Director and Professor of School of Languages, Cultures, and Race

Job Details

Title:

105-NN - Director and Professor

Business Title:

Director and Professor of School of Languages, Cultures, and Race

Additional Titles:

Location:

WSU PULLMAN CAMPUS

Employee Type:

Faculty

Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

Position Summary:

Washington State University seeks a visionary leader for the position of Director of the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race in the College of Arts and Sciences. Formed in 2018, the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race (SLCR) cultivates deep transdisciplinary understanding of linguistic, cultural, national, social, and racial perspectives within the U.S. and in a global context. SLCR is a unique and exciting academic unit, bringing together scholars working in diverse areas and disciplines. Together with the school’s current faculty and staff, the Director is expected to serve within and across those multiple disciplines, sustaining core academic areas while also developing linkages and collaborations between the school’s different components. The successful candidate is expected to have an exceptional record of collaborative leadership in research, education, and service in one of the following areas: Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Japanese Studies and Japanese American Studies, or Latino/a American Studies and Spanish. Applications are invited for a permanent full-time 9-month, tenure eligible position at the rank of full professor with a summer appointment connected to duties as director. Successful candidates will be expected to begin the four (4) year renewable appointment as Director on August 16, 2023.

The Opportunity:

The appointment distribution for the position is 80% administrative leadership, 10% teaching, and 10% research. The Director will be expected to maintain a strong research agenda in their area of expertise. The position carries a 1/0 teaching load with the expectation to teach courses within the Comparative Ethnic Studies curriculum as well as graduate seminars for the American Studies and Culture Ph.D. Program.

As Director, the successful candidate will:

  • Collaboratively develop and implement strategies for the School to strengthen its teaching, research, and student support and commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion

  • Foster a collaborative culture and environment in a multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary School

  • Administer and lead the delivery of the academic programs and the regular refresh and renewal of the unit’s curricula, delivery methods, and teaching activities

  • Champion the School to the university administration, other university units, and external stakeholders

  • Oversee recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students, and support their continued professional growth and development

  • Oversee the management of the department, with budgetary responsibilities for strategic, academic, and operational development

  • Serve as a member of the College of Arts and Sciences broader academic leadership team and work collaboratively to position the School within both college and university priorities

A general outline of duties and responsibilities for school directors/department chairs can be found at https://provost.wsu.edu/procedures/chairs-directors/duties-and-responsibilities/.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies (open area); American Studies, Japanese Studies, Japanese American Studies, Japanese, Latino/a/x American Studies, Spanish, or other related fields by hire date.

  • Must have a record of accomplishments in research, teaching commensurate with school, college, and university standards for tenure at the level of full professor.

  • Evidence of administrative leadership experience (e.g., chair of an academic unit or other academic program, associate chair, director of undergraduate or graduate studies, or chairing a high-ranking university committee, or equivalent experience)

  • Proven effective teaching and instruction

  • Demonstrated commitment to campus diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts

  • Familiarity with in inter/trans disciplinary contexts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of working successfully in inter/trans disciplinary contexts

  • Evidence of commitment to retention and student-success initiatives

Salary/Benefits:

Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and accompanied by excellent fringe benefits. Please see http://hrs.wsu.edu/employees/benefits/.

To Apply:

Visit wsu.edu/jobs, select your appropriate employment status, and search for R-7110. Please upload the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications for this position

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Future Director’s Statement: In a separate statement, please provide your assessment of the opportunities and challenges that might face a combined school of languages and cultural/ethnic studies at a public research university. You are welcome to review the current structure and units of WSU’s SLCR, but we do not expect from this distance a detailed assessment of the unit. Rather we are most interested in your vision of scholarship, teaching, and engagement in such a unit, as well as how you understand your role in meeting the specifics opportunities and challenges that might accompany that vision. (Enter Director's Statement in the Teaching Statement questionnaire)

  • Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as an Administrative Leader Statement

  • Names, addresses, and contact information of at least three references who can address your history of and potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service (letters will be requested at a later time)

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Katie Cooper (cmcooper@wsu.edu), Associate Dean for Faculty and search committee chair.

