Valdosta State University is seeking applicants for the position of DEPARTMENT CHAIR - Master of Library and Information Science, Valdosta State University

VSU Position Number P810
Full time, Salary commensurate with credentials
Open date 11/19/2013; Close date 02/14/2014

Job Description Summary: Applications are invited for the position of Department Chair of the Library and Information Science Department at Valdosta State University. Responsibilities include administration and teaching in the ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program. The position is 12-month, tenure-track.  Valdosta State University has offered the MLIS degree since June 2001. The program is entirely web-based, with a current enrollment of 240 students. The selected department chair will be deeply involved in program planning for a growing and innovative curriculum. Information about the Program is available at<>

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must possess an earned doctorate in a field relevant to the mission of the MLIS Program and a Master of Library and Information Studies (or equivalent), as well as demonstrated potential in administration and a record of scholarship and teaching, qualifying for an academic appointment at the rank of associate professor or above.

Preferred Qualifications:

  *   Experience or demonstrated potential in strategic planning and program management
  *   Familiarity with program assessment based on student learning outcomes
  *   The vision to guide curriculum toward expanded recognition and inclusion of 21st century LIS technologies
  *   The ability to create productive partnerships across disciplinary and organizational boundaries
  *   Familiarity with distance learning and online course delivery systems
  *   A commitment and ability to recruit and maintain a well-qualified, diverse student body
  *   Dynamic leadership abilities with an understanding of, and appreciation for, faculty mentoring
  *   Experience teaching diverse students in an online, distance education environment
  *   Excellent communication skills
Essential duties:

*        Administration

*        Teaching

*        Faculty Mentoring

*        Preparation of administrative reports for internal and external accreditation purposes
Three references are required.

All applications must be submitted through the Valdosta State University Human Resources Electronic Portal.  The direct link to the complete position description and application instructions is:

For more information please contact search committee chair Laura B. Wright via email (only) at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Program representatives will be available at the ALISE conference in Philadelphia to meet informally with interested attendees.

Linda R. Most, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Assistant Program Director
MLIS Program, Valdosta State University
1500 North Patterson Street, Odum 4600
Valdosta GA 31698
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229-245-6534 (voice)
229-259-5055 (fax)