Director, Global Studies Institute Georgia State University

Georgia State University invites applications for a tenure-eligible Professor to head its new Global Studies Institute to start August 2014, pending budgetary approval. Serving as an integral part of one of five central pillars of the university's strategic plan, the founding director will build teams of interdisciplinary faculty from the College and University to research global problems, oversee the creation and expansion of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates in international studies, expand the university's language offerings in targeted regions, foster the integration of global awareness and competence throughout the undergraduate curriculum, and highlight the university's prominence in global studies by sponsoring conferences, colloquia, and symposia.

The successful candidate will:

  1. hold an earned doctorate in a discipline related to the position;
  2. possess a demonstrated record of recent and prominent scholar-administrator experience and a proven ability to build international research teams;
  3. have an extensive external funding portfolio facilitating the development of globally oriented institutes, centers, or consortiums;
  4. be dedicated to the educational goals of a diverse student body and faculty;
  5. have a strong vision for developing university partnerships with governmental agencies, NGOs, and related businesses; and
  6. be able to effectively promote Georgia State's reputation as a global institution of excellence.

Preference will be given to scholars whose research programs, regardless of discipline, will position them to provide innovative leadership in the fields of conflict and post-conflict studies. In close proximity to Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport and located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive university that attracts students from every county in Georgia, every state in the nation, and from over 145 countries worldwide. It is the Southeast’s leading urban research institution, offering 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 250 fields of study in its eight college and schools. As the only urban research university in Georgia, it offers educational opportunities for traditional and nontraditional students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The College of Arts and Sciences, which represents roughly half of Georgia State’s students and faculty, encompasses 24 departments, schools and institutes and 23 interdisciplinary research centers and programs across four distinct academic areas—the fine arts, humanities, natural and computational sciences, and social and behavioral sciences. The college’s 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs connect an extraordinarily diverse group of students to top-notch faculty, world-class facilities, and all the opportunities of a global city. Furthermore, the college provides the foundation for all of Georgia State’s more than 24,000 undergraduates through its core curriculum. The College’s faculty of over 600 includes top-notch instructors, artists, and researchers, many of whom are internationally recognized as leading scholars in their field.

All applications should include a letter of interest; a curriculum vita; and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. Review of materials will begin on January 31, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Please send applications to Dr. William Downs, Search Committee Chair, P.O. Box 4038, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30302-4038. For additional information, please contact Dr. Downs at Georgia State University is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. An offer of employment will be contingent on background verification.