The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona, invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, to begin Fall 2015. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2014.
The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) is a multi-disciplinary unit focusing on the region known as the Near or Middle East, which includes the Arab world, Iran, Israel, and Turkey, providing a full range of language courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. MENAS aims to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a well-rounded interdisciplinary education emphasizing linguistic proficiency and exploring the complexities of culture, history, and politics in the region. MENAS is also home to the newly established Arizona Arabic Flagship Program and the Arizona Center for Turkish Studies and coordinates activities with the Title VI-funded Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), and the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), all of which are located on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.
The Director is expected to advance the School’s mission by attracting, mentoring, and retaining the highest quality faculty, expanding and broadening the School’s research activities and funding, maintaining innovative educational programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and fostering public engagement and outreach. Field of specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary engagement in the humanities and/or social sciences and who complement and build on the School’s strengths.
* Provide leadership, guidance, and direction to the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies.
* Lead a team of academically strong and diverse individuals, and provide guidance on issues including recruitment, retention, and management and development of faculty and staff.
* Champion the teaching mission of the School’s multi-disciplinary programs, including student community engagement.
*Contribute to both graduate and undergraduate teaching, curriculum and program development.
* Advance the School’s research funding and reputation. Fundraising is essential to the success of MENAS, and development experience is preferred.
* Organize and manage the School for maximum efficiency.
* Develop, articulate, and execute a clear vision of the School that is inclusive of the mission of education and research suitable for a unit in an American Association of Universities institution.
* Enhance the diversity of faculty and staff, reflecting the diverse constituencies (e.g., faculty, students, communities) served by the School.
* Actively encourage and support professional and academic development of the faculty. Proactively promote pursuit of academic development up to and including the Professor level.
* Support and promote the Arizona Arabic Flagship Program and the Arizona Center for Turkish Studies, both of which are housed in the School of MENAS.
* Establish relationships of trust, collaboration, and respect between faculty, administration, and the community.
* Work to develop and secure support for multi-disciplinary relationships and partnerships with other areas of the University of Arizona.
* Represent MENAS appropriately in the larger college and university settings.