The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) invites applications and nominations for the Director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity.
Classified by Carnegie both as a doctoral research institution and as a community-engaged university, UALR has the most diverse collegiate student body in Arkansas. Located in the capital city and geographical center of the state, the Institute is dedicated to dismantling the remaining historical, cultural, and institutional barriers that have impeded the progress of racial and ethnic justice in America.
UALR established the Institute on Race and Ethnicity in late 2011 after seven years of comprehensive planning, research, and public discussion led by Chancellor Joel Anderson. Today the Institute is poised to become a state-wide forum for direct conversation, focused action, and systemic change by bringing people of diverse backgrounds together through scholarly research, public forums, and action-driven initiatives to foster civic renewal and reconciliation.
The Search Advisory Committee seeks a visionary builder with a passion for social justice and talents as a collaborator and mediator. The successful candidate in this broad national search will have the signal opportunity to help write the next chapters in the history of race relations in Arkansas and the South; to position the Institute as a world-class change agent in achieving fuller cooperation among the races; and to lead in refining and implementing its vision, mission, and strategic plan as the Institute grows in stature regionally and nationally.
A robust city, Little Rock is the economic, cultural, population, and geographic center of Arkansas with a metro population approaching one million. Arts and recreational amenities include a symphony orchestra, repertory theatre, 6,500 acres of pristine parks, and the Clinton Presidential Center. The Brookings Institution Metro Monitor ranks Little Rock the fourth strongest economy in the nation, and the Wall Street Journal has named it the sixth best real estate market in the U.S.
For a list of Desired Attributes of Excellence and Opportunities and Challenges awaiting the director see: http://www.academic-search.com/uploads/profiles/ualrinstitute.pdf 
The Search Committee will accept applications and nominations until the on-campus interview stage. For best consideration, materials should be received before February 15, 2013. Interviews will begin in March.
Applications should include a detailed letter of interest describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; curriculum vitae; names of five references with titles, addresses, and telephone numbers. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including name, position, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee.
Materials should be electronically submitted via MS Word or pdf to UALRInstitute@academic-search.com . The search is assisted by John B. Hicks, Senior Consultant Academic Search, Inc. John.firstname.lastname@example.org  205-345-7221
UALR is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Under Arkansas Law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States. A criminal background and credit history check will be required of the successful applicant.