraries (Gunnin Architecture Library and the Educational Media Center & Digital Learning Lab), as well as the following service points: Cooper Library Learning Commons, the Adobe Digital Studio and Makerspace, and the Scholars’ Lab.


This position was created as part of a recent reorganization, which aligned Clemson with our R1 peers. The successful candidate would be one of three new associate deans who will collectively be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Libraries and setting the Libraries’ strategic directions as members of its Senior Leadership Team. To learn more about the reorganization at the Clemson Libraries, visit:


Clemson Libraries provides an exciting opportunity to the right individual. As a relatively young R1 library, we are in the process of redefining ourselves, and we are engaged in discussions with students and faculty to determine what programs and services should be created or expanded. We are currently focused on expanding digital literacy efforts, developing new and innovative programs to support graduate students and faculty, and building archival collections. This position would be responsible for supporting the research endeavors of the University through strategic planning and developing services to meet the unique needs of the Clemson research community. We have completed a master plan to renovate the main library building to provide more welcoming, technology-enhanced spaces.


This is a 12-month administrative faculty position with faculty rank and status. As a member of the Libraries’ faculty, the successful candidate will pursue an active and ongoing program of research, service, and professional development.



1. Provides proactive leadership for the new Teaching, Learning and Research division, setting its vision, strategic direction, and priorities.

2. Ensures the delivery of high-quality services that enhance learning and research by providing information and digital literacy education for undergraduate and graduate students, co-curricular learning experiences that support student success, technology-rich spaces and support for faculty research and its distribution.

3. Builds strong relationships with campus partners whose work intersects the divisions to create collaborative services.

4. Shapes the division’s culture. Develops connections between members, facilitates interdepartmental communication and encourages innovation, flexibility, and creativity.

5. Empowers members of the division and supports their ongoing professional and leadership development.

6. Monitors and evaluates trends and developments relevant to academic libraries in the areas of oversight.

7. Fosters an environment of collegiality, respect, trust, and teamwork that enables library faculty and staff to contribute to the goals of the organization.

8. Serves as a member of the Libraries’ Senior Leadership Team.

9. Represents the Dean and/or Libraries in their absence.


Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities:

  • Develops a focused program of high-quality research and creative accomplishments, consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries’ mission and goals.


  • Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve the Libraries, University, profession, and community.

Required Qualifications/Experience:

  • ALA-accredited graduate degree.
  • At least five years of management/supervisory experience in progressively responsible positions in an academic library.
  • Successful record of leadership, planning, development, and management of library programs and services.
  • Work experience in at least one of the division’s focus areas.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the promotion and enhancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Record of professional librarianship, research/scholarship, and service that would merit tenure at the Associate Librarian rank or higher.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Experience with teaching and learning, information literacy, student success or research services.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and build campus partnerships.
  • Experience developing innovative learning spaces.
  • Knowledge of the role of university presses within libraries and within the scholarly ecosystem.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends in research libraries and the changing research landscape.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of collegiality, respect, trust, and teamwork.
  • Experience with change management.
  • Ability to foster creativity and innovation by providing insights into situations, questioning conventional approaches, encouraging new ideas and supporting the design and implementation of new or novel programs/processes.
  • Second graduate or other advanced degree.

Salary and Benefits

Faculty rank and a minimum salary of $110,000 based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity.



Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented research university in a college-town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Ranked as one of America’s Top 25 Public Universities by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is an inclusive, student centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive to Charlotte and Atlanta.


Application Process

Applicants should electronically submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio: Required materials include a cover letter, professional curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) references. Review of materials will begin immediately. Applications received by March 24, 2022 will be guaranteed consideration.


Diversity Statement

Clemson University Libraries seeks to best serve our community through creating a welcoming environment in which diverse ideas and perspectives come together to achieve common goals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion as it is essential to the continued success not only of Clemson University but of the library and information science profession. We embrace Clemson’s core values of integrity, honesty, and respect, and add to those the ideals of compassion, dignity, and historical awareness so that Clemson Libraries’ staff, collections, spaces and services inform the interest, information, and enlightenment of all who we serve.