The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Austrian Studies. The successful candidate also will hold a faculty position at the rank of associate professor with indefinite tenure at the University of Minnesota.
The Center for Austrian Studies was established in 1977 and is the Western Hemisphere's oldest and best-known multidisciplinary research center devoted to the historical and contemporary experience of Austria and Central Europe. The Center for Austrian Studies plays an international leadership role in promoting new scholarship about Austria and Central Europe across disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences, international business management, and the fine arts. The center disseminates scholarship through international conferences and a robust publication program; and connects scholars, students, and an international community to resources in Austria, Central Europe, the European Union, and Minnesota. The center reaches out to students, scholars, and an international community of educated non-academics, bringing an awareness of Austria and the new Europe and its relevance to American life; and enriches the teaching mission of the College of Liberal Arts and University of Minnesota by connecting the research and outreach programs it initiates with classroom opportunities for CLA students. See http://cas.umn.edu/ for more information about the Center and its activities.
Home to the arts, social sciences, and humanities, the College of Liberal Arts comprises 31 academic departments and a dozen interdisciplinary research and academic support centers. The College of Liberal Arts is the largest college at the University of Minnesota, with nearly 15,000 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students, and more than 500 faculty. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education. Please visit the College of Liberal Arts website for further information: http://cla.umn.edu.
The successful candidate will hold a faculty appointment at the rank of associate professor with indefinite tenure and an administrative appointment as director of the Center for Austrian Studies. The appointee will be expected to contribute 50% effort toward the scholarly and academic responsibilities associated with the faculty appointment and 50% effort toward the administrative and programmatic duties associated with the directorship of the center.
The administrative and programmatic duties associated with the directorship of the center will include:
The scholarly and academic responsibilities associated with the faculty appointment will include:
Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly and/or creative work, evidence of their academic administrative leadership skills, evidence of their commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and the strength of recommendations.
The successful candidate will hold an administrative, fixed-term appointment as director of the Center for Austrian Studies, and a faculty appointment at the rank of associate professor with indefinite tenure.
The administrative appointment is a 12-month appointment at the rank of director (with faculty rank); the initial term of the administrative appointment is three years, 2012/13 to 2014/15, with the possibility of renewal for an additional three-year term or terms.
The faculty appointment is a 100%-time appointment over the nine-month academic year at the rank of associate professor with indefinite tenure, consistent with existing collegiate and University policy. Tenure at the University of Minnesota is held at the University. The tenure unit for the faculty appointment will be an appropriate academic department within the College of Liberal Arts, to be determined in consultation among the candidate, the department, and the college.
The position will begin as early as 1 July 2012, but no later than 27 August 2012. Salary is competitive. A nine-month base salary is attached to the faculty appointment; a salary augmentation is attached to the administrative appointment.
Application materials must be submitted electronically via the University of Minnesota’s employment website. Please refer to the posting for this position found at the link below for additional information and application instructions:
Application materials which must be submitted electronically via the University of Minnesota's employment website include a letter of application; a curriculum vitae; a sample of current or recently published scholarship; and the names and contact information of at least three professional references who may be contacted later. These materials must be attached to the online application.
The letter of application should refer specifically to this position, director of the Center for Austrian Studies and associate professor with indefinite tenure. The letter of application should describe your academic training and professional background, current research and scholarship, teaching philosophy, and administrative experience.
Additional application materials may be requested by the search committee or hiring authority at a later date. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on 6 January 2012.
For additional information or questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts, at firstname.lastname@example.org or + 612-624-9839.
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