University of Houston Libraries

Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair


The University of Houston invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair.  The Dean of Libraries leads the University Libraries and advances the University’s mission of research and teaching by ensuring the provision of outstanding library services.  The University Libraries comprises the M.D. Anderson Library and three branch libraries (Music, Optometry, and Architecture and Art).  The Dean of Libraries serves as the chief executive of the Libraries, with responsibility for oversight of all administrative activities, including budget and personnel management.  The Dean provides programmatic and strategic leadership to the Libraries and plays a critical role in the Libraries’ development activities.  The Dean represents the Libraries within the University, and at the local, state, and national levels.  The Dean reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and is a member of the Council of Deans.

The University of Houston has initiated a major capital campaign and the Libraries will have a significant role in this development effort.  The Dean of Libraries will be expected to be deeply engaged in pursuing development opportunities and expanding relationships with donors.  A full-time Director of Advancement is assigned to the University Libraries and works closely with the Dean.

The University Libraries employs over 69 professionals and 135 support staff.  Overall, the campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes.  The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library.  The Libraries enjoy an endowment of over $7 million, including three endowed chairs.

The Libraries actively supported the University’s Tier One effort and continues to focus on UH System’s Strategic Initiatives.  The Libraries’ 2013 – 2016 Strategic Directions reflect the University’s top priorities and position the Libraries to be a contributor to these priorities.

The University of Houston is a publicly supported university, enrolling nearly 40,000 students.  The University of Houston campus comprises 13 colleges and schools offering close to 80 degree programs.  The University holds the classification of research university with very high activity, the highest Carnegie Foundation designation.  Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation.


A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association; significant and progressive leadership experience in a comprehensive research or university library; a record of research and publication to support appointment to an endowed chair; demonstrated understanding of the role of libraries in the academy; demonstrated commitment to diversity and promoting a collegial work environment; and evidence of commitment to the field of librarianship through appropriate professional service. 

How to Apply

Applications should include a cover letter addressing the qualifications for the position stated in this announcement, a detailed curriculum vitae or resume, and a list of five professional references.  Applications should be submitted by email to

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Additional Information:

Additional information that may be helpful to prospective candidates includes:

The University of Houston Libraries Employment page:

The University of Houston Libraries Strategic Directions 2013- 2016:

The University of Houston Libraries web site:

The University of Houston System Strategic Initiatives:

The University of Houston web site:

Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action:

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.