Arizona State University (ASU, www.asu.edu) announces an
international search to recruit a Director for its T. Denny Sanford
School of Social and Family Dynamics (SSFD) in The College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences with a concurrent appointment as tenured
Professor. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1,
2022. ASU is a dynamic, internationally-recognized institution
dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, rethinking
university education, and integrating excellence in research,
teaching, and service. ASU serves more than 150,000 students on
five campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area, one of the fastest
growing urban centers in the nation, and globally through ASU
Online. It has been ranked first in the US for innovation (about.asu.edu) for
each of the last seven years and number one for sustainability for
the second year in a row.
The new Director of SSFD will lead an energetic,
interdisciplinary community of over 60 research, teaching, and
clinical faculty members and 19 staff members who maintain a strong
commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The school engages
in diverse approaches to study micro- and macro-level social and
developmental processes across the human lifespan which include the
study of society, institutions, communities, children and families,
and individuals. The school engages in rigorous use-inspired
research, and its faculty have an excellent track record of
securing external funding to support their scholarly endeavors with
annual research expenditures exceeding $3M.
The school hosts two undergraduate majors (Family and Human
Development and Sociology) with approximately 1,800 undergraduates
enrolled in online, in-person, or hybrid degree programs. The
School offers MA (online), MAS-MFT (campus-based), MS (online), and
PhD (campus-based) degrees in Family and Human Development and
Sociology. Recently re-launched, the Sociology Ph.D. program is
fast growing with 8 recent new hires, including a MacArthur Genius
Fellow, joining existing faculty, and a larger network of 50+
sociologists across the university. The Family and Human
Development PhD program is ranked 6th overall in North America and
2nd in the area of Adolescence and Young Adulthood. These programs
are designed to train students to think critically, to be
accountable to the communities with which they engage, and to
utilize a full repertoire of theoretical approaches and innovative
research methods, with training in quantitative and qualitative
approaches and an established specialization in measurement and
statistical analysis available to doctoral students.
Reporting to the Dean of Social Sciences within The College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences, the new Director will be an accomplished
leader who is passionate about advancing justice, equity,
diversity, and inclusion in both teaching and research and someone
with the capacity to engage faculty across a range of disciplines.
The new Director will be a visionary thinker and inclusive
relationship builder who will lead the school and its energetic
community of educators-scholars into the future by strategically
aligning the unified vision of SSFD with ASU’s mission of achieving
excellence and access, enhancing innovation and creativity in
research, increasing external funding, and achieving top-tier
programs. The new Director will provide effective leadership in
establishing a culture of collaboration by strengthening
connections among faculty, staff and students, while furthering
ASU’s commitment to interdisciplinarity and engagement with other
academic units at ASU and the wider community. Learn more about
what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by
The director’s responsibilities include (not in priority order):
work closely with the university; collaborate with faculty, staff
and the office of the dean in defining and articulating a vision
and implementing a strategic direction that fosters excellence,
innovation, interdisciplinary opportunities and generates
enrollment growth; cultivate and encourage the growth of rigorous,
impactful research by supporting existing faculty and hiring new
faculty with strong funding potential, and mentoring faculty to
advance grant writing and externally funded research; create a
culture in which multiple disciplines collaborate and work together
synergistically as one school striving for a cohesive work
environment in support of all faculty, interdisciplinary
initiatives and elevated student success; commitment to justice,
equity, diversity and inclusion including attracting, recruiting,
retaining, and promoting diverse faculty, staff, and students;
addressing new and existing challenges in an environment of
transparency; leverage SSFD’s impressive online presence through
expansion of greater online offerings including identification of
new areas of interest for program development and support the
overall teaching mission more broadly.
A PhD or equivalent is required in family science, human
development, psychology, sociology or in a related field or
A distinguished scholarly record commensurate with the rank of
Demonstrated experience in an academic leadership position.
Demonstrated commitment to advancing rigorous research,
excellence in teaching, and impactful community engagement.
Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, diversity and
Ability to work with a diverse group of constituencies with
exceptional problem-solving and conflict management skills while
leading with transparency toward a shared academic goal.
A record of effective leadership and innovation to build an
enterprise with vision through strategic planning, assessment and
outreach activities with industry partners, grant-awarding agencies
Experience in cultivating and encouraging rigorous, impactful
research and supporting externally funded- research with knowledge
of federal funding mechanisms related to these fields.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience of academic program
development, development of interdisciplinary education, and
appreciation and demonstrated success with online education.
Experience related to effective hiring and management of faculty
and staff, budgeting, and academic policies.
Experience mentoring faculty and students in advancing
high-quality research and scholarly productivity.
Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and
continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive
environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can
strengthen the diversity of the academic community. Salary and
start-up funding will be competitive and commensurate with
qualifications. Review of applications will begin in December and
if not filled, applications will be evaluated every week thereafter
until the search is closed.
To apply for the Director, T. Denny SanfordSchool of Social and
Family Dynamics position, candidates must submit the following
- a curriculum vitae,
- a letter of interest that addresses the leadership
opportunities in the profile,
- a statement that addresses how past and/or potential
contributions to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion will
advance SSFD’s and ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence,
- contact information for four references (to be contacted with
candidate’s permission at a later date) to: ASUDirectorSSFD@agbsearch.com
by December 8, 2021 for
Nominations and expressions of interest in the director of the
T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics opportunity
are encouraged. Please direct them to ASUDirectorSSFD@agbsearch.com
or to the AGB Search consultants Jean Kim, EdD, email@example.com
C: 303-638-7811 or Joy Yablonsky, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 be considered without regard to race, color, sex,
religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or
any other basis protected by law. https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html.
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