University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

IL, Champaign

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the premier public research institution in the State of Illinois, invites nominations and applications for the position of Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian. The University of Illinois Library, one of the world’s leading academic research libraries, is distinguished by its strong collections, a renowned faculty and staff, and innovative user services that meet the needs of a diverse campus and global community. With a commitment to deep collections and enhanced access to information resources, the Library has long been described as the intellectual heart of the campus. The Dean and University Librarian will provide effective leadership and commitment to advancing the research, teaching, and service missions of the Library and University, both on campus and in the state, as well as nationally and internationally.

The Dean of Libraries and University Librarian serves as the Library’s chief administrative and academic officer with overall responsibility for collection development and management; library services; budget and planning; application of emerging information technologies; personnel; fundraising, public relations; and state, national, and international cooperative efforts. The Dean and University Librarian acts as the official representative, advocate, and intellectual leader of the Library in the context of a research-oriented, internationally recognized public land-grant university with a global mission.

The Dean and University Librarian will be a visionary leader who collaborates with faculty, students, and staff on campus and with stakeholders in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. The ideal candidate will possess administrative, budgetary, fundraising, communication, and collaborative leadership skills including successful experience in a shared governance environment, as well as a demonstrated public commitment to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, public engagement, and development of a diverse workforce. Candidates must have a distinguished record of librarianship, scholarly achievement, and professional accomplishments commensurate with an appointment at the rank of full professor.

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois is located in Urbana-Champaign and is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. Illinois faculty have earned 23 Nobel Prizes, two faculty and 19 alumni are Pulitzer Prize winners, and our faculty and alumni are well-represented in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. The campus is a leader in access for students with disabilities and was the first to provide disabilities access to all campus programs, facilities, and services and to offer comprehensive wheelchair sports programming. Additional information about the University may be obtained from its website,

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign holds one of the largest academic research collections in the U.S. with over 14 million volumes and an estimated 24 million items and materials in all formats, languages, and subjects. This includes 9 million microforms, 270,000 print serials, 200,000 electronic serials, over 1.8 million electronic books, 600,000 physical or digital media materials, millions of pages of manuscript materials, and 629,000 maps. The University of Illinois Library is renowned for its extensive collections of archives, rare books, and distinctive collections, inspiring students and scholars on campus and across the world. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service programs possible and to active engagement in research, development, and scholarly practice – all of which support the University’s missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. In addition to the Main Library, the Library system includes multiple departmental libraries located across campus and an array of central public, technical, and administrative services. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and “embedded librarian” programs. The Library employs approximately 90 tenure-stream faculty members and nearly 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. The Library’s annual budget is approximately $43.5 million. Library faculty and staff have secured nearly $6 million in grants and awards in the last four years, and the Library benefits from an active and engaged community of donors, with an average of $4.4 million dollars in annual giving per year. During the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s “With Illinois” campaign, its most ambitious philanthropic campaign to date, the Library raised more than $33 million.

The position of Dean and University Librarian is a University of Illinois senior administrative position reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with a seat on the Council of Deans. This full-time, 12-month appointment has a preferred start date of January 2023. Salary is commensurate with experience.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

The University strongly encourages nominations of, as well as applications from, women and individuals traditionally underrepresented in academia. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by September 1, 2022. All inquiries, nominations/ referrals, and applications should be sent electronically to Suzanne Teer, Jessica Herrington, and Lauren Bruce-Stets at

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit