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Director and Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Glendale, Arizona
to commensurate with experience
Start date
Oct 10, 2023

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SSBS) in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a 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 a nationally and globally engaged R1 research institution. SSBS transcends disciplinary boundaries and fosters cutting-edge work that engages with the community and the world. SSBS seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that reflects our commitment to serve the people of our state and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The candidate must be eager to advance ASU’s charter and its commitment to inclusion [].

We seek a leader who has an open, dynamic, and transformative leadership style, practices transparency and collaboration, and has a track record of institutional advocacy. 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 SSBS; 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 SSBS faculty and strengthens existing and developing initiatives. Skills in team-building to support initiatives and the ability to envision and pursue new opportunities are essential. 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 Initiative, and more.  

About the School:

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers 16 majors, four graduate programs, six certificates, and 10 minors, and has 77 full-time faculty. We serve approximately 3,800 undergraduate majors (3,100 online and 700 in person) and 1,100 Masters students (1,000 online and 100 in person). Students in SSBS are 31% first generation and 42% racial or ethnic minority. With an academically rigorous, career-focused, student-centered approach, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at New College offers an unmatched educational experience.

The mission of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is consistent with that of a metropolitan research university. Our priority is the discovery of new knowledge in all of our degree areas, including: Communication, Conflict Resolution, Political Science, 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 (e.g.,, 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 SSBS 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 they relate 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 SSBS is proud of the accomplishments of our faculty, students, and graduates.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is one of four 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 applications 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.

All that we do at ASU is guided and inspired by the University Charter, which reads:

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.

Successful candidates will demonstrate throughout their materials how their teaching, research, and service will contribute to the fulfillment of this charter.

Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Provide administrative vision, leadership, and management for the School 
  • Foster and contribute to innovation and collaboration in teaching, research, and service that advances the ASU charter 
  • Foster and contribute to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research and teaching 
  • Foster inclusion at the student, faculty, and staff levels and across all aspects of the School's operations
  • Engage in research and teaching that complement and strengthen current and emerging offerings and emphases in SSBS 


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in a social or behavioral science or related interdisciplinary field, which may include Anthropology, Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or similar
  • An excellent research record warranting appointment as a Full Professor with Tenure at ASU
  • Evidence of academic leadership in a department, school, college, or university setting

Desired Qualifications:  

  • Previous experience as chair or director of an academic unit
  • Commitment to institutional and/or community leadership, service, teaching, and research that will advance the ASU Charter
  • Experience growing research and degree programs and managing growth and expansion
  • Ability to promote interdisciplinary collaborations in research and teaching within a large unit and across different schools and colleges
  • Commitment to engage in and promote service at all levels of the University, the profession, and the community
  • Openness to new perspectives and innovative approaches
  • Ability to foster a collegial work environment
  • Experience promoting funded research
  • Active program of research, publication, and grant-seeking
  • Commitment to development and mentorship of staff and faculty (tenured, tenure-track, career-track)
  • Evidence of institutional advocacy on behalf of faculty, students, staff, and other constituents
  • Commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including first-generation college students
  • A record of successful teaching and student mentorship
  • Experience with online teaching and/or managing online education

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: 

The initial application deadline is November 26, 2023, 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. All required materials must be submitted at time of initial application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit all application materials to

Applications must contain:

  • Cover letter that addresses the required and desired qualifications and how your experience will demonstrate the University Charter
  • Curriculum vitae with contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address
  • Leadership/administrative vision statement describing potential immediate and long-term ideas for advancing the School.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness – e.g., student evaluations, syllabi, peer observation, annual evaluations, etc. 
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts
  • Information for three professional references (their position, title, email, phone number); one reference must be from your current or most recent employer

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. (See and

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