About WSU, Pullman, CAS, and the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race: Washington State University, a land grant, multiple-campus Research 1 institution.This position will serve on the Pullman campus, which has an enrollment of around 20,000 students and is located in Southeastern Washington on the homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. For more information about the region, please see https://pullmanchamber.com.

Encompassing more than 30 departments, schools, and research institutes on five campuses statewide, the College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of WSU. Together our 730+ faculty and staff deliver more than 50% of WSU’s total undergraduate and graduate instruction, including the vast majority of WSU’s core curriculum. We also drive annual research expenditures of more than $26 million, with wide interdisciplinary strengths in public and community health, environmental change, equity and social justice, and data and technology at the boundaries. As Arts & Sciences begins its 10th anniversary as a unified college, we seek to lead a reimagining of WSU’s land-grant mission for the 21st century, expanding the boundaries of creativity and discovery while simultaneously recognizing more completely our obligations to Native and Indigenous peoples.For more about the College of Arts & Sciences at WSU, please see https://cas.wsu.edu.

The School of Languages, Cultures, and Race was formed in 2018, and houses the undergraduate degrees in Comparative Ethnic Studies, Humanities, Foreign Languages, and Social Sciences. It also houses the PhD Program in American Studies. The School is home to more than 30 faculty across three campuses of the WSU system whose areas of research include race, racial identity and racism, cultural productions of 9/11, food sovereignty and justice, health inequities, language acquisition and language pedagogy, linguistics, popular culture, literature, translation, cultural politics of sport, gender and sexuality, technologies of time and space, and social justice. SLCR offers majors and/or second majors in Comparative Ethnic Studies, Foreign Languages and Cultures (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish), Humanities, and Social Sciences, and 13 minors and certificates in different areas. SLCR also offers a PhD in American Studies and Culture. For more information on SLCR, please visit our website: https://slcr.wsu.edu/.

WSU acknowledges that its locations statewide are on the homelands of Native American peoples, who have lived in this region and have been caretakers of the land from time immemorial. The Morrill Act of 1862 established our land-grant institution by providing public and federal lands that are traced back to the disposition of Indigenous lands, often taken by coercive and violent acts, and the disregard of treaties. For that, we extend our deepest apologies. We owe our deepest gratitude to the Native peoples of this region and maintain our commitment towards reconciliation. And as a land-grant institution, WSU is deeply committed to the land-grant mission, its Memorandums of Understanding with Native tribes in the region, and a tradition of service to society. To read the full WSU land acknowledgement, please see https://wsu.edu/about/wsu-land-acknowledgement/.

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, & a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (see https://advance.wsu.edu)

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

Additional Information:

Area/College: College of Arts and Sciences

Department Name: School of Languages, Cultures, and Race

City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164

Department Link: slcr.wsu.edu/

Monthly Salary: Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and accompanied by excellent fringe benefits. Please see http://hrs.wsu.edu/employees/benefits/

FTE: 100%

Tenure Track: Yes

This is a permanent position.
Screening Begin Date: Formal screening of applications will begin October 19, 2022 and will remain ongoing until a successful applicant has been identified.
Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Required Documents:

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications for this position

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Future Director’s Statement: In a separate statement, please provide your assessment of the opportunities and challenges that might face a combined school of languages and cultural/ethnic studies at a public research university. You are welcome to review the current structure and units of WSU’s SLCR, but we do not expect from this distance a detailed assessment of the unit. Rather we are most interested in your vision of scholarship, teaching, and engagement in such a unit, as well as how you understand your role in meeting the specifics opportunities and challenges that might accompany that vision. (Enter Director's Statement in the Teaching Statement questionnaire)

  • Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as an Administrative Leader Statement

  • Names, addresses, and contact information of at least three references who can address your history of and potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service (letters will be requested at a later time)

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

9 Month - Summer

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

Organization

Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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