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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

The School of Information Sciences (iSchool) seeks to hire an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to provide leadership and oversight for academic programs at the School.


The iSchool participates in a campus-wide undergraduate minor and Ph.D. in Informatics, and it offers a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, a Master of Science in Information Management, a Master of Science in Bioinformatics, a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS), and a CAS in Digital Libraries, a Ph.D., and a K-12 Library Information Specialist Licensure Program. The School's award-winning online option for the Master's and CAS degrees gives students access to a high-quality professional education.


The iSchool faculty is highly interdisciplinary, with backgrounds in information science, computer science, library science, informatics, engineering science, physics, astrophysics, law, psychology, English, medieval studies, philosophy, sociology, and statistics and they hold additional appointments in many other university departments, as well as world-renowned research institutes such as the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

The iSchool is an established national leader in both groundbreaking information science research and the preparation of leading information professionals. Innovative research in a wide variety of areas is carried out by faculty and doctoral students and supported by three iSchool centers: the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship, the Center for Digital Inclusion, and the Center for Children's Books. Our faculty have leadership roles in national initiatives and professional societies and our close relationships with scientific and cultural institutions ensure that our research engages critical societal challenges.


Successful candidates must be comfortable working in an interdisciplinary academic unit and addressing audiences in professional master's degree programs, as well as teaching students from undergraduate to Ph.D. levels in an iSchool.


Responsibilities include:

  • Supervising the iSchool's academic program directors and providing general leadership and oversight for all academic programs.
  • Leading the development of new academic programs and delivery methods.
  • Overseeing units providing support for students and academic programs: Student Affairs and Instructional Technology & Design.
  • Overseeing course and curriculum development in collaboration with relevant School committees and program directors.
  • Representing the School's academic and teaching efforts within the University and externally.
  • Recruiting and supervising adjunct faculty and lecturers.
  • Ensuring the national and international reputation of the School's programs.


The successful candidate will have a distinguished academic record and the ability to provide leadership support to the School in its academic responsibility as part of an internationally recognized land-grant university.


Minimum Qualifications include: a Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to the information sciences; ten years of relevant teaching experience; highly developed communication and leadership skills; substantial familiarity with the administration of academic programs; and a teaching and research record commensurate with an appointment as Associate or full Professor with indefinite tenure.


The appointment of the Associate Dean will be effective August 16, 2018. Information about iSchool programs and faculty can be found at: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload your letter of application, complete CV/resume, statement on teaching and research, and a list of three professional references including contact information by November 5, 2017.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date, but no hiring decisions will be made until after the search has closed. We especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups.  Salary is commensurate with experience.


For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Candy Edwards  (cledward@illinois.edu217-244-3809).


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