The Office of Academic Affairs
College: Humanities and Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies
Position Title:
Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and Professor (or Associate Professor) of Interdisciplinary Studies
Position Qualifications – Responsibilities: The department seeks a dynamic and innovative Chair who has worked in a shared governance environment and who values collaboration and collegiality.  The ideal candidate will articulate a clear and compelling vision for the department's future, and be capable of leading a diverse team of faculty and staff in a recently established department that is experiencing rapid growth and programmatic expansion.  The Chair is expected to facilitate synergy among the various interdisciplinary programs, help strengthen the department’s ties with the professional community, promote research, build and maintain successful teams, and cultivate external support for departmental activities.  In addition to departmental administration, the Chair carries limited teaching responsibilities and is expected to maintain a research agenda. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position with possibility of tenure upon appointment.
Required Education – Experience – Skills (Minimum Qualifications):

The successful candidate must have the following:

  • A terminal degree in one of the disciplines that contribute to the programs housed in the Department, or related fields;
  • A record of successful administrative and/or leadership experience in a department, college, or university setting;
  • A record of successful engagement in interdisciplinary research;
  • A record of significant scholarship;
  • A record of excellence in teaching, publication, and professional service commensurate with the appointment with tenure at the rank of associate or full professor; and,
  • A commitment to promoting diversity.  
Application Procedure:

A complete application requires a letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including teaching philosophy, administrative philosophy, and scholarship activity; evidence of teaching effectiveness; a current curriculum vitae; a list of three professional references; and unofficial graduate transcripts. Send application materials electronically to:

To ensure consideration, applications must be received by October 31, 2012. It is our policy to hire individuals with a strong commitment to intercultural competence to work in a global environment with a diverse student body. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, especially those from members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.
Questions About Position Opening: For questions about this position, contact Dr. Thierry Léger by email at
Date Position Available:

January 1 or July 1, 2013
This position is contingent upon budgetary allocations.

Departmental/College Overview: With 22 full-time and joint appointees as well as numerous affiliated faculty members, the recently established Interdisciplinary Studies Department houses seven interdisciplinary programs: African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS), American Studies, Asian Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Latin American/Latino Studies, Peace Studies, and Religious Studies.  The Interdisciplinary Studies Department is a fast growing and dynamic unit that offers an M.A. in American Studies, a B.A. in African and African Diaspora Studies, and minors in most fields.  Gender and Women’s Studies has developed a proposal for a Bachelors’ degree that is awaiting final approval.  American Studies and Asian Studies are currently developing undergraduate program proposals.  In addition to academic programs, faculty and students are deeply involved in community outreach activities and research and organize several major national and international conferences every year.

Kennesaw State University Campus and Location:

Kennesaw State University is a growing and progressive university in Georgia’s public system of higher education. Located on an attractive campus in suburban Atlanta, Kennesaw State University currently enrolls more than 24,000 traditional and nontraditional Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral students. The thriving Atlanta metropolitan area has a rich array of museums, theaters, libraries, colleges and universities, and other resources. Kennesaw State University was recognized in 2009 by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of its “Great Colleges to Work For”.
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Kennesaw State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Georgia is an Open Records State.


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