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The College of Arts & Sciences seeks a visionary leader to serve as the director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina.

Application deadline is May 4, 2021.

 

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The College of Arts & Sciences seeks a visionary leader to serve as the director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina.

Founded in 1961, the Walker Institute is one of the oldest internationally focused university research institutes in the United States and has received awards for its innovative programming. It currently provides support for the University’s six area studies programs: African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Islamic World Studies, Latin American Studies, and Russian & Eurasian Studies. Starting in Fall 2021, the Walker Institute will also be the home of the B.A. degree in Global Studies and the B.S. in Cyber Intelligence. In addition, the Walker Institute recently was asked to serve as an administrative liaison between the College of Arts & Sciences and the UofSC Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC programs. 

The director will be charged with overseeing the integration of these units into the Walker Institute in ways that affirm their distinct missions beneath a broad vision of global interdisciplinary learning and research activity. In addition, the director will be expected to work with the College leadership to develop a full vision for the Walker Institute that may incorporate the areas described above as well as other areas or topics of importance in international studies. Supported by faculty associates from virtually every college and school at the University, the director will be encouraged to shape the Walker Institute into a space that prepares students for global engagement and fosters cross-cultural awareness while connecting our South Carolina community to cultural, political, economic, and social processes around the world. 

This is an opportunity for a faculty leader to help the Walker Institute realize its potential as an academic hub that can combine regional studies with key content areas, including linguistic and cultural competence, while partnering with study abroad and cross-college initiatives. Likewise, the Walker Institute will be expected to expand its efforts to stand at the forefront of the University’s research efforts around topics with a global focus, assisting faculty with resources and administrative support to seek external funding, launch new programs and symposia, and build institutional partnerships. 

The qualities we are seeking in a new director include:

  • Demonstrated vision for a cohesive, expanded mission for the Walker Institute; 
  • A record of scholarship and teaching at the rank of associate or full professor; 
  • Willingness to engage with local, regional, and international constituencies, including policy communities, governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
  • Capacity to manage multiple units with complex academic programs, administrative staff, budgets, and faculty needs;
  • Successful record of obtaining internal and/or external grants and fundraising, or a demonstrated willingness to do so;
  • A strong commitment to collegial administration, transparency, and inclusiveness.

For more information, visit the Walker Institute website.


How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Cover letter that articulates the candidate’s proposed vision for the Walker Institute
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diversity statement
  • Names and contact information, including telephone number and email address, for three references

Applications should be sent to the search committee chair, Dr. Tammi Richardson, at richardson@biol.sc.edu. For full consideration, all application materials must be received no later than May 4, 2021. It is anticipated that the appointment will begin July 1, 2021.


An Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. 

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

  • Tammi Richardson, Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences (Search Committee Chair)
  • Jessica Barnes, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Earth, Ocean and the Environment
  • David Cardenas, Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Associate Professor, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
  • Josh Grace, Assistant Professor, Department of History
  • Judy Kalb, Associate Professor of Russian, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Carla Pfeffer, Director of Women's and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Qiana Whitted, Interim Associate Dean for College Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Programs and Professor of English (ex-officio)
  • Matthew Wilson, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Title Date
Search committee meeting Tues, 4/20
Formal announcement of search  Weds, 4/21
Application submission deadline Tues, 5/4
Search committee meeting Weds, 5/5 Meeting Agenda
Finalist presentations/interviews Weds, 5/12 - Thurs, 5/13
Search committee meeting Fri, 5/14
Final decision target date Fri, 5/21

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. 

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.


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