The George A. Smathers Libraries seek an innovative and collaborative candidate to apply for its Associate Dean for Research and Health Sciences (Associate Dean) position. This year-round (12-month) tenure-track position provides vision and leadership for research services across the larger UF community, as well as strategic support of the multi-faceted mission of UF’s Health Science Center.
The Smathers Libraries are key partners in advancing the research enterprise, leading, and supporting initiatives to grow infrastructure and services that enhance UF’s diverse research portfolio, which includes over $900 million annually in funded research. In strategic collaboration with campus partners, the Smathers Libraries contribute to identifying and advancing research support systems, tools, and services that meet campus needs and priorities through deep engagement in education, research, equity, and outreach, including a new emphasis on supporting artificial intelligence. The Associate Dean partners with UF’s research community, representing the Smathers Libraries capabilities, priorities, and values. The Associate Dean communicates the needs of the research community in order to align Smathers Libraries programs and initiatives. One central way the Smathers Libraries directly support research is through the cross-disciplinary Academic Research Consulting & Services (ARCS) team, which provides data management, reproducibility, open science, bioinformatics, informatics, and more research services through expert consultations and direct collaborations with researchers.
The Health Science Center Libraries are central to the Health Science Center (HSC) campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville, and units elsewhere in Florida, combining deep integration with curriculum, innovative services for researchers, and support for the clinical practice with a dedication to the improving the health of our Florida communities. The HSC Libraries focus on providing inclusive, welcoming physical and online spaces for all. A collaborative team structure brings faculty, staff, and student employees together to promote wellness; diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice; innovative digital health projects; and other initiatives within the HSC and our broader communities. The Associate Dean builds partnerships with the statewide UF Health system, the six Health Science Center colleges, other UF colleges, the Clinical & Translational Science Institute, Research Computing, Informatics Institute, and other campus entities to advance the education, research, clinical, and community engagement missions of the University of Florida.
The Associate Dean works collaboratively with the Dean of the Smathers Libraries and its senior management team to collectively provide strategic leadership and management. Our goal is to identify a collegial and experienced leader whose enthusiasm for research and health sciences libraries will position them to develop key relationships; advocate for the role of the Smathers Libraries in supporting health sciences and campus-wide research; and build and grow highly effective, inclusive, and culturally rich innovative teams. We actively support intellectual freedom, freedom of speech and the open exchange of ideas and opinions that support the community building, learning and research efforts of the University of Florida
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.
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This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received. Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Job Number 520016. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Tina Litchfield, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office.