Dean of Library Services (R-02205)

Position Description:

Fort Hays State University, a regional comprehensive teaching institution, invites applications and nominations for the Dean of Library Services.  The role of the library dean is to be an administrative leader, collaborator, communicator, and a successful teacher scholar. A successful candidate will be an ethical academic leader who will respect the culture and history of this student-centered institution, understanding the practice of great teaching and advising, the impact of research on the education of our students, and the role of professional service. A successful candidate will be a strong team member who prizes students, advocates for library faculty and staff, appreciates and demonstrates accountability, and utilizes data to inform decisions and measure success. The dean will maintain a strong commitment to the educational role of libraries in the 21st century.  The dean reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and serves as a member of the Academic Council, the President’s Cabinet, the Senior Leadership Team, and other university groups and committees related to administrative and planning activities. The appointment is a 12-month academic administrative position.

Applicants may find this position unusually attractive because of a number of features of the position or the library:

Expected Leadership and Managerial Activities



Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Rank:  Commensurate with experience

Appointment Date: Negotiable

Application Deadline:  For full consideration, all materials should be received by April 15, 2020

Salary: Negotiable

Benefits: Competitive benefit package; see

Application Process:  To apply for this position, please visit Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents:  Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume/CV, a one-page statement of the applicant’s view of the role of the academic library for the next 10 or 15 years, and names and contact information of at least three professional references. Applicant documents should be submitted in a single PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position or would like to nominate a potential candidate, please contact:
Dr. Paul Faber, Search Committee Chair          

About the Library: Forsyth Library fosters learning, scholarship, and enduring connections to history, culture, and heritage. Library initiatives are guided by the core values of social, civic, and professional engagement, recognition of the changing needs of the learner, intellectual freedom, and support of faculty and student research. Through library instruction, research consultations, and faculty collaborations, students learn to effectively and responsibly gather, evaluate, and use information for scholarship and problem solving, contributing to student success and academic excellence.

The library employs 18 full-time faculty and staff and 30+ students to provide resources and services to FHSU students, faculty and staff on campus, online, and across the globe. Physical and electronic resources, government publications and special collections support the teaching and research of the university. Special Collections include the University Archives and the Center for Ethnic Studies and concentrations in children’s literature, great plains research, military history, and rare books.

Among its resources, Forsyth has rich digital collections ( to make materials from special collections virtually accessible, and an institutional repository ( to preserve and showcase scholarship from the university community, open educational resources, and digitized archival materials. As a university partner in delivering accessible quality education, Forsyth Library advocates for and promotes the use of open educational resources and supports creation through the Open Textbook Grant Program.

Additional information about Forsyth Library is available at

About Fort Hays State University: Founded in 1902, FHSU is a leading, forward-thinking university of the Midwest, with student enrollment of more than 15,500 (including 4,500+ on the Hays campus, a unique China partnership program with enrollment of 4,000 students, and on-line enrollment of over 7,000).  Over 400 faculty and more than 500 professional and staff support and guide degree and certificate programs for the associate’s, bachelor's, and master's programs, and for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, representing 31 departments within these academic divisions:


Fort Hays State University provides exceptional opportunities for students from Kansas, the region, and the world, and the University attracts goal-oriented students who want premier learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom combined with one-to-one attention and support. FHSU students graduate with the knowledge, professional skills, and confidence to have a competitive edge in their chosen careers. Upon graduation, 95% of FHSU students find a job or placement in graduate school. 

About Hays, Kansas: Candidates will discover a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over 20,000 that takes great pride in the University’s presence. Hays is a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays businesses to reinvest locally.

A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation, education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live, residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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