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Tenured Associate or Full Professor and Director and Dean of SCiLL

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Competitive Salary
Date posted
Nov 2, 2023

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time

Tenured Associate or Full Professor and Director and Dean of SCiLL
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Department Description:  
As the largest unit on campus, the College of Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of the Carolina experience. The College consists of 43 academic departments and curricula and numerous programs, centers and institutes. It is home to more than 18,000 undergraduate students, including all of the University’s first-year and second-year students. About 2,300 graduate students study and teach in the College.

In 2019, UNC-CH formed the Program for Public Discourse (PPD), recognizing that the complex nature of the pressing issues of our day require reasoned debate rooted in a strong foundation of basic knowledge and a spirit of open intellectual inquiry. The mission of PPD lies at the heart of higher education and is reiterated in Carolina’s strategic framework, Carolina Next: Innovations for the Public Good, and in the strategic plan of the College of Arts & Sciences. 

Endorsed by the Board of Trustees on January 30, 2020, Carolina Next includes Strategic Initiative 5, ‘Promote Democracy.’ Objective 5.2 is to ‘work constructively across differences in society, starting by promoting respect and listening.’ Here several strategic opportunities are listed to support the goal of ‘build[ing] the capacity to engage constructively across differences with evidence, intellectual humility, and respect’ – including to ‘develop the Communication Beyond Carolina capacity requirements in the IDEAs in Action General education Curriculum’ and ‘conceptualize and develop the UNC Program for Public Discourse, emphasizing respectful dialogue in classes and public events.’ Objective 5.3 calls for exploration of the relationship between ’humanity’s highest purposes’ and democratic life. 

In 2023, to fulfill the ‘democratic competencies’ goals of Carolina Next (5.2-3) and in light of the increased pressures and challenges facing our democracy, the Board of Trustees identified the need for degree-oriented programs in the area of Civic Life and Leadership and resolved that the campus accelerate development of a School of Civic Life and Leadership (SCiLL). Subsequently an ad hoc faculty committee refined plans for an interdisciplinary, degree-granting unit within the College of Arts and Sciences. In September 2023, SCiLL was established by the Provost and an act of the North Carolina General Assembly. In October 2023, the inaugural faculty, representing Communication, English and Comparative Literature, History, Music, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, and Psychology and Neuroscience Departments within the College, was appointed, and an interim Director and Dean named.

SCiLL will operate as an academic unit within the College of Arts and Sciences and house the existing Program for Public Discourse. The chair of SCiLL will carry the title ‘Director and Dean’ and will report to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. SCiLL will be an interdisciplinary unit with its own tenured faculty, offering courses as well as programs of study. Faculty in SCiLL will be appointed into tenured, tenure-accruing, and term positions as appropriate within the unit and may also hold joint or courtesy appointments with other units at the University.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:  

UNC Chapel Hill is well-positioned to become the national leader among public universities in building capacities for civic life and leadership and confronting the challenges that face our democracy by nurturing future generations of citizen-scholars. The vision for SCiLL is that it will provide a home specifically for the study and practice of public discourse, civic engagement and leadership. SCiLL aspires to leverage Carolina’s disciplinary strengths and establish robust connections with units across the College of Arts and Sciences. Rooted in the American political experience and democracy, SCiLL will fulfill this vision through a proposed fourfold approach: 

Public-facing: Model and showcase effective public discourse in a manner that fosters meaningful conversations on campus and beyond. This will involve incorporating the Program for Public Discourse (PPD) into SCiLL, as well as building on PPD’s experience and strengths. 

Campus-facing: Offer opportunities for members of the campus community to develop and enhance their civic engagement skills. These skills may include oral presentation, conflict resolution, and navigating challenging conversations. 

Student-facing: Develop a curriculum for SCiLL that is fully integrated into the College’s IDEAS in Action general education curriculum. SCiLL’s curriculum will offer students interdisciplinary training in civics, the humanities, and scientific literacy, promoting a culture of reasoned and respectful disagreement, and openness to changing one’s mind. 

Faculty and Visiting Scholar focus: Develop faculty scholarship and host a prominent Visiting Fellows program, supporting semester-long conversations on contentious topics. This program will be open to scholars from various backgrounds, both within and outside academia. 

The Position: 
A tenured Associate or Full Professor and Director and Dean of SCiLL, reporting to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will play a pivotal role in shaping the School’s academic, intellectual, and administrative direction. Responsibilities include: 
- collaborating with colleagues to shape the academic mission, vision, curriculum and programs of the school, consistent with the mission of the College and the University’s goal to be a leading global public research university; 
- increasing the strength and vitality of the school’s educational and scholarly mission by promoting the recruitment and retention of top faculty; 
- creating a culture that fosters a spirit of cooperation between faculty, staff, and students; 
- collaborating on development and fundraising initiatives with the College and campus to support teaching, research, and artistic activities; 
- collaborating in the recruitment, retention, and success of high-caliber students and providing them with superior academic and professional experience; 
- providing leadership to the faculty of the school, including conducting annual reviews, promoting faculty development and opportunities for success convening and presiding over regular faculty meetings in a culture of transparency and healthy communication; 
- overseeing and collaborating with leadership and faculty in the Program for Public Discourse; and 
- actively engaging with the public. 

Applications and Nominations 
Priority consideration will be given to materials received by November 15, 2023. Applications should include a 1) current CV and 2) a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications described above. 

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Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:  

Education Requirements:  
The School of Civic Life and Leadership seeks an academic leader with experience rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Candidates must have a PhD in a related academic field and a demonstrated record of research and scholarship in a discipline, but also show evidence of interdisciplinary interest and experience. 

This position is open to scholars in any discipline. We seek a candidate who has demonstrated: 
- an intellectual commitment to robust argument and clear communication to a broad audience in their own discipline and beyond; 
- a vision for how to guide students through a well-integrated liberal arts curriculum that not only prepares them for a career but also for a life sustained by curiosity, lively debate, shared reflection on profound questions, service to others and our democracy, and relationships across deep difference; and 
- an appreciation for the role of the natural sciences and the scientific method of inquiry in civic life.

Qualifications and Experience:  
Preference will be given to those candidates with: 

- a national reputation for scholarship and a demonstrable record of fostering excellence in research, teaching, and service; 
- broad interdisciplinary scope in accomplished work or teaching; 
- a demonstrated record of collaboration and cooperation across diverse units and negotiating competing objectives in a university environment; 
- demonstrated administrative experience, a high standard of professional integrity and strong team-building skills; and 
- the ability to effectively articulate the school’s vision and mission to the students, faculty, alumni, and the public.

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Department Contact Name and Title:  Duywuna Millner, Executive Assistant

Department Contact Telephone or Email:

Posting Open Date:  10/26/2023

Posting Close Date:  11/27/2023

Open Until Filled:  No

Office of Human Resources Contact Information:  
If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status. 

If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.

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