Southern Methodist University — Dean of SMU Libraries

Position specification

Southern Methodist University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of SMU Libraries. With oversight of SMU’s main library and seven specialty libraries, the Dean oversees operations essential to the educational and research mission of a vibrant institution enthusiastically working toward significantly improving its academic stature.

A nationally-ranked, private research university, SMU is a distinguished institution for global scholarship and creative activity with a liberal arts tradition. SMU’s nearly 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study, computational resources, and innovative interdisciplinary programs. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs with a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences throughout its seven schools.

SMU’s faculty includes members or fellows of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Inventors. Faculty members have won awards and funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Humanities, among many others. In 2015, SMU completed a $1.15 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign. The University’s endowment stands at $1.5 billion.

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of SMU Libraries will be responsible for all of the combined libraries at SMU (with a dotted line responsibility for the Underwood Law Library). The coordinating body for SMU Libraries is the Collaborative Council, which will foster coordination and service to University stakeholders across all libraries. The Collaborative Council will be chaired by the Dean of SMU Libraries and will include the directors of Bridwell Library, Business Library, DeGolyer Library, Fondren Library, Hamon Arts Library, and Underwood Law Library.

Inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest may be sent in confidence to:

Southern Methodist University will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.