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Director
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Stephen C. Feinstein Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
(associate professor with indefinite tenure; endowed chair)


The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Stephen C. Feinstein Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, an endowed chair at the University of Minnesota. The successful candidate also will hold a faculty appointment at the rank of associate professor with indefinite tenure.

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies was founded in 1997 and has a broad mission to engage the study of genocides, other crimes against humanity, and human rights norms, both historically and in the present.  It has been a focal point of activity for faculty, students, and staff across the disciplines at the University of Minnesota and a larger regional and national community. The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has developed a major array of programs that involve outreach to K-12 teachers and others in Minnesota and the region; teaching undergraduate and graduate students; sponsorship of lectures conferences, and public programs; and scholarly research.  We expect the director to maintain the broad mission and interdisciplinary character of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. See http://chgs.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.

Duties/Responsibilities

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 Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Stephen C. Feinstein Chair in Holocaust and Genocide 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:

  • Chart the future intellectual development of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in collaboration with the faculty and the college;
  • Serve as the chief administrative officer of the center;
  • 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.

The scholarly and academic responsibilities associated with the faculty appointment will include:

  • Maintain an active scholarly profile in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies;
  • 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, one of which may be a summer course for K-12 teachers;
  • Train graduate students in Holocaust and genocide studies.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in the social sciences or humanities with a focus on the Holocaust, and/or genocide studies, and/or human rights;
  • A distinguished record of scholarship/creative activity and teaching at the university level that meets the qualifications for a tenured, endowed 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.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

  • Administrative experience, including budgeting and program development and management;
  • Strong leadership skills, including a proven ability to work across diverse audiences and disciplines;
  • 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 Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Stephen C. Feinstein Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The successful candidate also will hold 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 appointment to the Stephen C. Feinstein Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies will be concurrent with the term of the administrative appointment.

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 Instructions

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:

  • Position Filled

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 Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Stephen C. Feinstein Chair in Holocaust and Genocide 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 15 December 2011.

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 clafclty@umn.edu or + 612-624-9839.

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