Dr. Jennifer Dean

Dean of University Libraries & Instructional Technology,
University of Detroit Mercy

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Dean of University Libraries & Instructional Technology, University of Detroit Mercy
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Dr. Jennifer Dean provides leadership, budget oversight, and strategic planning for the McNichols Campus Library, the School of Dentistry Library, and the Instructional Design Studio at the University of Detroit Mercy. She serves as the Distance Education Coordinator for the University, including oversight of online programs and compliance with state authorizations. Jennifer holds a PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) from Michigan State University and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Wayne State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Music from Central Michigan University and a Master of Music and Performance Certificate in bassoon from Northwestern University. Jennifer is active in several national and state professional organizations and currently serves as the American Library Association Councilor and Member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Library Association. Her research interests include organizational theory, leadership, and communication, with dissertation research in organizational change in academic library collection development and acquisitions. Her teaching experience includes graduate instruction in research methods, using a blended online and face-to-face format. Jennifer plays bassoon with the Midland Symphony Orchestra and enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends, especially her husband - Dennis Hillers, a fellow librarian - and their cat and dog.


Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, United States
PhD, 2019
Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education
2012 To 2019
Dissertation: Change of Heart: The Influence of the External Environment on Academic Library Collections
Advisor: Dr. Brendan Cantwell

Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Master of Library and Information Science, 2001
Library and Information Science
1999 To 2001

Job History

University of Detroit Mercy
Dean of Libraries and Instructional Technology
Detroit, MI, United States
February 2016 - present

Siena Heights University
Library Director
Adrian, MI, United States
March 2014 - January 2016

Saginaw Valley State University
Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions
University Center, MI, United States
March 2007 - March 2014

Northland Library Cooperative
Alpena, MI, United States
May 2005 - March 2007

Harrison Community Library
Assistant Librarian (2 years), promoted to Library Director (3 years)
Harrison, MI, United States
January 2001 - May 2005