Director, Carolina Population Center

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Director, Carolina Population Center

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Tenured/Tenure Track

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Carolina Population Center ( was established in 1966 to support the population research and training needs of an elected body of Faculty Fellows. The Center’s 76 active faculty fellows come from 17 departments in 3 schools or colleges and work with students, postdocs, staff, and other scholars on path-breaking research to address population issues in countries around the world, across the US, as well as locally, in North Carolina. Fellows are involved in domestic and international studies that span six focus areas: Aging in Diverse Contexts; Inequality, Mobility, and Well-being; Health and Social and Economic Productivity; Measurements and Methods; Population, Health, and Environment; Sexuality, Reproduction, Fertility, and Families. The Center is known for its signature research approaches that include modeling explanatory factors at multiple levels (from the biological to the contextual), longitudinal research design and analysis, and planning and evaluating interventions in complex settings. In the last decade, CPC Fellows engaged in funded population-related research on more than 100 projects, most supported by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Agency for International Development, and major foundations. The CPC is also home to a new branch of a Federal Statistical Research Data Center.

The Center’s training program reflects the multi-disciplinary research program of the Center. The postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees come from a diverse set of departments, ranging from sociology to health behavior, geography to epidemiology, anthropology to biostatistics. The Center’s staff provide services in proposal development, grant administration and financial management, IT, research programming and analysis, research communications, spatial data analysis, web support, applied North Carolina demography, and methodological consultation. These services are organized to meet the needs of the research and training activities.

Position Summary:

Director of the Carolina Population Center. Applications and nominations are invited from all scholarly fields concerned with population dynamics and change for the position of Director of the Carolina Population Center (CPC). The Director has institutional responsibilities for promoting and overseeing research, educational, and grant-development activities. The CPC is a community of scholars and professionals collaborating on interdisciplinary research and methods that advance understanding of population science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its goals are to create new knowledge about population size, structure, health, and processes of change; develop new sources of data to support population research; promote the development and use of innovative methodologies; build skills and capacity and train the next generation of scholars; and disseminate data and findings to population professionals, policymakers, and the public.

The Director will have an appointment at the rank of full professor in an appropriate academic department at UNC.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

PhD in a relevant field. The Director must have a record of distinguished population-focused scholarship, as well as the administrative, leadership, and grant-development skills required for a major research institution.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

The applicant should be a senior scholar who appreciates and fosters interdisciplinary research.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.

Special Instructions:

Applicants should submit the online application with a letter of application, a current CV, and a list of four references. Screening will begin November 29, 2021. The position will become available July 1, 2022.
Please refer questions to:Drs. Robert Hummer and Kathleen Mullan HarrisCo-Chairs, Search Committee for the CPC Directoremail: [email protected]; [email protected]


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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