Director of Research for the KSU CARES Programs and (open rank) Professor

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Director of Research for the KSU CARES Programs and (open rank) Professor

Job ID: 223604
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Ranked a top choice for students by U.S. News, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status.

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Department Information
Information about KSU CARES can be found at

Information about the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services, and its constituent Departments, can be found at

Information about the College of Humanities and Social Science, and its constituent Departments, can be found at

Information about the Bagwell College of Education, and its constituent Departments, can be found at

Job Summary
Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for an open-rank tenured or tenure track position as Director of Research for the university's innovative Campus Awareness, Resource, & Empowerment Services (CARES) programs. The Director will also hold a faculty appointment, with their home department residing in one or more of the following colleges within the university: the Bagwell College of Education, the Radow College of Humanities and Social Science, or the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services. Rank is determined at the time of hire and will be commensurate with experience. This is a nine-month academic position with summer support negotiable.

The mission of CARES is to provide access to food, temporary housing, and other supportive services to foster students' realization of a healthy, stable, and dignified life academically and professionally. Furthermore, to serve as a model of professional excellence and effectiveness by upholding core values of social justice, equity, economic sustainability, and mutual partnership.

The Director of Research for the CARES programs, which serves both KSU students and the broader metro-Atlanta community, will have a central leadership role in positioning KSU as a hub of collegiate programming specifically targeting vulnerable populations in need of assistance, e.g., financial, food, and/or housing, etc.

To facilitate this role, the successful candidate will have an up to 25% administrative appointment to KSU CARES.

The KSU CARES Director of Research will lead research initiatives aimed at evaluating and disseminating evidence-based practices related to CARES. The candidate will also be expected to secure external funding for efficacy and effectiveness evaluation of the CARES programs, followed by the pursuit of external funding to conduct dissemination and implementation research to be able to expand the programs more broadly. This research is in support of KSU's goal to be student-focused and research-driven, and to be a top tier R2 University producing research with relevance that creates and refines knowledge that is aligned to real-world applications.

The candidate will also maintain their own dynamic research program related to community engagement and/or support of vulnerable populations and teach and develop university courses in their discipline. The candidate will be a faculty member with strong leadership and entrepreneurial skills who strives for excellence in teaching and professional and scholarly achievements in their area of expertise. Service to the department, college, and/or institution will be required, while service to the professional community will be strongly encouraged.

Required Qualifications
Candidates must have an earned terminal degree or its foreign equivalent in either social work, public health, social and behavioral science, education, public or nonprofit administration or policy, or a related field. Candidates must also have a strong research agenda, including evidence or promise of success in obtaining external funding; experience teaching courses in, or related to, their field of expertise. For tenure consideration, the successful candidate must hold tenure and/or possess experience and achievements sufficient to qualify for tenure.

Qualified candidates should show evidence of:

(1) commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice, and (2) teaching experience and research related to the mission of KSU CARES. They should have demonstrated competence in study design (including program evaluation), data analysis, grant writing, and research scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred candidates should (1) possess an earned doctoral degree or its foreign equivalent, (2) demonstrate a consistent track record of securing and administering external grants and contracts, and (3) show evidence of a commitment to collaboration with faculty, staff, students and community partners.

Required Documents to Attach

  1. Letter of Application (please highlight leadership and/or administrative experience)
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Academic Transcripts (official transcripts due upon hire)
  4. Statement of Research/Scholarship Interests
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  6. List of Names and Contact Information of Three References
  7. Sample Publications (no more than five) and Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness should be combined into one file and uploaded under ‘Additional Documents'

Apply Before Date
For full consideration, apply by 3/21/2021.

Contact Information
For questions about this faculty opening, please contact Dr. Bill Diong, search committee chair, 470-578-5574, [email protected].

For more information or questions about a faculty job posting, please contact Academic Affairs at [email protected]. For technical support, please call OneUSG Connect Support at 877-251-2644, or by email at [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007.

Participant ID: 61415

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Job No:
Posted: 2/11/2021
Application Due: 2/11/2033
Work Type: Full Time