Director of Research Engagement and Scholarship - Rowan University

Library Director of Library Research Engagement and Scholarship

In this newly created position, the Director of Library Research Engagement and Scholarship (equivalent to an Associate Dean) will lead in identifying innovative partnerships and solutions by the Rowan University Libraries that support research and instruction. The successful candidate will provide leadership in creating a vision for library engagement with research and scholarship on the Glassboro campus.

This administrative position will lead the team of eleven professional librarians to foster a culture of research and scholarship and promote the value of scholarly communications. This person will create an environment that maximizes experimentation, exploration, innovation and the implementation of new approaches in a complex, changing environment. The Director will coordinate closely with the Director of User Services and Collections and partner with the Division of University Research. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude and will have a proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams. The Director will be instrumental in building partnerships across the three University Libraries:  Campbell Library in Glassboro, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford and Cooper Medical School in Camden. This position will report to the Associate Provost for Library Information Services.

Major Responsibilities:

Leadership and Supervision: Lead, supervise, and support liaison librarians in their professional and scholarly activities. Work with librarians to foster established campus collaborations and develop new partnerships.

Units and functions reporting to the Director of Library Research Engagement and Scholarship:

Research and Instruction librarians

Adjunct librarians

Scholarly Communications and Data Curation Digital Scholarship Center slandora and Digital Initiatives Working Group Rowan Digital Works (Institutional repository) Outreach and Engagement: Develop relationships with administrators to facilitate partnerships between librarians and faculty. Maintain awareness of emerging library technologies and service trends. Support liaison librarians in the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative outreach programs and services to achieve library objectives.

 Research and Scholarly Publishing: Provide leadership for scholarly communications.  This includes Open Education and Open Access resources, data management, digital projects and copyright.  Identify strategies to acquire and support emerging research technologies.

Digital Initiatives: Lead Rowan University Libraries initiatives that enable global online access to the research and creative output of the university through digital projects such as Rowan Digital Works (RDW), “Research with New Jersey”, and Rowan Digital Collections.  Develop and implement a Digital Preservation Strategy.

Professional Activity: Actively engage at the national level maintaining a record of scholarship for purposes of continuing education, outreach, information sharing and networking.


MLS degree from an ALA accredited institution or extensive relevant library experience.

10 years previous academic library experience with 5 years of supervisory responsibility Knowledge and understanding of the changing roles and technologies of academic and research libraries Knowledge of library operations Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines to conceptualize new solutions to problems


Second advanced degree (for example: EdD, MBA, MPA or PhD) Outstanding interpersonal skills; excellence in written and oral communication Ability to develop a strong collaborative working environment in libraries Project planning experience Experience working with Offices of Research (i.e. Vice President for Research) Experience facilitating strategic planning in an academic environment Facilitating professional development workshops Experience with a shared governance model and a bargaining unit environment

Familiarity with the standards for library scholarship needed for tenure and promotion of   faculty within the University libraries

Established record of scholarship

Job Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 15, 2019
Rowan University is a Carnegie-classified Doctoral University (Moderate Research Activity) with approximately 19,000 students. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, with additional campuses in Camden and Stratford. The University comprises seven academic colleges and five schools—the William G. Rohrer College of Business; the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; the Colleges of Communication and Creative Arts, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science and Mathematics; the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; the School of Health Professions; and the School of Earth and Environment—with an Honors College that spans across disciplines. Rowan is one of two public universities in the country to offer M.D. and D.O. medical degree programs. The institution is also home to the South Jersey Technology Park, which fosters the translation of applied research into commercial products and processes. Rowan has been recognized as one of the top 90 public research universities and the 7th fastest growing research institution in the nation.
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