Director (.50 FTE) / Distinguished Professor (.50 FTE) - 11519BR

Director (.50 FTE) / Distinguished Professor (.50 FTE)

Hall Center for the Humanities
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The University of Kansas seeks a visionary leader and distinguished scholar to serve as Director of the Hall Center for the Humanities. Applicants must have a distinguished record of scholarship in a humanities discipline, be able to articulate a compelling vision for the Center’s future and demonstrate a history of leadership relevant to directing an internationally recognized humanities center. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to create innovative programming and provide evidence of strong administrative and management skills, experience in fund-raising, and the capacity to work with and expand the Center’s broad constituency. The Directorship is a five-year renewable .50 FTE appointment. The director will also hold tenure in the appropriate humanities department with a .50 FTE faculty appointment and will be appointed as a Distinguished Professor. The search committee actively encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education.

Consideration of applications will begin on June 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled; starting date is January 1, 2019 or later by negotiation.

The Hall Center for the Humanities is a focus of intellectual life for scholars in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences at the University of Kansas and for members of the surrounding community. Its primary mission is to stimulate and support the research of KU faculty and graduate students in the humanities, arts and social sciences; its collateral mission is to sponsor special programs that engage the university and the wider community in dialogue on issues that bring the humanities to bear on the quality of life for all citizens. A full-time staff of seven work under the Director’s guidance: an Associate Director, two full-time programming support staff, a communications coordinator, a budget analyst, and two full-time grant development staff, along with two part-time graduate student employees. The Center is housed in a striking 14,000 square foot building that was completed in 2005. It has a substantial endowment and a current annual operating budget of approximately $1.3 million. The Director works with an external advisory board comprised of leaders from across Kansas and the greater Kansas City area and an internal executive board comprised of KU faculty.

The University of Kansas is a Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive university with a $1.4 billion endowment and a faculty of 2,600. Current enrollment is 28,500 (19,000 undergraduate), with students drawn from 110 nations and all 50 states; 20.6% of KU students are members of minority groups. The Hall Center is located on the 1,000-acre main campus in Lawrence, a community of 95,000 in hilly northeast Kansas that lies about 35 miles west of Kansas City. Lawrence has a lively downtown and a thriving arts and music scene and its local government has enacted ordinances supporting equality for all members of its population

Job Description

Duties And Responsibilities

Director (.50 FTE)

The Director serves at the pleasure of the University of Kansas Vice Chancellor for Research, and reports to and is evaluated by an Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. Five-year terms are renewable.

Day-to-day administrative, grant development, and fiduciary operations of the Hall Center are carried out by the permanent staff, but the ultimate responsibility for defining and accomplishing the mission of the Center rests with the Director. The Director must be willing to commit to making the Hall Center Directorship the professional priority over other career concerns for the period of the contract.

1. The Director’s primary duty is to set and direct the vision, mission, and goals of the Hall Center for the Humanities by fostering cooperative research activity among University faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and arts and by supporting the intellectual growth and development of all KU scholars in these fields, including non-tenure-track faculty and graduate students.

2. The Director works closely with the Executive Committee and community partners, including the Kansas Humanities Council, to develop programming that engages members of the university and of the wider community by promoting KU scholarship, bringing significant scholars, creative artists, and thinkers to campus, and aiding KU researchers in bringing their work to a more general audience. Along with the Center's public outreach staff and partners on and off campus, the Director develops programs to expand public support for and engagement with the Center.

3. The Director’s administrative role includes serving as 1) chief administrative officer of the Hall Center for the Humanities, providing leadership to the Center’s staff and reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research; 2) liaison between the humanities faculty and the Office of Research; 3) liaison between the Hall Center and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Provost's Office, and the Chancellor's Office; 4) liaison between the Hall Center and the University of Kansas Endowment Association, and 5) liaison between the Hall Center and its external Advisory Board, internal Executive Committee, and Friends of the Hall Center Council.

4. The Director manages the Center’s partnership with The Commons and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, along with other research centers and programs at KU. The Director works with local, state, and national public humanities programs and foundations, and plays an active role in the international Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI).

5. The Director works with the KU Endowment Association, the Center's external Advisory Board, KU upper administration, and the Center’s Humanities Grant Development Office to build the financial resources of the Center.

Distinguished Professor Faculty Duties (.50 FTE)

The Director also holds a .50 FTE faculty position in the appropriate humanities department. Faculty duties will correspond with those of a distinguished professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

1. Research (20%)
2. Teaching and Advising (15%)
3. Service (15%)

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in c.v., and (3) information provided from professional references.
  1. PhD or appropriate terminal degree in a humanities or humanities-related field.
  2. A truly distinguished record of scholarship or creative activity, as demonstrated by leadership in the respective field and a national and/or international reputation.
  3. Demonstrated management skills as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Demonstrated fundraising skill, as documented by past experience.
  5. Demonstrated experience appropriate to the duties described above, including programming, as evidenced by application materials.
  6. Able to propose and articulate a compelling vision for the future of the HCH and communicate the Hall Center's mission to a broad constituency, including staff, faculty, university administrators, the public, and funding agencies, as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Commitment to diversity in HCH participation and programming.
  2. Must be able to lead the strategic planning necessary to establish goals to guide the Center's activities during the five-year term.
  3. Potential to provide innovative leadership, along with entrepreneurial efforts to broaden support and public engagement.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Application Deadline
Initial review of applications will begin on June 1, 2018 and will continue until position is filled.

Application Procedures
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in c.v., and information provided from professional references.

Only complete applications will be considered. Online application through the University of Kansas Human Resources Job Site is required. Apply online at:

A complete online application will include the following documents uploaded:
1.) Cover letter.
2.) A statement of the candidate’s vision and goals for the Center. This statement should incorporate discussion of what the candidate sees as the most critical issues currently confronting the humanities and the role the Hall Center might play in addressing these issues both within the University of Kansas and beyond.
3.) Current CV.
4.) Contact names and information for three (3) references, who can speak to the candidate's qualifications for this position.

Contact Information to Applicants

Prof. Beth Bailey, Foundation Distinguished Professor
Chair of Search Committee
phone: 215 908-0159

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with education and experience.

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