Assistant/Associate/Professor and Associate University Librarian for Health
Sciences and Associate Dean (Job ID #163967)
University Library/Library of the Health Sciences
The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applications from
innovative, dynamic, and service-oriented librarians who as the Associate
University Librarian (AUL) for Health Sciences will provide visionary
leadership and strategic management to support the education, research,
clinical, and community engagement missions of the Library of the Health
Sciences in Chicago and the regional library sites in Peoria and Rockford.
Reporting to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, the Associate
University Librarian for Health Sciences works closely with the Dean to
develop long-range planning and implement initiatives that support the health
This tenure system appointment includes the expectation that the faculty
member will be actively engaged in and significantly contribute to the
profession through research/scholarship and service related to professional
and scholarly interests. This includes publication, presentation, and
committee work at various levels. Support for scholarship and professional
development, including funding, research leave, and mentoring, are provided to
foster candidate success (https: // library.uic.edu/about/employment/faculty-
support). Expectations are further outlined in the norms for tenure track
appointments (https: // uofi.box.com/v/tenuretracknorms).
UIC is among the nation's preeminent urban public research universities, a
Carnegie R1/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago.
UIC serves over 33,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student
bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution
(MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving
Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through
its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized
multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and
community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences
colleges and the only public law school in Chicago.
About the UIC Library of the Health Sciences (LHS)
LHS is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the nation and
continues to support education, research, and clinical practice in the
Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Applied Health Sciences, Pharmacy,
and the School of Public Health; the UIC Medical Center Hospital and
Outpatient Care Center, and other affiliated health care institutions. The
Library of the Health Sciences holds more than 725,000 volumes and 5,200
journals and has a dedicated Special Collections department with such
distinguished collections as the History of Nursing and Pharmacy Collection,
the Kiefer Collection (urology), the Percival Bailey Collection
(neurology), and the Nyhus Collection (gastroenterology).
The Library of the Health Sciences employs approximately 15 faculty and 20
staff in five departments across three locations. Librarians hold faculty
status, are active researchers and are engaged in significant campus and
professional service. The UIC Library faculty ranks 6th among U.S. academic
library faculties in the number of articles published in peer-reviewed
journals. The Library faculty is actively embedded in the curricula across
disciplines through its liaison relationships with each college.
About UI Health
The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health)
provides comprehensive care, education, and research to train health care
leaders and foster healthy communities in Illinois and beyond. A part of UIC,
UI Health is a clinical enterprise that includes a 465-bed tertiary care
hospital, 21 outpatient clinics, and 11 federally qualified Mile Square Health
Center locations. With campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford,
Springfield, and Urbana, the health system includes the academic and research
activities of the seven UIC health science colleges: Applied Health Sciences,
Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy; the School of Public Health; and the
Jane Addams College of Social Work.
Provide steady and empathetic leadership for the Library of the Health
Sciences and foster an empowered and collaborative environment within and
across the three health science library locations.
Define and oversee the delivery of health sciences library services that
are responsive to current and future needs of students, faculty, and other
Provide direct supervision to department heads and indirectly supervise
other faculty and staff at the Library of the Health Sciences in Chicago,
Rockford, and Peoria.
Provide mentoring and career development advice to health sciences library
faculty and staff.
Serve as a member of the library's senior management team to provide
strategic and operational leadership for the University Library.
Partner with academic units outside the UIC Library of the Health Sciences
to integrate into curricula, scholarly endeavors, and clinical activities.
Actively seek opportunities and implement plans for community engagement
with the broader Chicago, Peoria, and Rockford health care communities.
Establish and maintain strong relationships with the UIC health science
deans, directors. faculty, and hospital personnel.
Actively engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives that
support diverse communities and create a welcoming environment for all.
Collaborate with the AUL for Administration and the Human Resources
Associate on various University Library centralized services (i.e.,
facilities, space planning, etc.).
Advise the dean on budgetary matters concerning the health sciences
Assist the dean with donor relations and fundraising and solicit funds
from external sources through grant applications.
Coordinate the health sciences libraries participation in NNLM Region 6
through the Partner Outreach Program.
Represent the library through participation in local, regional, and
national cooperative, outreach, and professional activities.
Represent the health sciences libraries in state-wide committees of
academic library consortia and health and medical science library
Participate on or lead a variety of campus-wide and library-wide
committees and task forces.
Research indicates that applicants from underrepresented groups are hesitant
to apply for positions if they do not meet all the required and preferred
qualifications. We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not
required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop
these preferred skills. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to communicate
the ways in which their work fulfills the required qualifications in ways that
may not be obvious.
Master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library
Association (or from a master's level program in library and information
studies accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of
Five or more years progressively responsible experience working in a
health sciences environment.
Three or more years' experience supervising professional staff.
Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of diversity, equity,
Demonstrated teaching and or public presentation skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills contributing to a collaborative work
Ability to meet the requirements in scholarly research and publication,
professional service and librarianship commensurate with a tenure system
appointment at UIC
Experience working in a health sciences library.
Experience with the faculty promotion and tenure process.
Demonstrated record of research, publication, and or professional
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of emerging trends in health
Demonstrated familiarity with scholarly resources used within the health
sciences and/or related fields.
Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and
experience. Benefits for a twelve month appointment include 24 days vacation;
12 days annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid
holidays; medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary; coverage
for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life insurance
paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the
State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and
is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage, but Medicare
payment is required.
For fullest consideration, apply by Friday, May 20, 2022 , with cover
letter, C.V., one-page statement regarding DEI training and/or initiatives,
and name and contact information for at least three professional references.
The position close date is June 10, 2022.
In addition to your cover letter, please share a one-page statement that
details any diversity, equity, and inclusion training and/or DEI initiatives
that you have either been part of or led.
Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Kellee E.
Warren, at firstname.lastname@example.org.