Dean of University Libraries – Adelphi University Libraries, Garden City, NY

Position Prospectus

A growing university with an inspiring mission to transform the lives of its students, Adelphi University, New York, has key elements for success in place: strong leadership, world-class faculty, a compelling new strategic plan and an extraordinary commitment to diversity. Now we seek an inspirational new dean to lead Adelphi University Libraries.

It’s an exciting time in the history of Adelphi University, New York. We recently earned five Best College honors from the latest U.S. News & World Report 2020 rankings: Best College, Best College for Social Mobility, Best College for Veterans, Best Value College and Best College for First-Year Experience. We have dramatically improved our position in recently released rankings from the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (up 43 spots), while remaining on the selective Forbes America’s Top Colleges list.

Adelphi’s dedication to diversity and inclusion is being nationally recognized, with two consecutive wins of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, one of just six colleges in the state of New York to be so honored for its innovations in diversity. Due to our innovative approach to mentoring for students of color, first-generation students and LGBTQ+ students, Eduventures named Adelphi one of just four national winners of its 2019 Eduventures Innovation Award.

The dean of the University Libraries will provide academic and administrative leadership and support for the libraries’ resources, services and programs. The dean will take the lead while working in a spirit of shared governance with library faculty in defining and developing the libraries’ goals, policies and practices and will play a key role in implementing the University’s long-range strategic vision defined within Momentum: The Strategic Plan for Adelphi University, 2015-2021—most notably, Adelphi’s focus on academic excellence and its relentless dedication to student success.

University Libraries

The Adelphi University Libraries are composed of Swirbul Library and University Archives and Special Collections in the Garden City campus, and the libraries at the Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Hudson Valley Centers. The Libraries provide education, information resources, services, and facilities that advance teaching, learning, research and creative activity. As an academic department of the University, Adelphi University Libraries educate our community in the effective discovery, evaluation and use of information resources, and conduct research that informs our practice.

The University Libraries provide access to over 88,000 online journals and 235,000 e-books through 249 databases, and house over 486,000 print volumes, 400 print journal subscriptions, and 70 special collections, including 13 digital collections. Every academic department has a library faculty liaison; they are available to assist faculty in obtaining and locating resources, planning student assignments, and teaching classes in the use and evaluation of library resources.

The University Libraries are an invaluable resource to the Adelphi community and have remained so by continuously adapting to the academic and research requirements of each new generation of students. To meet the growing and changing needs for research and information, the first floor of Swirbul Library is being transformed into an interactive and consolidated service point. Focusing on creating lifelong learning and curiosity, the new information hub will provide personalized service to connect students with the appropriate experts, while faculty librarians will be on hand to provide in-depth research consultations.

Adelphi University

Located just 23 miles from New York City, Adelphi is a private university in the midst of one of the most dynamic phases of its 123-year history. With robust enrollments, an increasingly diverse student body and faculty, expanding graduate programs, and growing financial and administrative strength, Adelphi is being transformed just as it is transforming the lives of its students through its personalized approach to higher education.

Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university, serving more than 8,100 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, at learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Hauppauge, and online. According to the review in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, up to 30% of adults at least temporarily experience sleep problems. They cannot sleep for a long time. Also, they often wake up at night and get up too early in the morning. Scientists have developed a group of drugs which have a similar effect but are distinct in structure to avoid benzodiazepine problems and get the benefits. The resulting drugs, such as Ambien at , are called Z-drugs. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university known for small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning, and innovative ways to support academic and career success.

With powerful partnerships throughout the New York area, more than 115,000 graduates around the country, a growing enrollment of students from 41 states and 58 countries, and rising rankings from top publications and organizations, Adelphi is strongly positioned for the future.

The University is an independent, doctoral-granting institution with more than 100 different degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional levels.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing our students with the finest education in the region as well as offering vital services to our local communities. As the University turns its strategic plan, Momentum, into a vision for the future, the University community has come together to accomplish mutual goals centered on scholarship and student achievement.

