Office of the Provost

Dean of University Libraries

Opportunity and challenge profile

The University of Washington seeks a collaborative, visionary, and creative leader to serve as its next Dean of University Libraries. The next Dean will join the UW community at a critical moment for the nation and the globe; the University is focused on advancing innovation, enhancing population health, and accelerating systemic change toward justice and equity. UW aspires to grow academic programs of distinction, harnessing the creative power and energy of its community.

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Candidate visits

The Provost’s Advisory Search Committee has identified three finalists for dean of University Libraries. The candidates will virtually visit the University of Washington for interviews and campus Q&A sessions beginning April 19, 2021. Faculty, staff and students are invited to view the livestream Q&A for each candidate. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback on each finalist via a Catalyst survey that will be made available on the provost’s website.

The scheduled visits are:

April 19-20, 2021 — Candidate “A”

Livestream Q&A for university community: April 19, 2021, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Livestream link will be posted to provost’s website
Note: Link to pre-recorded talk will be posted to provost’s website 48 hours in advance of the Q&A

April 22-23, 2021 — Candidate “B”

Livestream Q&A for university community: April 22, 2021, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Livestream link will be posted to provost’s website
Note: Link to pre-recorded talk will be posted to provost’s website 48 hours in advance of the Q&A

April 26–27, 2021 — Candidate “C”

Livestream Q&A for university community: April 26, 2021, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Livestream link will be posted to provost’s website
Note: Link to pre-recorded talk will be posted to provost’s website 48 hours in advance of the Q&A

Information about the candidates, including their names, CVs and pre-recorded presentations, is confidential until 48 hours before their visit begins. Then, the information will be made available on the provost’s website, accessible to users with a UW NetID. The livestream Q&A sessions will be recorded, and posted later on the website.

We appreciate and encourage your participation in this process.

Advisory Search Committee for the Dean of University Libraries

  • Joy Williamson-Lott, Dean, Graduate School, co-chair
  • Brian Reed, Divisional Dean of Humanities & Professor, Department of English, co-chair
  • Cindy Altick Aden, Washington State Librarian
  • Julian Barr, Graduate Student
  • Clara Coyote, ASUW Representative, ASUW Director of University Affairs
  • John Danneker, Associate Librarian and Director Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Libraries Council, UW Seattle
  • Anna Endter, Associate Librarian and Associate Dean for Students, School of Law, UW Seattle
  • Lisa Hoffman, Professor, School of Urban Studies, UW Tacoma
  • Leslie Hurst, Librarian and Head, Teaching and Learning, UW Bothell
  • Julie Kientz, Professor and Chair, Human Centered Design and Engineering, UW Seattle
  • Maureen Nolan, Librarian and Science Team Lead, Marine and Environmental Sciences, UW Seattle
  • Patrick Osby, Assistant Dean for Administrative Services, University Libraries, UW Seattle
  • Carole Palmer, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Information School, UW Seattle
  • Zhijia Shen, Librarian and Director, East Asia Library, Libraries Council, UW Seattle
  • David Stone, U.S. Army (Retired), UW Foundation Board, and President of the Friends of Libraries Board
  • Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, UW Seattle
  • Fiona Wills, Associate Vice Provost, CoMotion, UW Seattle

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the search advisory committee to actively recruit and recommend candidates for the position of Dean of University Libraries. This search may involve both internal and external candidates. Joy Williamson-Lott, Dean of the Graduate School, and Brian Reed, Divisional Dean of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, will co-chair the committee. As you can see, the committee is composed of outstanding individuals from across the institution with a range of expertise. We seek a distinguished Librarian and a visionary leader for the University Libraries who will work well with the UW community, including academic units, public and non-profit partners, alumni, and donors.

Enclosed is a copy of Executive Order 20 from the University Policy Directory, which sets forth the basic procedures for conducting a search for a dean. Also enclosed is a copy of a general job description for deans of central units. The University has a strong commitment to diversity, which I ask you to consider seriously, as you recruit a pool of candidates. Please establish protocols for seeking the opinions and nominations from the broader UW faculty, student, and staff communities, as well as appropriate constituencies outside the University of Washington. At the conclusion of the search, the President and I would like to receive from you the unranked names of 2 to 3 highly qualified candidates.

We will be in touch soon to schedule your first committee meeting and I will attend a portion of the meeting to discuss my priorities and expectations for the position and the search. At this meeting we will also seek your input on a draft position announcement. We are also engaging a professional search firm to assist you in this search, which we will announce soon.

Thank you very much for accepting this important assignment. Sincerely,

Mark A. Richards

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Professor, Earth and Space Sciences


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