Director the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University

Nov 04, 2021

AGB Search is pleased to assist Arizona State University (ASU) with its search for a visionary Director for its T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics (SSFD) in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a concurrent appointment as tenured Professor. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2022. 
 
The new Director of SSFD will lead an energetic, interdisciplinary community of over 60 research, teaching, and clinical faculty members and 19 staff members who maintain a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The school hosts two undergraduate majors (Family and Human Development and Sociology) with approximately 1,800 undergraduates enrolled in online, in-person, or hybrid degree programs. The School offers MA (online), MAS-MFT (campus-based), MS (online), and PhD (campus-based) degrees in Family and Human Development and Sociology. Recently re-launched, the Sociology Ph.D. program is fast growing with 8 recent new hires, including a MacArthur Genius Fellow, joining existing faculty, and a larger network of 50 sociologists across the university. The Family and Human Development PhD program is ranked 6th overall in North America and 2nd in the area of Adolescence and Young Adulthood. 
 
Reporting to the Dean of Social Sciences within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the new Director will be an accomplished leader who is passionate about advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in both teaching and research and someone with the capacity to engage faculty across a range of disciplines. 
 
The director’s responsibilities include (not in priority order): work closely with the university; collaborate with faculty, staff and the office of the dean in defining and articulating a vision and implementing a strategic direction that fosters excellence, innovation, interdisciplinary opportunities and generates enrollment growth; cultivate and encourage the growth of rigorous, impactful research by supporting existing faculty and hiring new faculty with strong funding potential, and mentoring faculty to advance grant writing and externally funded research; create a culture in which multiple disciplines collaborate and work together synergistically as one school striving for a cohesive work environment in support of all faculty, interdisciplinary initiatives and elevated student success; addressing new and existing challenges in an environment of transparency; leverage SSFD’s impressive online presence through expansion of greater online offerings including identification of new areas of interest for program development and support the overall teaching mission more broadly.
 
Further information about this opportunity, including the required and desired qualifications, can be found in the position profile linked here.
 
The College values cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community. For best consideration, applicant materials should be received by December 8, 2021. The expected start date is July 1, 2022.  Candidates are requested to submit i) a curriculum vitae, ii) a letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities in the profile, iii) a statement that addresses how past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance SSFD’s and ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, and iv) contact information for four references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date) to: ASUDirectorSSFD@agbsearch.com.


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