Adelphi University comprises eight colleges and schools:

• College of Arts and Sciences
• College of Education and Health Sciences
• College of Nursing and Public Health
• College of Professional and Continuing Studies
• Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
• Honors College
• Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
• School of Social Work

From our original Garden City, New York, footprint of three buildings, Adelphi’s main campus has grown to encompass 29 buildings on 75 pastoral acres in the heart of Nassau County.

New York City ranks in the top five of the fastest-growing cities in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau 2016), top five most visited cities (Forbes 2016), No. 1 most economically powerful city in the world (Business Insider 2015), No. 1 most influential city in the world (Forbes 2014), No. 1 city for finance (The Telegraph 2017) and No. 1 best city in the world (Time Out 2016).

Our students, faculty and staff have access to Long Island’s culture, shopping, parks and world-famous beaches. Free shuttles to and from local train stations also make the greatest city in the world just a short ride away. We enjoy trips to New York’s restaurants, Broadway theaters and iconic venues such as Central Park, Ellis Island, Yankee Stadium, the Museum of Modern Art, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center and Barclays Center.

We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of our students. In addition to full-time study, students can enroll in part-time or accelerated programs, participate in our increasing number of online courses or attend classes at one of our learning hubs—our thriving center in downtown Manhattan, a learning hub in Hauppauge and two in the Hudson Valley region.

Academic Profile

The Carnegie Classification identifies Adelphi University as a doctoral university with moderate research activity. Adelphi also holds the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

Our academic programs reflect 21st-century curricula and pedagogies. With a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and average class size of 21, our students get personalized instruction and mentorship from their professors, who make use of high-impact instructional practices and seek out opportunities for students to do research and participate in internships and fieldwork.

Adelphi University has been nationally and internationally recognized and cited by several well-respected organizations. Here are just a few of our accolades:

• The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Forbes named Adelphi a top choice for quality education.
• The 2020 U.S. News & World Report listed Adelphi as a Best College, Best College for Social Mobility, Best College for Veterans, Best Value College and Best College for First-Year Experience.
• Money magazine honored Adelphi as a Career College of Distinction and a Money magazine Best College.
• Readers of the Long Island Press voted Adelphi’s president, Dr. Christine M. Riordan, the Best College President in 2019.
• U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Social Work in the top 20 percent of social work graduate programs nationwide.
• The Center for World University Rankings placed Adelphi fourth in the world for psychology/psychoanalysis.

There are 349 full-time faculty members who teach at Adelphi; nearly 90 percent have earned the highest degree in their fields. Adelphi faculty members regularly collaborate with colleagues and students in their research, often across disciplines, schools and colleges.

Students and faculty need state-of-the-art resources to reach their goals. That’s why the University has invested millions of dollars in infrastructure. We’ve renovated our facilities, upgraded technology and classrooms, dramatically improved our library facilities and collections, and invested in new equipment. An ambitious campus expansion project over the last decade resulted in the completion, opening, and enhancement of the following buildings:

• Adele and Herbert J. Klapper Center for Fine Arts
• Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
• Alice Brown Early Learning Center
• Center for Recreation and Sports
• Nexus Building—the state-of-the-art new home of the College of Nursing and Public Health as well as the Office of Academic Services and Retention and the Office of University Admissions

In addition, our Manhattan Center has been renovated and re-envisioned for a new cohort of international students, and our Ruth S. Harley University Center is undergoing a complete renovation to double our dining and gallery spaces while offering modern and accessible meeting, event, academic and lounge space.

Student Profile

As of Fall 2018, there are a total of 8,146 undergraduate and graduate students attending Adelphi University. Nearly 23 percent of our undergraduates live on campus.

Our student body reflects the diversity of the New York metropolitan region.

• Our students come from 41 states and 58 countries.
• Nearly 15 percent of our graduate students are international students.
• 40 percent of the student body are of color.
• Approximately 30 percent are first-generation students.
• Adelphi is a Yellow Ribbon school for veterans.
• Students of all abilities and learning styles are recognized and respected through several unique and renowned support, mentoring, and pathway programs as part of our world-class academic experience.

