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Director, Institute for Urban Policy Research

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
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Aug 4, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies
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Director, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis

College/School/Unit: College of Liberal Arts
Department: African and African Diaspora Studies
Posted: Oct 27, 2020
Apply By: Open until filled


The African and African Diaspora Studies Department at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for the Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA), which will begin in the Fall 2021 semester, subject to budget availability. This is an administrative faculty position providing leadership to a staff of six full-time employees, including an Associate Director, Assistant Director for Policy Research, Research Associate, Grants and Contracts Specialist, Multimedia Communications Specialist, and Administrative Associate, as well as one or more Postdoctoral Fellows. The incumbent will be expected to teach one undergraduate or graduate course each fall and spring semester. Interested candidates should have a strong record of policy research relevant to African Americans and African-American communities in the United States, one that attends to racial inequalities and disparities in health, education, political participation, economics, law, criminal justice and/or environmental justice.

Individuals from disciplines within the Humanities, Social Sciences, Education or Public Policy or representing professions such as Law, Social Work, Medicine, or Psychology are encouraged to apply.

The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA), created in 2010, is one of four campus units comprising Black Studies at UT, an academic cluster also including the African and African Diaspora Studies Department (AADS), the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS), and Art Galleries of Black Studies (AGBS). IUPRA conducts and promotes the production of policy-relevant research with the aim of redressing the multiple structural inequalities that impact the lives of African Americans (and other Black diasporic communities). The director of IUPRA will work with various legislative officials, organizations, and community stakeholders to identify issues of importance, as well as to provide research and analysis to inform public policy. The director will be charged with: 1. articulating a vision and strategic plan for the Institute by which a strong partnership can be fostered between those in leadership positions across the state of Texas, The University of Texas, and the national academic and policy communities; 2. identifying and obtaining external sources of funding, including government and foundation-sponsored grants and contracts; 3. overseeing and coordinating the work of the Institute's permanent staff, including research associates and administrators; and 4. working with Department and affiliated faculty and fellows to create curriculum and degree tracks, cultivate a social-science track to train graduate students and affiliates to produce policy-relevant research and publications to inform the work of policy makers and advocates.


The selected candidate must have a doctoral degree or terminal degree in their field and an established record of scholarship and teaching in any of the disciplines appropriate for a tenured full professor in the College of Liberal Arts, as well as demonstrated commitments to policy engagement and cross-field collaboration. The selected candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses; maintain a strong research program; demonstrate evidence of successful research productivity and success in obtaining external grant funds; direct graduate research; exhibit a commitment to service to the department, college, and university; and demonstrate a willingness to collaborate with colleagues in the department, college, and university.

IUPRA is part of the Black Studies suite which includes the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and Art Galleries at Black Studies. The Director reports to the AADS Chair and collaborates with the other Black Studies units.

Salary is competitive and dependent on qualifications and experience. Applicants from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are especially encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Texas at Austin, the flagship institution of The University of Texas System, is one of the nation's premier public research universities, a member of the AAU, and home to countless renowned departments, institutes, and centers. One of the original eight Public Ivy institutions, UT Austin also enjoys the good fortune of being situated in the center of the capital of Texas and a quarter mile from the Texas State Capitol. Austin is rated as one of the most attractive cities in which to work and live.

Application Instructions

Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Cherise Smith, Search Committee Chair and AADS Department Chair at

Applications should consist of a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; two representative scholarly publications; a concise statement on administration, research, and teaching; and names and contact information for five references (all in PDF format). Applicants are also encouraged to discuss in their cover letter or a separate statement their past or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion through their research, teaching and/or service.

Background check conducted on applicant selected.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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