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Director

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Center for Austrian Studies

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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 hold an administrative appointment as director of the center, and a faculty appointment at the rank of associate professor or professor with indefinite tenure in the College of Liberal Arts.

The Center for Austrian Studies was established in 1977 and is the leading 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. Please visit the Center for Austrian Studies website for further information about the center and its activities.
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Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, comprising 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 students, 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.
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Duties/Responsibilities

The successful candidate will hold a faculty appointment at the rank of associate professor or 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 scholarly and academic responsibilities associated with the faculty appointment will include:

  • Maintain an active scholarly profile in the field of Austrian studies, or studies pertaining to Central Europe and the European Union;
  • Conduct research and publish in his or her field of expertise;
  • Provide intellectual leadership in the field both within the University and in the international scholarly community;
  • Teach two courses per year;
  • Train graduate students in Austrian studies, or in studies pertaining to Central Europe and the European Union;

The administrative and programmatic duties associated with the directorship of the center will include:

  • Chart the future intellectual development of the Center for Austrian Studies in collaboration with the faculty and the college;
  • Serve as the chief administrative officer of the center with responsibility to oversee operations, budget, and personnel; including budget planning and program development;
  • Maintain contacts and consult with representatives of the Austrian government in Austria and in the United States;
  • Represent the center to the college and the larger community;
  • Engage in fund-raising efforts both to enhance the endowment and raise specific programmatic funds via grant-writing;
  • Work collaboratively on relevant projects with centers, departments, and programs in the College of Liberal of Arts and elsewhere at the University of Minnesota;
  • Engage in community outreach.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in the humanities or social sciences with a focus on Austrian Studies, or studies pertaining to Central Europe and the European Union;
  • A distinguished record of scholarship/creative activity and teaching at the university level that meets the qualifications for a tenured professorship at the rank of associate professor in an academic department within the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota appropriate to the individual’s teaching and research interests;
  • Demonstrated effective leadership in a liberal arts college or large research university;
  • Evidence of success in teaching and advising graduate and undergraduate students;
  • Demonstrated success in creating collaborative relationships;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Commitment to creating and maintaining a strong, diverse community of faculty, students, and staff;
  • Strong German language skills.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

  • Administrative experience, including budgeting and program development and management;
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work across diverse audiences;
  • Experience developing and implementing educational outreach programs;
  • Experience in fund-raising and in winning and managing grants.

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.

Terms of Appointment

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 or 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, 2013/14 to 2015/16, 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 or 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 2013, but no later than 26 August 2013. Salary is competitive.  A nine-month base salary is attached to the faculty appointment; a salary augmentation is attached to the administrative appointment.

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted electronically through the University of Minnesota’s online employment system. To view the announcement of this position and the specific application instructions within the online employment system, please click on the link below:

  • Requisition 180198, Director, Center for Austrian Studies
    No Longer Accepting Applications

Application materials which must be submitted through the online employment system include: (1) a letter of application; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a sample of current or recently published scholarship; and (4) the names and contact information of at least three professional references who may be contacted later.

The letter of application should refer specifically to this position, director of the Center for Austrian Studies and associate professor or professor with indefinite tenure, and 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 1 November 2012. For additional information or questions about the position or the application process, please contact Dr. Evelyn Davidheiser, Assistant Dean for International Programs and Search Committee Chair, at edavidh@umn.edu or +1 612-626-1821.

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