Janet Guyden, who has more than 30 years of
experience in higher education, has been selected to serve as interim dean of
the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
She will begin her work at IUP on August 22.
A national search for the dean of IUP Libraries
position has begun; Guyden will serve in the interim role until the search
is successfully concluded.
Guyden comes to IUP from Grambling State
University, where she last served as a professor in the Department of
Educational Leadership. She has held a number of roles at Grambling State,
including interim provost and vice president for academic affairs; interim
provost and vice president for academic and student affairs; and associate vice
president for research and dean of the College of Professional Studies.
“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Guyden to IUP in
this interim role,” IUP Provost Timothy Moerland said. “She has a wealth of
experience in academia and is a good fit to continue the good work already
underway at the IUP Libraries,” he said.
“Deanne Snavely has done yeoman’s work in her role
as interim dean of IUP Libraries, and I want to publicly thank her for service
and leadership,” Moerland said.
The IUP Libraries include the Indiana campus library,
the Music Library in Cogswell Hall, and libraries at IUP Punxsutawney and Northpointe
“The library is the heart of the instructional and
research functions in the university,” Guyden said. “As both the repository
and the gateway to knowledge in a rapidly-changing knowledge environment, the
libraries must work with the university community to maintain collections that
support instruction and research as well as provide welcoming environments that
support individual and group learning.”
Guyden has held several positions at Florida
A&M University. While a professor of Educational Leadership, she was
principal investigator of a $4-million Carnegie Corporation project, “Teachers
for a New Era.” Goals of this grant funded project including revising and reforming
teacher education at the university to incorporate university-wide
participation in the teacher preparation process.
She also served in leadership positions in the College
of Education there, which included leadership and administrative oversight for
the Developmental Research School System. She also was interim department
chair, associate department chair, associate professor, and coordinator of the
Educational Leadership PhD Program.
Prior to her work there, she was a faculty member and
coordinator of the Higher Education Administration program in the Department of
Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She also worked as a
counseling psychologist at Augusta College (Augusta State University).
She began her career at Paine College, serving as dean
of the Office of Admissions, Recruitment, and Financial Aid; was director of the
Counseling Center; and was a counselor and Tutorial Program supervisor.
Guyden earned a bachelor’s degree in English from
Howard University, a master of education in counselor education from Worcester
State University, and a doctoral degree in administration and supervision from
Georgia State University.