Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) at the University of Texas at San Antonio – Director of Research
Director of Research for the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC)
at The University of Texas at San Antonio
The College of Liberal and Fine Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites applications for the position of Director of Research for the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC). The director will concurrently hold a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in one of the following College of Liberal and Fine Arts departments: Anthropology, Art and Art History, Communication, English, History, Modern Languages and Literature, Music, Philosophy and Classics, or Political Science and Geography.
UTSA is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) with a 53% Latinx student population and one of the fastest growing public universities in Texas. COLFA and its nine departments house multiple degree and certificate programs, including, but not limited to American Studies, Art and Art History, Heritage Studies, Media Studies, Museum Education, Museum Studies, Music, Race, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, or Women’s Studies.
The most competitive candidates will have administrative experience and demonstrate a vision for leading a thriving multidisciplinary department at a Hispanic-Serving Institution on the path to becoming a Tier 1 research institution. The successful candidate must have the ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse urban population and be committed to assisting the University’s commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Candidates are also expected to have a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and exhibit a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity.
The Director for Research and Associate or Full Professor typically carries a 1:1 teaching load in the department of appointment and works closely with the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) leadership to develop and oversee programs that inspire archival research on the people and cultures of Texas and its borders that result in the discovery and delivery of new knowledge that can be translated and disseminated through publications, museum exhibits, (new) media, and public programs. The Director actively identifies research opportunities and specific projects and brings together research teams comprising museum staff, UTSA faculty, students, and external partners. The Director will actively participate in the development and execution of the ITC’s new strategic plan. They collaborate with ITC/Libraries leadership and other staff responsive for public engagement, special events, operations, and advancement to support the ITC mission and research for the UTSA community.
They liaise between ITC and UTSA academic colleges and departments to execute plans that foster and maintain regular research collaboration. They lead efforts to secure external grant, foundation, or other funding for research, training, and related priorities. Through these activities, they ensure that ITC programming is enlivened through cutting-edge scholarship and technologies, and contribute to the inclusive representation of the state and its borderlands’ deep and diverse legacy. The position has a two-course per academic year teaching responsibility in the department of appointment. As both director and faculty member, they directly contribute to UTSA’s strategic goals of student success, growth and innovative excellence, and national recognition as a public research university.
Competitive candidates will have a Ph.D. or terminal degree aligned to their field, publications, and demonstrated research achievements and capabilities commensurate with appointment level in the department of interest, as well as a demonstrable history and commitment to teaching, mentoring, and guiding undergraduate and graduate student research and experiential learning opportunities. The successful candidate must also demonstrate their ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of diverse urban populations and support the University’s commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution and a model for student success.
Competitive candidates will have a demonstrated record of using a multi- or transdisciplinary theoretical approach in their research to include, but not limited to American Studies, Art and Art History, Media Studies, Music, Public History, Race, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies, Creative Arts, or Heritage Studies. Competitive candidates will have engaged in significant archival, collections-based, and/or museum-focused research, as well as having a record of winning externally funded grants.
Applicants must apply online at https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fjobs.utsa.edu&data=02%7C01%7Cseok.kang%40UTSA.EDU%7C58df5d5f72d14d1ecbce08d7afe1b77b%7C3a228dfbc64744cb88357b20617fc906%7C0%7C0%7C637171256303145755&sdata=nN75WmXXmePENgFVlHjpxtUWyTzPCmUB62mF%2FoXrWPA%3D&reserved=0
At the website, search the position with the keyword ITC and submit the following required materials:
– Letter of application
– Curriculum vitae
– 3-5 page statement of research, teaching, and administrative philosophy, which includes discussion of the candidate’s evidence of excellence in the areas of diversity and inclusion in an academic environment
– 20-25 page writing sample
– Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references who are familiar with the applicant’s scholarship and/or teaching and can be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.
Applicants who are selected for interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by time of hire.
UTSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Tenure is contingent on Board of Regents’ approval.
The position will be open until filled.
Questions may be directed to: Dr. Seok Kang, Search Committee Chair and Professor of Communication, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution does not offer benefits to domestic partners.
This institution offers benefits to spouses.
Seok Kang, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Communication
Associate Dean for Research, College of Liberal and Fine Arts