Associate Dean for Research and Student Engagement


The University of Houston Libraries seeks to recruit a strategic leader for the position of Associate Dean for Research and Student Engagement. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, this key leadership position is a newly created portfolio as part of a recent organizational restructure that will position UH Libraries to advance the teaching and research mission of a dynamic research university. The portfolio includes the Information and Access Services Department, Research Services Department, and the Teaching and Learning Department. Together, these units will work collaboratively to enhance learning and research with welcoming and technology-rich spaces, support information literacy education efforts for undergraduate and graduate programs and co-curricular learning experiences in support of student success, and advance the university’s research goals by partnering with faculty, staff, and students across the research and learning lifecycle. The successful candidate will provide vision and strategic goals for building a collaborative and integrated approach to library roles and responsibilities that connect to the university’s strategic plan. They will also be responsible for managing and regularly assessing policies, protocols, and practices across these units to advocate for and to ensure effective application of enterprise-wide services across Libraries.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Libraries’ senior administrative team, consisting of a total of four associate deans. The associate deans will work in a team based and highly collaborative environment on idea generation, strategic planning, budgeting, and decision making to ensure employees, services, and spaces achieve the university’s goals. There will be opportunities to build skills in the areas of budget formulation and planning, and space assessment and planning.

Additionally, as a leader in UH Libraries, the person in this position will be expected to help advance our diversity and inclusion goals, and contribute to an environment where all employees can grow and advance. UH Libraries is committed to building and maintaining an equitable and inclusive workplace and learning environment. Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals. We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.

Librarians at UH hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and seek to recruit individuals committed to continuous learning and growth.



  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in and out of the Libraries
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a diverse and inclusive organization
  • Demonstrated success with goal setting and strategic planning for units
  • Experience with teaching and learning, or student success, or research services
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and build campus partnerships
  • Familiarity with the research landscape in higher education with an understanding of the research library’s role in that environment
  • Familiarity with trends and best practices in information literacy
  • Supervisory experience


  • Experience with fostering inclusive and accessible spaces
  • Experience supporting curricular and co-curricular campus academic initiatives
  • Familiarity with key research services areas such as digital humanities, open access publishing, and data management and curation
  • Budgeting experience
  • Experience supporting employee professional development
  • Demonstrated commitment to leadership development
  • Familiarity with project management principles

Salary:  $145,000 to 150,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submit an application.

Visit UH Libraries Employment page for more information

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Associate Dean for Organizational Development, Learning, and Talent at 713-743-9761 or

Library Information: UH Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes. The University Libraries’ total staff is 160 FTE, including 62 professionals. Additional information about UH Libraries is available at:

The UH Libraries’ is in the process of developing a new strategic plan in alignment with the University’s ambitious new plan We seek to recruit librarians who can relate the directions of the university and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

University of Houston Libraries respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals. We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.

General Information: The University of Houston campus comprises 14 colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of more than 45,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies. 

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico. It enjoys a reasonable cost of living. For additional information, including information about Houston’s flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see: For information about housing and living in Houston, see:

Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the university prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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