Internal University of Minnesota Search: Director, Institute for Advanced Study

Applications will be reviewed beginning May 16, 2022, and accepted until the position is filled.

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost invites applications from or nominations of University of Minnesota tenured faculty members for the position of Director, Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). This half-time academic leadership position leads a systemwide center whose mission is to collaborate broadly to advance scholarship and teaching, foster critical engagement with issues and ideas, and build generative relationships with larger communities locally and globally.

Supporting the systemwide strategic plan MPact 2025, the IAS supports and encourages multidisciplinary research and curricular collaborations across disciplinary and structural boundaries, advances strategic collaborations advancing the arts and humanities, and more broadly seeks to leverage the combined strengths of the humanities, arts, and sciences.
The director will be the intellectual, strategic, and administrative leader of the IAS, providing direction and oversight for its staff, operations, resources, and programs. The Director will report directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost, and will be expected to advance the University’s mission by promoting innovative knowledge production, creative pedagogy, faculty development, diversity, and community engagement. Current IAS programs include research and creative collaboratives, residential fellowships for faculty and graduate students, and public programming that addresses substantial questions in lively and imaginative ways. It sponsors symposia, visiting fellows, and other activities in collaboration with many University partners to nurture a vibrant and inclusive intellectual community among faculty, staff, and graduate students. As one of the three resident cultural and scholarly programs in Northrop, the IAS shares collective series and exhibits with Northrop and the University Honors Program. More broadly, the IAS plays a significant role in the catalyzing and development of collaborative interdisciplinary projects to pilot sustainable academic and curricular transformation.

It has served as an incubator for innovative programs such as Heritage Studies and Public History, the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, and at least six interdisciplinary graduate groups, as well as initiatives supporting academic program and curricular development. The IAS has nurtured collective relationships for large interdisciplinary grant projects, collaboratively stewarded, such as the Interdisciplinary Dissertation Proposal Development Program initially supported by the Social Science Research Council as well as the EVPP through the Graduate School. The IAS developed and leads the University’s statewide Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community Initiative, a multi-campus initiative awarded a $1m grant from the Mellon Foundation, and serves as the administrative home for MN Transform, a $5m Mellon-funded racial justice initiative engaging the University, four local and national sub-awardees, and multiple community partners statewide. The IAS also continues to be the locus for cross-University initiatives such as the Humanities Without Walls Consortium linking centers at 15 research universities. More information on the Institute may be found on the IAS website.


  • Provide imaginative intellectual and strategic leadership for the IAS
  • Provide collaborative leadership to develop and enhance scholarship, teaching, and critical engagement across disciplinary and structural boundaries
  • Develop proposals and engage in other activities to attract external funding for IAS programs and for aligned multidisciplinary initiatives in collaboration with academic programs and centers
  • Direct the Institute’s programs and activities and serve as chief administrative officer, responsible for oversight of operations, personnel, budget, and facilities
  • Work closely with the Institute’s advisory board to develop and execute Institute policy, in alignment with broader University policy.
  • Oversee strategic planning that will provide the Institute and key stakeholders with a clear direction and enable the Institute to realize its full potential
  • Lead, supervise, inspire, and support the Institute’s high-functioning staff team
  • Advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and collaboration in IAS operations and programs
  • Build upon and support the IAS’s stimulating intellectual community and an environment engaging scholars and artists from across the University in dialogue and collaboration
  • Build and maintain relationships and partnerships across the University and act as an entrepreneur to develop relationships and partnerships supporting the IAS mission.
  • Represent the Institute to University units, the larger community, and relevant national and international meetings and initiatives

Required Qualifications

  • Current tenured faculty appointment at any system campus of the University of Minnesota with significant research record
  • Demonstrated collaborative leadership skills
  • Success in academic program administration, including managing fiscal resources and staff
  • Experience in interdisciplinary inquiry and collaborative work across both organizational and disciplinary boundaries
  • Demonstrated record of appreciating diverse perspectives and ways of knowing; ability to recognize
  • innovation and articulate what is important or innovative about research or creative work that is not in one’s own field, including collaborations leveraging the combined strengths of the humanities, arts, and sciences
  • Demonstrated track record of valuing and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated success in building relationships with and networks among University campuses and units, academic leadership, faculty, staff, students, and community organizations
  • Exceptional written, verbal, listening, and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with multiple and diverse constituents


Additional Information about the Position

The director is appointed by the Executive Vice President and Provost. Beginning date of appointment is anticipated to be August 15, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. Terms and conditions are negotiable, including transitional arrangements, depending upon prior commitments and responsibilities of the selected candidate. The director will hold an annually renewable, half-time academic administrative appointment (Director with Faculty Rank, 9362). Salary will be commensurate with background and experience. The Director will be compensated through a reduced course load and either salary augmentation or part-time academic administrative appointment.

Application and Nomination

Application materials (consisting of a letter of application and curriculum vitae) should be submitted to the University of Minnesota’s online employment system, requisition number 347799, at: Applications will be reviewed beginning May 16, 2022, and accepted until the position is filled. All applications will be kept confidential and will not be made public without permission of the applicant.

To confidentially nominate University tenured faculty members for this position, please send a brief letter of nomination to: Search Committee Chair Lisa German, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, c/o [email protected], and include a brief statement of the nominee’s qualifications for the position.


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