Our diverse community of students share a commitment to academic success, an appreciation of their access to faculty members who give them the personalized attention they desire, and a willingness to make a real difference in the world. Students work closely with faculty and peers as well as with members of local communities on projects, research and fieldwork. Adelphi students are making their mark across academic fields and country borders.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity encompasses the range of human differences that includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socioeconomic status, belief systems, thought styles, military experience and education. At Adelphi, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We believe diversity is a powerful driver of innovation and open discourse, and that students, faculty and staff grow when in a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone is accepted, supported and respected.

We have made great progress as a model of diversity and inclusion. We recently appointed our first vice president for diversity and inclusion, who was key in forming the University Diversity Committee. Thanks to these efforts, Adelphi initiated the groundbreaking Diversity Certificate Program for faculty and staff, a program that local public schools are emulating. We continue to grow our mentoring programs for students of color, veterans and the LGBTQ+ community.

In 2016, Adelphi University saw the largest increase in students of color in our history. We built upon this success, revising our recruitment strategies to attract diverse faculty, students, staff and administrators. As a result, in 2017 and again in 2018, we welcomed exceptionally diverse groups of new faculty, including a cohort composed of nearly 50 percent faculty of color. Initiatives by the University’s Diversity Committee and the Athletics Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Council have increased openness and understanding on campus and won awards from national organizations, including a prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity, four and a half stars and Premier Campus designation from the Campus Pride Index, and recognition of President Christine M. Riordan as one of the “Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Additionally, the University is making our campus facilities more gender inclusive and accessible to those with both physical and mental differences.


There are more than 115,000 active Adelphi alumni worldwide. Notable alumni include:

• Ron Bruder ’68, American entrepreneur who runs Middle East education nonprofits, named on the Time 100
• Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.), New York Times best-selling author
• Jonathan Larson ’82, creator of the Broadway musical RENT
• Gregory W. Meeks ’75, JD, congressman from New York’s Fifth District
• Chuck D (Carlton Ridenhour) ’84, ’13 (Hon.), musician, author, lecturer, founder and front man of the hip-hop group Public Enemy
• Al Trautwig ’78, ’17 (Hon.), sports broadcaster for television’s NBC, MSG Network and USA Network
• Jacqueline Woodson ’16 (Hon.), award-winning author of children’s literature

University Leadership

President Christine M. Riordan, PhD

Adelphi University President Christine M. Riordan, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in leadership development, team building, and diversity and inclusion, and is recognized for her groundbreaking initiatives to personalize and transform the higher education experience. Since beginning her appointment as Adelphi University’s 10th president in 2015, Dr. Riordan has launched a remarkable turnaround strategy that has resulted in Adelphi recently enrolling the two largest first-year classes in our history.

Dr. Riordan has published more than 60 academic and business press articles, is authoring a book on leadership and is a frequent speaker on leadership and overcoming challenges. She has been interviewed and written articles for media outlets such as The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, HuffPost, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, CareerBuilder and Psychology Today.

Dr. Riordan serves on the board of directors of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX) and is chair of the nominating and governance committee and serves on the compensation committee. She previously served on the audit committee. She is on the board of directors of the Long Island Association (LIA), a leading business organization on Long Island. She is also a trustee of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE) and is a member of the President’s Advisory Council at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Riordan is also chair of the President’s Council for the Northeast-10 Conference.

Executive Vice President and Provost Steve Everett, DMA

A widely respected and extensively accomplished composer, conductor and professor of music, Dr. Everett was appointed provost of Adelphi University commencing July 1, 2018. Prior to joining Adelphi, Dr. Everett was dean of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and professor of music at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In that role, he oversaw four schools with numerous programs as well as the Gallery 400 art gallery, the renowned Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the university’s UIC Innovation Center—an exciting interdisciplinary research center and incubation hub that bridges research and education with industry.

