The Herbert Simon Family Dean of IUPUI University Library

Indiana University seeks a collaborative, dynamic, and visionary leader to be the first Herbert Simon Family Dean of IUPUI University Library. The Dean is the public face of IUPUI University Library and oversees strategic advancement in the areas of services, instruction, technology, personnel, fundraising, and budgeting.

The Dean reports to Nasser Paydar, Chancellor of IUPUI, through Kathy Johnson, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer.


Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), a partnership between Indiana and Purdue Universities, is Indiana University’s urban research and academic health sciences campus. IUPUI’s mission is to advance the state of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and civic engagement. By offering a distinctive range of bachelor’s, master’s, professional, and Ph.D. degrees, IUPUI promotes the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. As an anchor institution within the city of Indianapolis, IUPUI has been recognized for excellence in civic engagement and community partnerships.

Ranked as a Tier 1 school in US News and World Report’s rankings of “best national universities,” IUPUI also ranked 16th nationally in US News’ new measure of institutions’ commitment to undergraduate teaching in 2016. With nearly 30,000 students and more than 2,800 faculty, $435 million in research expenditures, and a $1.5 billion operating budget, IUPUI is celebrating its 50th year as one of the Midwest’s largest research campuses. IUPUI has won national awards for its health and life sciences programs, first-year experience, learning communities, service learning, international partnerships, diversity efforts, and outcomes assessment. The campus has received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight Into Diversity (the nation’s oldest diversity higher education publication) for six consecutive years.

IUPUI University Library

The main library of IUPUI campus, IUPUI University Library directly supports the teaching, learning, and research of two colleges and thirteen schools on the campus. IUPUI University Library’s mission is to inform the IUPUI campus and wider community of learners through educational resources, technologies, and expertise; to connect people with resources, services and each other; and to transform the lives of community members by facilitating teaching, learning and research.

The Library is central to the mission of IUPUI, recognized locally, nationally, and internationally as an urban health sciences research university. The Library’s most valuable resource is its staff of 30 tenure-track librarians, 44 part-time and full-time staff, and 54 student employees. Its resources and services help IUPUI’s 30,000 students succeed academically, and the Library’s collections, including 2.3 million print and electronic resources, form the foundation for valuable scholarly research. The Library’s annual operating budget is approximately $10 million.

The Herron Art Library is a full-service branch of IUPUI University Library located in the Herron School of Art and Design, and the University Library of Columbus is a branch of the Library located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) campus. IUPUI University Library frequently partners with the professional school libraries in Medicine, Law, and Dentistry in delivering library services to the campus. The Dean works collaboratively with the deans and directors of libraries across the seven campuses of Indiana University. In addition, the Dean works alongside 18 other Deans and serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Deans and the Academic Deans Group.


Candidates for the Herbert Simon Family Dean of IUPUI University Library should demonstrate the following required qualifications and traits: A master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program; 5 years of upper-level leadership and supervisory experience in an academic library setting; qualifications for appointment at full librarian rank; evidence of managing effectively in an academic environment, including experience in long-range planning and budgeting; demonstrated understanding of enterprise and networked systems for information management, digital preservation frameworks, and open source communities; distinguished record of librarianship, scholarship/creative activity, and service; active participation in state, regional, and national library and professional organizations; a proven commitment to creating an inclusive environment that embraces diversity and that fosters community and mutual respect, and experience in fundraising and strategic planning.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, CV, statement of leadership philosophy, and a list of 3-5 references to Review of candidate materials will begin on January 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about IUPUI, please visit; for more information about the IUPUI University Library, please visit Questions regarding the position or application process should be directed to Stephen Hundley, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Professor of Organizational Leadership, 301 University Boulevard, Suite 4049, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or via email at

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