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Saint Louis University Dean of Libraries and Museums Search

Saint Louis University has launched a national search for our next dean of libraries and museums. The dean of libraries and museums bears the responsibility of guiding Saint Louis University and its libraries in improving and investing in student experiences, educational delivery, and advancing research and scholarship.

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About the Dean of Libraries and Museums Role

SLU's libraries help shape the mission and role of the university by providing resources to support a transformational education and the continued pursuit of truth for the service of humanity. The dean of libraries and museums will partner with and cultivate relationships with Saint Louis University and the greater St. Louis communities to enhance visibility of the libraries, fundraise, and create opportunities for the students and faculty.

The dean of libraries and museums will act as a strong leader, visible connector and resourceful innovator. They will display a drive to ask innovative questions and imagine what’s next to advance the vision for the Saint Louis University libraries and museums.

The Search Process

The search will be conducted by a diverse committee, chaired by Gary Ritter, Ph.D., dean of the Saint Louis University School of Education. The search committee will seek candidates who demonstrate exceptional passion for their work, understand the responsibilities of the role, and are wise in their decision making and communication with partners. The committee will narrow a diverse pool of highly qualified applicants down to a small number of finalists to be interviewed for the position.

Application Review Begins: April 15, 2022

Interested candidates should submit materials through the Saint Louis University Division of Human Resources:

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Letters can be addressed to Search Committee Chair Gary W. Ritter. Applications should include a statement of interest (i.e. cover letter), current curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (with email addresses and phone numbers). The search committee will begin reviewing applications on April 15, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

First Round Interviews: April 2022

Hour-long interviews with the search committee will be conducted over Zoom.

Campus Interviews: May 2022

Full day in-person campus interviews will be conducted with finalist candidates.  Candidates will have the opportunity to interact with potential future colleagues. 

Target Start: Fall 2022 
The anticipated hire date is between July and August 2022 to allow for preparation for the  fall 2022 semester. 

The Saint Louis University community will have the opportunity to meet and interact with all finalists.

Search Committee

  • Gary Ritter, Ph.D.
    Dean of Libraries Search Committee Chair
    Professor and Dean, School of Education
  • Martha Allen, M.L.I.S.
    Assistant Dean of User Services, North Campus
  • Michael Elliott, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean of Public Health; Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs, College for Public Health and Social Justice
  • Jamie Emery, M.S.
    Research & Instruction Librarian/Professor; Library Faculty Assembly
  • Edward S. Ibur, M.A.
    Library Admin - Executive Director, St. Louis Literary Award
  • Michael Jackson, M.A.
    Special Assistant to the Vice President, Division of Diversity and Innovative Community Engagement (DICE)
  • Alyssa Jennings
    Library Associate
  • Erica Lauriello
    Head of Patron Services, Library Associate, Sr.
  • Petruta Lipan, Ph.D.
    Executive Director, University Museums and Galleries
  • Patrick McCarthy, M.S.,  M.A.
    Director, Medical Center Library; Associate Dean University Libraries, South Campus
  • Robert  McNair Jr., M.S., C.J.A.
    Business Manager, Office of the Vice President for Research
  • Tim Murphy
    Assistant Vice President, User Services (IT)
  • Caitlin Stamm, M.S.L.I.S.
    University Archives
  • Steven A. Schoenig, S.J., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Donghua Tao, Ph.D., M.A., M.S. 
    Assistant Director for Information Services, College for Public Health; Doisy College of Health Sciences
  • Megan Toups, M.L.S.
    Library Faculty Assistant Professor; Research Librarian
  • Sanya Vatwani
    Senior, Doisy College Heath Sciences
  • Natalie Whitaker
    Ph.D. Candidate, Medieval Literature