Dean, Libraries: Texas Woman’s University

DEAN, LIBRARIES: ($12,105 per month)
Job Code: 15NV058
Department: Blagg-Huey Library

Education: Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited
Institution. Second masters and/or Ph.D. in a related field preferred.
Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible administrative experience in
academic research libraries.
Duties: Reporting to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the
Dean of Libraries serves as the Library’s chief administrative and academic
representative with responsibility for leading the Libraries in the
advancement of the research and teaching needs of the University. As a member
of the Academic Council at TWU, the Dean is a visionary leader who champions
the Libraries’ position as an integral partner across the University’s
academic and administrative units. The Dean represents and promotes the
Libraries on its three campuses (Denton, Dallas, and Houston) and collaborates
with the faculty, students, and staff as well as with local, regional, state,
and national colleagues and fosters cooperation with external communities. The
Dean leads by creating an environment that facilitates the advancement of
research, teaching, and scholarly activity, with an understanding of
traditional and innovative methods of information dissemination and embraces
digital learning and emerging technologies. As the chief administrator for the
Libraries, the Dean is responsible for the Libraries’ strategic planning,
budget development, policy formation, services and programs development,
assessment, advancement activities, and assuring compliance with University
policies. The Dean oversees all Library personnel and creates an environment
that enhances TWU’s vibrant research and learning community in addition to
supporting continual learning and professional advancement. The performance
evaluation is conducted through the performance evaluation system in
accordance with the University Policies & Procedures and is based on the
accomplishment of defined objectives and the effectiveness of the assigned
library functions
Texas Woman’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Disabled, Veterans
and Other Protected Groups.
Date Closed: Open until filled.
Contact: Texas Woman’s University
Phone: (940)898-3555
Fax: (940)898-3566
TDD: (940)898-3555
Email Address:
Texas Woman’s University strives to provide an educational environment that
affirms the rights and dignity of each individual, fosters diversity, and
encourages a respect for the differences among persons. Discrimination or
harassment of any kind is considered inappropriate. TWU is a “Tobacco Free

Texas Woman’s University is committed to equal opportunity in employment and
education and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran’s status, or
against qualified disabled persons.

Associate Dean of the Gleeson Library and Geschke Learning Resource Center Dr. Calhoun is the Associate Dean for Access Services and Assessment at the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library and Geschke Learning Resource Center. Shawn is a member of the Gleeson Library Leadership Team and regularly participates in a wide variety of library and campus-wide strategic initiatives. Shawn received his Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from San Jose State University and his Ed.D. (Learning and Instruction) from USF’s School of Education. Shawn’s scholarly work has focused on multimedia and modular worked- out examples as instructional methodologies as well as the management of student’s cognitive processing associated with information literacy instruction.

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About “Gentle Disturbances”

The title of our new blog, “Gentle Disturbances”, is a tribute and a reference to the husband and wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s art consists of vast, temporary outdoor installations, such as the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin, the 24-mile Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park. Christo has asserted that their art creates “gentle disturbances," designed to challenge traditional perceptions of the spaces and landscapes they inhabit. By encouraging viewers to see familiar landscapes in new ways, their art disrupts assumptions about permanence, ownership, and categorization.

While we claim none of the artistic or political impact of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, we hope that this blog and its many contributors will challenge us all to look at the landscape of academic libraries and higher education in new ways. We aspire to “gentle disturbances” of the kind that will lead to productive conversations and creative approaches to our common challenges.