Chicago, Illinois
May 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Chicago seeks a distinguished scholar to direct the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (“CSRPC” or “the Center”) to sustain its vital and vitalizing role for the study of race and ethnicity across academic fields, and to develop an ambitious vision for the Center’s future. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to path-breaking research and bring leadership and creativity that will catalyze a collaborative reconceptualization of the Center’s mission and the University of Chicago campus. This directorship provides an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to one of the world’s great research universities, by facilitating thought leadership on race and the dynamics of racialization across a wide range of scholarship, diversifying faculty on campus, and serving as an influential voice on race. 

The Director should promote dynamic research and conversation transnationally and across racial and ethnic borders. With senior staff and committed colleagues, the Director will shape and implement a strategic vision, taking advantage both of the University’s distinct setting on Chicago’s South Side and of the University’s international presence in its global centers. The vision will be built on a history of supporting individual and collaborative research projects, hosting symposia, fostering curricular innovation, and collaborating with other centers at the university and with other institutions, organizations, and foundations across the city of Chicago.

The Director will work collaboratively with senior staff, faculty affiliates, deans, center directors, and university administration to promote the research agenda of faculty and students; and to ensure education and programming that is impactful and robust. They will serve as a visionary for the study of race within and beyond their own discipline(s), and serve as a collaborative institution builder and fundraiser, seeking opportunities to connect innovative research with external resources.

The University seeks an established scholar who will take advantage of the Center, and the University of Chicago, as unique platforms from which to develop an inspiring and influential voice to participate in conversations about race that are local, national, and international. The University of Chicago has engaged Isaacson, Miller to assist the search committee with this important recruitment. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to the CSRPC Search Committee in confidence to:

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination at Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should email  with their request.

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