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The Walker Institute is currently hiring a director. 

Director, Walker Institute of International and Area Studies/Tenured Associate/Full Professor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies and tenured faculty member at the rank of Associate of Full Professor to begin August 16, 2022.   

Housed in UofSC’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Walker Institute directs two interdisciplinary majors in Global Studies and Cyber Intelligence, respectively; six area studies programs and minors in African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Islamic World Studies, Latin American Studies, and Russian and Eurasian Studies; and the university’s ROTC programs. The institute has 185 associated faculty members who come from 14 academic units in the College of Arts and Sciences, 11 different colleges and schools from UofSC’s Columbia campus, and who represent 4 campuses across UofSC’s statewide system. The Walker Institute regularly organizes over 30 events per year on wide-ranging global themes. Currently celebrating its 60th anniversary, the institute aims to increase cross-cultural understanding on UofSC system campuses, in South Carolina, and around the world. It prides itself on its public facing programming, its support of faculty research, the excellence of its faculty associates, and its growth in undergraduate programming and engagement with students. 

The successful candidate will provide academic and administrative leadership within the Walker Institute, as well as dynamic teaching and scholarship. We seek a visionary leader with a Ph.D. in a field relevant to international, area, or global studies, broadly defined, as well as years of academic experience commensurate with appointment as a tenured Associate or Full Professor in a Department within the College of Arts and Sciences, a strong record of scholarly achievement and teaching excellence, evidence of administrative and leadership expertise, and the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students, consistent with the expectations and mission of a Research 1 University. Candidates should have clear visions for creating cross-campus international initiatives at UofSC, plans for strengthening the majors and minors housed in the Walker Institute, ideas for turning existing program strengths into competitive applications for national grants, as well as a vision and strategy for creating new interdisciplinary communities and programs at UofSC. The successful candidate will share the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Applications and Nominations: All applicants must fill out an online application through the University’s employment system “USC Jobs” at Applications must include a cover letter, CV, and contact information for a minimum of three references. Nominations should be sent to Professor Jane Roberts at The committee will begin reviewing applications on November 5, 2021, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

As the largest college at the UofSC, the College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual, artistic, scientific, and instructional heart of the university. The college is home to award-winning scientists, scholars and teachers that span the arts, humanities, natural science, and social science disciplines. The College's 26 schools, departments, academic programs, and institutes offer 109 degrees to over 8,700 undergraduates and more than 850 graduate students. College faculty are consistently recognized both nationally and internationally for teaching and research excellence.   

The UofSC’s main campus is located in Columbia, the state capital, close to the mountains and the coast. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the UofSC as one of only 73 public and 35 private academic institutions with “very high research activity” and also lists UofSC as having strong focus on community engagement. The University has over 31,000 students on the main campus (and over 46,000 students system-wide), more than 450 degree programs, and a nationally ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives. Columbia is the center of a greater metropolitan area which has a population over 800,000.  

The UofSC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. 

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