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Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Affairs and Partnerships

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Working Title:

Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Affairs and Partnerships

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with experience and credentials

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am -5:00 pm (flexible and remote work hours possible, depending on the business needs of the unit.

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Interdisciplinary Affairs and Partnerships

About the Department:

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the three largest colleges at NC State University in terms of student headcount. The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to serve the residents of North Carolina and meet the challenges of the 21st century by educating our students to be future leaders and responsible citizens with a distinctive willingness to engage in the life of their communities, their state, and their nation.
Our college offers baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees in a wide range of traditional and professional disciplines; it serves business, industry, government, public education, and individual citizens of the state through teaching, research, and engagement. These programs are carried out in ten academic units. Each functional area is funded by combinations of state appropriations, public and private contracts and grants, miscellaneous gifts and receipts, and sales and service receipts. Currently, the college employs 225 tenured/tenure track faculty, 239 professional track faculty, 97 staff, and 383 graduate teaching and research assistants. The college has (for FY ‘21)103 endowments with a total market value of $11.8M and private fundraising $2.4M. Annual expenditures exceed $65 million. The college’s research is supported by an average of $6.4 million in annual grant and contract funding.

The data for academic programs and students include:

  • Six B.S., 47 B.A., one Bachelor of Social Work, 14 Master’s, 5 Ph.D. Programs, and four graduate certificate programs.
  • More than 4,500 college students, including double majors; about 81%undergraduates and 19% graduate students.

Every NC State undergraduate student takes general education classes in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The college is in the top two in terms of the number of undergraduate students it graduates every year, as compared to the other 9 colleges.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) has a long history of involvement in interdisciplinary teaching and research. As we continue this tradition in a changing world, the College aims to strengthen its current offerings of interdisciplinary programs and seeks to identify additional opportunities to enhance interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate education, scholarship, research, and engagement. We are also committed to making interdisciplinary programs widely available to diverse populations through distance education. Interdisciplinary Studies serves about 500–600 major students, 100–200 minors, offers a large number of classes for NC State’s General Education Program, and is a central element of boththe College’s and the University’s strategic plan. For more information, please visit:

Essential Job Duties:

This position is a full time 12-month administrative appointment reporting to the Dean and is responsible for managing and advancing the College’s strategy for promoting interdisciplinary partnerships and studies. The position encompasses the following areas of responsibility:
Interdisciplinary Affairs:

  • Provide leadership for undergraduate interdisciplinary programs in the college by advising and facilitating academic planning and program assessment in collaboration with the IDS Council.
  • Work with Department Heads in CHASS in the joint hiring of faculty
  • Manage spending plan and budget for interdisciplinary studies.
  • Manage interdisciplinary teaching and staff resources related to undergraduate interdisciplinary programs.
  • Supervise and work with undergraduate interdisciplinary and dual-degree program directors regarding courses and curricula, academic program assessment, funding, and student affairs.
  • Work with Directors of Undergraduate Advising, the College Academic Affairs team, and with other units of the university to publicize and promote interdisciplinary programs and events.
  • Serve in lieu of department head for interdisciplinary studies faculty with appointments in the Dean’s Office and for students in undergraduate IDS majors.
  • Oversee the administration of the following major and minor programs: Africana Studies (Major and Minor); Arts Studies (Major and Minor); Forensic Science (Minor); Interdisciplinary Studies Self-Designed Degree Program (BA and BS Major); International Studies (Major and Minor); Middle East Studies (Minor); Native American Studies (Minor); Science, Technology and Society (BA and BS Major, and Minor); and Women’s and Gender Studies (Major and Minor)
  • Oversee three dual-degree programs, which enable NC State students to combine scientific or professional study with a focus in the humanities or social sciences. Through successful completion of these programs, students earn two undergraduate degrees, one in CHASS and the second in one of NC State’s other Colleges (Thomas Jefferson Scholars –CHASS and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Benjamin Franklin Scholars–CHASS and the College of Engineering; Alexander Hamilton Scholars–CHASS International Studies and the College of Management)

Interdisciplinary Partnerships:
  • Lead, direct, and implement the college’s interdisciplinary initiatives and programs, partnering with leaders across the university and engaging external partners to move forward the college and university strategic plan
  • Work with the Dean to further develop new interdisciplinary collaborations across departments and colleges and in the community that provide opportunity for faculty and students (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Implement and oversee Dean’s priority programs focused on interdisciplinary partnerships (e.g., the Dean’s Faculty Excellence program, post doctoral collaborative)
  • Serve as the college representative on university-level interdisciplinary committees (e.g., Data Analytics Steering Committee, Global Health Initiative, Wicked Problems Wolfpack Solutions course)
  • Identify and support nominees for interdisciplinary awards
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs to review and enhance the development of new interdisciplinary courses/programs
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Research and Engagement to further promote a culture and structure to support interdisciplinary research
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to facilitate interdisciplinary programs and initiatives that support underrepresented faculty and students
  • Collaborate with development offices on fundraising for interdisciplinary programs and partnerships as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with campus administrators to create interdisciplinary spaces on campus using best practices.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Attend college leadership meetings
  • Oversee administrative work of program directors (in their secondary administrative roles)
  • Supervise staff of the Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Affairs and Partnerships

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Requires doctoral degree in Humanities or Social Sciences discipline or a related field, or an equivalent degree
  • Tenured associate professor rank.
  • 3 years of administrative experience

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Record of academic and research excellence commensurate with the expectations of a major research university
  • Evidence of successful, collaborative leadership in educational settings
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism
  • History of administrative experience, including budgetary oversight and management
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both with internal and external audiences (e.g., promoting an inclusive and collaborative environment with interdisciplinary faculty, staff, and students; engaging collaboratively with college and university level leadership)
  • Demonstrated ability to support a positive, student-centered environment
  • The ability to provide encouraging, values-driven and inclusive leadership

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred rank of Professor or record that would qualify for rank of Professor.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application, please submit the following documents:

  • 2-page cover letter
  • CV
  • 1-page statement of leadership philosophy including accomplishments in diversity, equity, and inclusion (upload to other document 1)
  • Names/contact information for 3 professional references

The nomination committee will review applications starting late November and the position will remain open until filled

Position Number:


Position Type:


Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):

1.0 current FTE


12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

161001 - CHASS Interdisciplinary Affairs and Partnerships


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected].

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


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