University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked comprehensive university and California’s first chartered institution of higher learning. Established in 1851, Pacific has nearly 6,100 students and nine schools and colleges across three campuses in Northern California.
The majority of students and the NCAA Division 1 athletics program are based on the Stockton Campus, often cited as one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. The Sacramento Campus in California’s state capital is home to the McGeorge School of Law, the new School of Health Sciences and an array of graduate programs while the renowned Dugoni School of Dentistry is based on the downtown San Francisco Campus. 

Pacific takes pride in providing the highly personalized and caring educational, social and residential environments of a small college combined with the choices and opportunities of a major comprehensive university.

About the Position

Under the leadership of President Christopher Callahan, appointed July 2020, Pacific has the ambitious goal of becoming the best student-centered comprehensive university in the nation within a decade. His focus includes the personalized learning that is a hallmark of Pacific, expanded real-life learning opportunities coupled with service to communities, accelerating the pace of innovation and becoming a model for diversity, equity and inclusion. To accelerate the university’s upward trajectory, Pacific recently appointed several new leaders in the areas of Enrollment Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Student Life; Development and Alumni Relations; and a new Dean for the School of Engineering and Computer Science. 

Now Pacific seeks its next leader, a forward-thinking and entrepreneurial Dean of the Library and Learning Center for Teaching Innovation. President Callahan, Provost Maria Pallavicini and the university community invite inquiries from and recommendations of candidates who are eager to imagine, craft and implement transformative innovation that nurtures information discovery, knowledge creation, curricular integration and multidisciplinary approaches to enhancing learning and teaching.

Position Summary

The Dean is a thought leader, collaborator and catalyst for transformative innovation. The Dean is responsible for the strategic vision, direction and management of library resources and services to foster creativity and success in learning and teaching. The Dean will advance the university’s mission to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities.



  • Advanced degree (such as doctorate or MLS) or equivalent degree from an accredited institution and an outstanding record of teaching and scholarly achievement.
  • Expertise in the evolving educational technology landscape.
  • Minimum of five years (5) of progressive administrative leadership and fiscal management experience.

Preferred Skills/Knowledge and Expertise:

  • A record of successful administrative and/or leadership experience;
  • Experience as a seasoned, decisive leader and diplomat with strong organizational and consensus-building skills, integrity, and the ability to inspire and lead faculty and staff with diverse interests;
  • A champion of faculty and staff eager to excel in teaching, assessment, research, and creative activities;
  • A data-driven leadership style that employs the appropriate facts to inform decision making and manage both big picture and operational details; 
  • Well-developed fiscal management experience, both in establishing and implementing budgets along with a record in balancing resources with responsibilities within and across the institution.


Apply Now

University of the Pacific is currently accepting applications for this position. Applicants will be required to provide a cover letter and current resume, as well as provide contact information for three professional references with their online application.

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AA/EEO Statement

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.