His work at the University of Illinois at Chicago was preceded by 23 years at Emory University in Atlanta, where he served as assistant vice provost for academic affairs, among other leadership positions. At Emory, he also served as president of the University Senate, chair of the Faculty Council, chair of the Department of Music and interim director of the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Dr. Everett also co-chaired the university’s Commission on the Liberal Arts, a task force created to explore innovative ways to enrich the liberal arts experience. In 1998, Dr. Everett received the Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts, awarded by the City of Atlanta, the city’s highest recognition of artistic achievement.

In addition to these accomplishments and honors, Dr. Everett has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, a guest composer at numerous conservatories around the world and a noted researcher. As a result of two medical research projects, he was awarded a courtesy faculty appointment to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Everett earned his doctoral degree in composition from the University of Illinois and received two master’s degrees, in music theory and trumpet performance, from Florida State University.

Momentum: The Strategic Plan for Adelphi University 2015-2021

Momentum, the University’s Strategic Plan, is guiding dynamic growth and development across all facets of the University. Centered on six transformational goals, Momentum seeks to advance around:

• An Emphasis on World-Class Academics – Adelphi already offers the intellectual rigor and talented faculty that create a unique educational experience. We will enhance the value of an Adelphi degree by deepening the caliber of the teaching, the programs, and the research and creative work in order to increase the impact of every student’s (and professor’s) years with us.
• A Relentless Focus on Student Success – As we grow, Adelphi will continue to set the standard for committing to the individual student—and growing their intellectual curiosity, ability and potential—in order to produce generations of curious, compassionate, successful people.
• A Model of Diversity and Inclusion – Adelphi’s reputation as a community that values, welcomes and inspires every individual—among our students, faculty and staff—will grow on a national level.
• A Powerfully Connected University – We will extend the reach and resources of our community through a potent network of relationships. We’ll bring together faculty, staff, families, alumni and business and industry partners, maximizing our traditional associations here on Long Island as well as in the great city that is our neighbor.
• Financial and Operational Strength – Growing stronger means growing smart by incrementally improving existing resources and operations, while integrating new and complementary ones, to form a seamlessly high-functioning, highly regarded enterprise.
• Global Recognition and Renown – We will become an outstanding private university, known everywhere for our academics, our four exciting New York locations and our experiential learning. Rankings, awards and media coverage will advance both our brand and the Adelphi Advantage, all around the world.

These six goals are touchstones for all aspects of the University and are grounded in concrete initiatives designed to produce measurable results in our dedication to transform the lives of our students. Read more about the Momentum plan at

Dean, University Libraries—Position Summary and Priorities

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of University Libraries is responsible and accountable for directing all activities of the institution’s libraries. The University Libraries comprise: Manhattan, Hauppauge, Hudson Valley and Garden City libraries.

The next dean of the University Libraries will have the charge to make a significant and lasting impact on the University Libraries’ future. Specific priorities for the next dean of the University Libraries include, but are not limited to:

• Providing leadership to help the University navigate the changing landscape of academic libraries in the twenty-first century–a landscape that includes rapidly evolving student and faculty expectations for ready access to information resources and research support; a seismic shift from print to digital scholarly communication and publishing; a growing demand on campuses for readily accessible commons for collaborative learning, innovative teaching with technology, and creative/scholarly production and an increasing need to demonstrate value and accountability through thorough rigorous assessment
• Working with partners across the University on implementing the vision articulated by Adelphi’s next Building Master Plan
• Working with faculty and academic leadership across campus to thoughtfully integrate information literacy skills into curricular and co-curricular learning experiences at the undergraduate and graduate level
• Working with faculty and academic leadership to identify ways of supporting faculty and student research, and thinking innovatively to design and implement strategies for achieving this goal
• Leading the University Libraries in providing Adelphi students with the necessary resources to help them maximize their learning in all formats, including distance and online education

