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Director of the School of Transborder Studies (Job #12572)
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Arizona State University

Arizona State University invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Transborder Studies (STS) with a concurrent appointment as tenured Professor. Appointment will be located on the Tempe campus with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. Salary and start-up will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences through the Dean of Social Sciences, the Director will lead STS in shaping, consolidating, and expanding its different research, instructional, service, and community endeavors. As an intellectual leader, the director must be strongly committed to supporting the multidisciplinary, scholarly work that is central to the mission of STS; advancing the school’s standing as a center of knowledge production on transborder studies both nationally and internationally; and faculty governance. They will also provide strong leadership in fiscal planning and administration, development and donor relations, research advancement programs and funding, recruitment and retention, planning and implementation of degree programs, and in the exploration and development of opportunities for collaboration within and beyond the university as well as the development/implementation of strategic diversity initiatives related to faculty, staff and/or students.

STS is the home to a dynamic and interdisciplinary faculty focused on the theoretical and empirical examination of transborder processes and communities. STS approaches transborder studies in a way that is both grounded in and inspired by the geographical specificity of the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the broad theoretical applications of border studies. This approach is unique among U.S. universities and an emerging field of study globally. The location of STS in the Phoenix metropolitan area, center of Mexican origin and other Latinx populations and epicenter of rapid changes in the social and demographic landscape of the United States, makes this unit an ideal place to study these issues.

STS offers an undergraduate degree in Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies with three interdisciplinary concentrations: media and expressive culture, transborder community development and health, and U.S. and Mexican regional immigration policy and economy. A PhD in Transborder Studies allows a broad selection of topics in that area. STS maintains a strong program of collaboration with Latinx communities in Arizona and also sustains a strong research and exchange program with Mexican academic institutions on the border and beyond.

Required qualifications include:

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a in a social science, humanities, or transdisciplinary discipline relevant to transborder studies
  • Extensive scholarship and demonstrated leadership in his or her field with a focus on Mexican origin and other Latinx and transborder studies
  • A record of excellence in teaching, service, and administrative experience in an academic setting
  • A scholarly record commensurate with the rank of tenured Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Desired qualifications include:

  • A record of externally funded research
  • Experience with program development in curriculum and graduate education
  • Involvement with community-based research initiatives
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities

To apply, please submit as a single pdf to Christina.Molidor@asu.edu: a cover letter addressing qualifications, a vision statement for STS, a curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three references. All application materials will be held in confidence. References may be contacted at a later stage of the search and only with the candidate’s approval. This is an online, paperless search; only electronic applications will be accepted. Consideration of completed applications will begin on December 1, 2018. If the position is not filled, complete applications will be considered on a weekly basis until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. More information can be found on the School of Transborder Studies website at sts.asu.edu. Informal inquiries may be directed to Christina Molidor at Christina.Molidor@asu.edu

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html

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