Director of Research and (open rank) Professor

Job description

Director of Research in the A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research, and (open rank) Professor

Job ID: 223417
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 the Bagwell College of Education, and its constituent Departments, can be found at

Information about the Radow College of Humanities and Social Science, and its constituent Departments, 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 A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research, can be found at:

Job Summary
Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a senior leadership position in the A. L. Burruss Institute. This position will also hold faculty rank which will be determined at the time of hire and commensurate with experience. The position's home department can be in any one of the following three Colleges (the Bagwell College of Education, the Radow College of Humanities and Social Science, or the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services); or it can be a joint appointment spanning Colleges if appropriate.

The mission of the A. L. Burruss Institute, which is housed organizationally within the University's Office of the Vice President for Research, is to “enhance the ability of governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations to make informed decisions for the public good by providing relevant data, technical resources and skill development.” The successful candidate will have a 25-50% administrative appointment to the A. L. Burruss Institute to serve as its Director of Research and will report, in that capacity, to the Vice President for Research. This is a nine-month academic position with summer support negotiable.

The Director of Research will provide strategic leadership and management over the Institute's research agenda and service delivery strategy and is charged with increasing the visibility and profile of the Institute. Consequently, the incumbent will have a central leadership role in positioning KSU as a hub of program evaluation both statewide and nationally.

Responsibilities of this position include:

    Setting research priorities for the Institute; Collaborating with Institute faculty and staff to grow, conceptualize, and implement a variety of projects in support of the Institute's mission, with a particular emphasis on evaluation research; Discovering, conducting and managing interdisciplinary research projects and services; Growing current, and diversifying, revenue streams in support of the Institute's mission; Bridging different substantive areas across campus in support of KSU's goal to be a top-tier R2 University producing research with relevance that creates and refines knowledge that is aligned to real-world applications; Increasing the visibility of the Institute both internally and externally.

In addition, this newly created position will support an increase in campus-wide research productivity with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and research.

The successful candidate is also expected to teach courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as develop new courses, in their area(s) 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 education, public health, social and behavioral science, public or nonprofit management or policy, or a related field; and 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.

Substantial experience in program evaluation, as well as strong academic and research credentials directly related to qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods, are essential for this position.

Preferred Qualifications
Expertise and experience in program evaluation, survey research, and study design is a preferred qualification for this position. While the candidate may focus primarily on one or several approaches to research methodology (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, community-based participatory research, field experiments, survey research/interviewing/focus groups, and large dataset analyses), they are expected to be conversant across a broad range of methods and approaches. We are particularly interested in candidates who have research expertise in the practice of evaluation in diverse contexts such as education, public health, social and behavioral interventions, government policies, healthcare settings, and/or community programming.

Qualified candidates will have demonstrated competence in research, evaluation, grant writing, and scholarship. Candidates should have a track record of securing extramural grants and/or contracts, with relevant experience working on funded projects, and evidence of a commitment to collaboration with faculty and students.

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

Apply Before Date
For full consideration, apply by March 14, 2021.

Contact Information
For questions about this faculty opening, please contact Dr. Bill Diong, 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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Posted: 2/12/2021
Application Due: 5/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time