Desired Qualities and Qualifications

The next Dean of Libraries for Adelphi University will meet the requirements for Full Professor, and will provide leadership and vision for the Libraries. To best serve Adelphi University, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following qualities and qualifications:


• A record of progressively responsible academic and administrative leadership roles in higher education libraries including demonstrated ability in managing a complex academic organization and effectively interacting with faculty, staff, students and external constituents
• Visionary leadership skills with a track record of implementing lasting change and the ability to set challenging and attainable goals and priorities, work with and inspire others to high levels of professional achievement, leverage ideas into action and lead and navigate as the University grows
• Experience with library support of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts, professional, and graduate education
• The ability to make appropriate connections and build synergies; an open and creative approach to problem solving, with a willingness to address issues collaboratively
• Strong communication and perceptive interpersonal skills, including excellent oral and written communication skills, empathy and the ability to express respect for diverse viewpoints and inspire the various constituencies both inside and outside the academic community
• Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity, affirmative action/equal opportunity and achievement in increasing campus diversity

Experience/Knowledge in the Field

• Familiarity with evolving perceptions and global trends related to University Libraries and related resources and services
• Strong academic, research and/or creative scholarship and experience in the library field
• Experience working across disciplines and a demonstrated understanding of the variety of resources necessary to support a diverse array of teaching and learning activities within the University
• Demonstrated ability to develop and execute an institutional agenda for the University Libraries, and to ensure that the University Libraries keep pace with best practices both internal and external to the University
• Experience with accrediting bodies, both regional and specialized, and the role and responsibilities of the University Libraries with regard to institutional accreditation
• Experience with library faculty in their role as educators, scholars and academic collaborators supporting scholarship, teaching, and learning; experience with the evaluation of faculty for appointment, award of tenure and promotion
• Administrative acumen, including knowledge of financial planning and budgets, strategic planning and implementation
• A demonstrated concern for and support of student success at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
• Demonstrated understanding of the role of technology in the contemporary academic library in terms of resources, services and information literacy
• Experience collaborating with leadership in advancement and fundraising offices to acquire funding to support all facets of the library
• Understanding of the evolving physical plant and infrastructure development issues for a modern university library
• Willingness to foster strategic collaborations with other institutions, organizations and consortia in order to expand the reach of the University Libraries’ resources for the Adelphi community, particularly in order to support specialized faculty and student research
• Ability to develop and implement strategic plans, act as an advocate for these initiatives and serve as the primary communicator of the libraries’ vision to the Adelphi community

Collaboration, Management and Organizational Skills

• Evidence of excellent organizational skills and organizational development skills including a clear sense of goals, timeliness and transparency
• Demonstrated ability to recruit, retain and reward high-quality library faculty, and an effective management style that delegates authority, empowers staff and sets high expectations
• The resolve to confront challenges and make difficult decisions, negotiate conflicts and demonstrate and promote integrity and high ethical standards within the institution
• Ability to work in a student-centered environment and interact effectively with a variety of constituents on and off campus
• Collaborative skills in teaming with colleagues and working with a unionized faculty, as well as with unionized staff; ability to work collegially across the institution, build relationships and motivate, mobilize and energize others to work together
• Ability to work with the provost and fellow deans on the formulation of a vision, policies and implementation to ensure that the libraries will meet the University’s educational, research and administrative goals
• Dedication to faculty engagement and shared governance; willingness to engage in thoughtful discussion with faculty to envision and implement institutional change; a commitment to support faculty efforts in scholarship, creative work and teaching

Successful candidates will demonstrate care and respect for all individuals within the University and its communities; value and exhibit honest and ethical behavior; and be willing to listen to and consider differing points of view.

Information for Candidates

This position is anticipated to begin in the Summer of 2020. The salary and benefits will be competitive.

For best consideration, please send all nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest in confidence electronically, by November 15, 2019 to the search committee:

Adelphi University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to building a diverse workforce. It strongly encourages applications from women, underrepresented groups, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and veterans. Adelphi University is an EEO/AA employer.

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