Call for applications: Director of the Humanities Research Center

The director will be charged with continuing to enhance and build the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences’ commitment to the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
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The Humanities Research Center (HRC) advisory board invites tenured associate or full faculty to apply for the position of director of the HRC. This is a three-year renewable appointment, beginning January 2021 and concluding December 2024, pending a successful first-year advisory board review. We also invite nominations for this position.

The director of the HRC reports to the dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences. Compensation (e.g., stipend and course release) will be negotiated with the dean based upon the proposed scope of programming and the CHS budget.

Primary Responsibilities

The director of the HRC is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the HRC, its staff and its programs, and consults with the HRC advisory board. The director will be charged with continuing to enhance and build the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences’ commitment to the humanities and humanistic social sciences. We invite the new director to work collaboratively to realize an exciting vision for the center that builds upon the existing commitment to support and promote faculty scholarship and intellectual community and to and to further amplify the rich connections between humanistic research at VCU with the broader student body and Richmond communities.

The HRC director will also be expected to take the lead in applying for external funding opportunities and to work in consultation with the development office to develop a fundraising campaign for the center.

Additional Responsibilities

  • disseminating and publishing all program information to create public awareness and support of the program
  • playing a key role in strategic planning by working closely with VCU leadership, internal and external colleagues, and the Richmond community to develop new initiatives that support the strategic direction of the organization and create and implement longterm goals and objectives
  • identifying and evaluating potential future funding sources and contributing to the submission of grants and contracts supporting the program, including the annual submission and writing of all content areas and budgetary sections of grant applications

Preferred Qualifications

  • previous experience successfully securing grants and large awards
  • demonstrated excellence in scholarship
  • strong leadership and service record in promoting diversity, inclusion and equity in VCU faculty, student and community life

Application Details

To apply, please submit a letter of application that indicates your qualifications and aspirations for the director position. In this letter, please also describe your commitment to anti-racism and social justice, and how this commitment would shape your work with the HRC. In addition to this letter of application, please submit a one-page statement outlining your strategic vision for the center. Your statement should offer both a short-term vision that reflects the current realities of the pandemic (including funding cutbacks in the humanities), and a broader vision for a multi-year term.

Those interested in the position should submit the following materials:

  • letter of application outlining qualifications, aspirations and commitment to anti-racism and social justice
  • one-page statement articulating short-term (one year) and longterm ideas for the direction of the Humanities Research Center
  • current CV

Please submit these materials electronically to Jennifer Rhee at by September 25, 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by the HRC advisory board: Chris Cynn, Michael Dickinson, Carolyn Eastman, Jesse Goldstein, Peter Kirkpatrick, Mary Caton Lingold, madison Moore, Jennifer Rhee, and Mayda Topoushian.

Finalists will be invited to interview with the advisory board by the first week of October, with a recommendation to the dean by mid-October.

Queries about the position can be directed to the following advisory board committee members:

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