Call for Applications: Faculty Director of

The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme (H&ADT) seeks a faculty director to lead its focus area on the Human Dimensions of Global Challenges.

Established in 2015, the H&ADT seeks to revitalize the humanities and the arts at Ohio State through innovative programs and investments that are inter-disciplinary and student-centered, to enhance Ohio State’s national recognition, and to demonstrate the ability of the humanities and the arts to contribute to our understanding and solving of real-world problems.  Having launched eleven, two-year pilot projects in 2016, the H&ADT also defined its first focus area, Human Dimensions of Global Challenges, and that focus area’s first priority area, Global Mobility and Migration (GMM). Searches for tenure-eligible faculty in the GMM priority area are planned for this year, subject to budgetary approval. Goals for 2017-18 include defining a second focus area as well as additional priority areas for enduring investments of resources.

The faculty director will oversee the focus area on Human Dimensions of Global Challenges in consultation with the lead dean.  Responsibilities will include creation of a strategic plan for the focus area; oversight of and facilitation of connections across existing pilot projects;  identification of  additional priority areas; recommending new faculty positions and facilitating the search and recruitment processes of approved searches; planning and overseeing H&ADT-supported programs, including possible extension of the current postdoc program and next generation humanities PhD initiative; meeting with other Discovery Theme faculty leaders and providing reports to the Office of Academic Affairs and other university offices; communicating the activities of the H&ADT to internal and external audiences; managing budgetary resources; and supervising a staff program coordinator.  Ideally, the director should hold the rank of professor or associate professor in a unit appropriate for the focus area. S/he must demonstrate a commitment to inter-disciplinary collaboration and student success.  Desired skills include a record of professional accomplishment, leadership and problem-solving experience, managerial acumen, and the ability to develop alliances among academic and public sectors. 

The faculty director will serve a term of two years, renewable, and will receive a 50 percent teaching reduction plus summer compensation.

To apply, interested faculty should submit a cover letter, c.v., and a concise statement (2-3 pages maximum) explaining why the faculty director position is desired.  Review of applications will begin on Monday, October 9 and continue until the position is filled.  Application materials should be submitted to Peter L. Hahn, Lead Dean of the H&ADT, at hahn.29@osu.edu.

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