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Assoc/Full Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Arizona State University
Arizona State University, Tempe

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Arizona State University invites applications for the position of Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL), a tenured faculty member in the School who will provide leadership for the graduate program, and serve as part of the senior faculty leadership of the School. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Arizona State University (ASU) as the most innovative university in the country for the past eight years, ahead of Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. Contributing to that no. 1 ranking is the new School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership, which aims to develop a new kind of leader by blending tradition and innovation, and blending liberal arts and civic education.  SCETL plays a leading role in the intellectual and civic life of ASU and the various communities that it serves.


DESCRIPTION:  The School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL), now in its sixth year, is a growing academic and civic enterprise with an undergraduate major and minor, undergraduate PPE certificate, and an M.A. degree in Classical Liberal Education and Leadership.  One of the School’s two centers, The Center for Political Thought and Leadership (CPTL), focuses on civic education, especially American political and constitutional thought, for a broad public and higher education and particularly for K-12 schools. The Director of Graduate Studies will be a tenured faculty member in the School, associate or full professor, providing both strategic and administrative leadership to build the nascent graduate program; be a member of the School’s senior faculty leadership team; and undertake the teaching and research expectations of a Carnegie R1 university.


DUTIES: The Director of Graduate Studies will administer the M.A. in Classical Liberal Education and Leadership in collaboration with an Associate Director of Graduate Studies (faculty member), a graduate studies committee, the SCETL Director and Associate Director, and the academic advisor along with other School staff. Strategic tasks include building enrollment in the degree, both in Arizona and nationally, and both among school teachers and a broader set of potential graduate students seeking a liberal arts foundation for civic leadership; further developing the donor support for the graduate program; and developing the national network of supporters and partners for the M.A. degree. The Director also will be expected to meet the requirements of a regular faculty member at ASU: to have an active, productive, and nationally recognized research agenda in accordance with ASU’s status as an R1 research institution, and to engage in regular teaching (with a reduced course load given administrative duties). Further, the Graduate Studies director will be a member of the senior faculty leadership of the School, supporting the Director and Associate Director to continue developing the School with its distinctive blend of liberal arts and civic education, and its broader civic education outreach missions for ASU and a broader community.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, History, Philosophy, or a related field. Possess a record of research activity sufficient for tenure at an R1 research university, with some focus on the Western tradition of liberal arts education, and political thought or intellectual history. Demonstrated administrative experience with an undergraduate or graduate degree program in a social sciences or humanities academic department. Demonstrated effectiveness working with diverse student, faculty, and staff populations and communities.



Application Deadline and Procedure: The application deadline is April 16, 2023; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until search is closed.  To apply, submit application materials to ): curriculum vitae; 2) cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications (addressed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Michael Zuckert); 3) contact information (including email addresses) for three references; 4) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to demographic, cultural, and intellectual diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

For further information, contact the search committee Chair: Dr. Michael Zuckert, c/o [email protected].

A background check is required prior to employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.  ASU’s full non-discrimination policy (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at and  In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

COVID-19 Vaccination - Arizona State University is a federal contractor and subject to federal regulations which may require you to produce a record of a COVID-19 vaccination. For questions about medical or religious accommodations, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s webpage


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