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Director and Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

New College - Arizona State University
ASU’s West Campus
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 4, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for School Director. We are seeking exceptional senior candidates for appointment at the rank of Full Professor. This is an opportunity to take a leadership role in a rapidly growing, socially embedded, innovative School in an R1 research institution. SBS transcends disciplinary boundaries and fosters cutting-edge work that engages with the community and the world. Like the rest of ASU, SBS seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of our state, to maintain excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

We seek a leader who has an open, dynamic, and transformative leadership style, practices transparency and collaboration, and has a proven track record of institutional advocacy. The candidate must be able to advance ASU’s charter and its commitment to diversity and inclusion []. Skills in team-building to support initiatives and the ability to envision and pursue new opportunities are essential. The successful applicant will be expected to provide administrative vision, leadership, and management for the School; to contribute to and foster the School’s interdisciplinary teaching and research missions; to engage in research and teaching that complement and strengthen current offerings and emphases in SBS; to engage undergraduate and graduate students both in teaching and research; and, to coordinate efforts to build on our successful record of acquiring research funding that draws upon the diverse expertise and methodologies of SBS faculty and strengthens existing and developing initiatives. Some recent examples that particularly reflect our commitment to social justice, inclusion, and innovation include the Global Human Rights Hub, Resilience in Social Environments (RISE), and Biological and Behavioral, Computational and Critical (B2C2) Data, and more.  


About the School:

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences serves approximately 5,000 undergraduate majors (4,000 online and 1,000 in person) and 1,800 Masters students (1,700 online and 100 in person). Students in SSBS are 53% Pell-eligible, 64% first generation, and 43% racial and ethnic minority. The School has over 80 full time faculty, 15 undergraduate degrees, 8 Master’s level programs, and a PhD program. We are a research-oriented School, and our priority is the discovery of new knowledge in all of our degree areas, including: Communication, Conflict Resolution, Political Science, Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Sociology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Data Science, and Social Justice and Human Rights. We offer minors and certificates in such areas as Public Relations and Strategic Communication, Sociocultural Anthropology, and Diversity and Equity Studies. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty-student collaborative research projects, to explore cross-cultural and global perspectives, to employ advanced technology, and to apply what they have learned in community-based internships.

A founding premise of the school is that the study of human behavior, social institutions, and culture can be best understood through interdisciplinary perspectives that integrate diverse intellectual and methodological systems of inquiry. Through challenging coursework, the students and faculty of SBS seek to understand how the human mind works, how we communicate with one another, how and why we organize into social and political groups as it relates to vital causes and issues, and ultimately how we make sense of our world and the many places we occupy within it. Members of our School are committed to excellence in teaching and research, and SBS is proud of the accomplishments of our faculty, students, and graduates.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is one of the schools within ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. More information about the School can be found at and more information about the New College can be found at

ASU is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

New College strives to uphold values of cultural and intellectual diversity and to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment where all can thrive, share ideas, and pursue their goals.


Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Provide administrative vision, leadership, and management for the School 
  • Foster interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research and teaching 
  • Foster inclusion, at the student, and faculty, and staff level and across all aspects of the school's operations
  • Contribute to the School’s interdisciplinary teaching and research missions 
  • Engage in research and teaching that complement and strengthen current offerings and emphases in SSBS 



Required Qualifications:

  • The person appointed must have a PhD in a social or behavioral science or related interdisciplinary field, which may include but is not limited to Anthropology, Communication, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology
  • A research record of excellence warranting appointment as a Full Professor with Tenure at ASU
  • Evidence of leadership in an academic context

Desired Qualifications:  

  • Evidence of ability to promote interdisciplinary collaborations in research and teaching within a large unit and across different schools and colleges
  • Engages critical paradigms, new perspectives, or innovative approaches
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion in leadership, scholarship and professional service 
  • Demonstrated experience promoting funded research
  • An ongoing program of research, publication, and grant-seeking
  • A record of successful teaching and mentorship
  • Experience with teaching and/or managing online education
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including first generation college students


Application Instructions

Application Deadline: 

The initial application deadline is December 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. A background check and official transcripts are required prior to employment. For assistance with your application, or for position-related questions, contact

Application Procedure:

Only electronic submissions via Interfolio will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit all application materials to

Applications must contain:

  • Cover letter that addresses the required and desired qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae with contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address
  • Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number)
  • A statement with specific examples and indication of impact that describes how your institutional and/or community leadership, service, teaching, and research interests and experience have intersected with and/or will contribute to matters of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and would advance the ASU Charter

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
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