Professor and Director of Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University invites applicants with academic administrative and fundraising experience and expertise in American women and politics to apply for the position of professor and director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.

The director will continue to enhance the state, national and international reputation of the center. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall administration of this college center including fund-raising; donor relations; oversight of a budget consisting of multiple general fund and foundation accounts; strategic planning; program development, implementation and evaluation; management of high-profile lecture series; and hiring, supervision and evaluation of center support staff. Other duties include media relations (interviews with print, radio, and television media); collaboration with other university, local, state and national organizations focused on women, politics and civic engagement; and presentations to local, state and national groups about women and politics, leadership, and other related topics.


Founded in 1992, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center is the second oldest university-based center focusing on women and politics in the United States. Its nationally recognized programs are designed to interest, educate, and engage citizens in the political process. The Catt Center’s research activities include the web-based Archives of Women’s Political Communication, Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics, Women in Iowa Politics database of original research reports; and Gender Balance Project. Its outreach programs include the Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics lecture series and Ready to Run Iowa: Campaign Training for Women. Other Catt Center programs include the Legacy of Heroines and Stanley Global Leaders scholarships; Women Impacting ISU annual calendar; and Plaza of Heroines. The Catt Center is located administratively in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State’s core and academically most diverse college with programs in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. The college is committed to student success, helping students acquire the intellectual depth and breadth to become knowledgeable, inquisitive and creative citizens and leaders, ready to address the challenges of the 21st century. College faculty lead internationally renowned research programs and teach approximately 50 percent of all undergraduate student credit hours at Iowa State University. The college offers nearly 50 baccalaureate degrees in addition to master’s and Ph.D. degrees. Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff. Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community. Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.


Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution. All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.


Required Education and Experience

- PhD from a reputable, accredited institution.

- A distinguishing record in research, teaching, and service that qualifies the candidate for tenure at the rank of full professor in one of the academic departments in the college.

- Demonstrated knowledge/expertise in American women and politics.

- Administrative experience directing an academic center or program. Preferred Education and Experience

- Record of publications and presentations in the field of American women and politics.

- Regional or national professional organization experience/leadership.

- Demonstrated success in fundraising.

- Experience in budget management.

- Experience in public/media relations.

- Experience supervising staff and/or mentoring students.


Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email [email protected].

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following: 1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter – include a statement of the candidate’s administrative philosophy and experience 3) Contact Information for Three Professional References If you have questions regarding this application process, please email [email protected] or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.