Penn State Intercom......April 5 , 2001

Director being sought for new
Social Science Research Institute

The University is seeking a distinguished senior scholar to be the inaugural director of the Social Science Research Institute, which will officially open at the University on July 1.

The institute will support and facilitate collaborative and multidisciplinary projects as well as the work of individual investigators. The director will report directly to the sponsoring institute deans' executive committee, consisting of the deans of agricultural sciences, education, health and human development, and liberal arts, with the vice president for research an ex officio member. The initial term will be for three years, renewable by mutual agreement.

The director will help promote high-quality social science research on campus in addition to pursuing his or her own research agenda. Reporting to the institute director will be the directors of the Institute for Policy Research and Evaluation, the Survey Research Center, the Population Research Institute and other centers that might later emerge within the institute. The director will also work with faculty advisory committees as may be established. The position is expected to be half time, but there is some initial flexibility in this.

Qualifications include a tenured position at the University, national visibility in social science scholarship, a demonstrated record of securing external funding, ability to work with faculty in diverse fields and strong interests in interdisciplinary and collaborative research and graduate training.

Applications and nominations will be accepted from all social science faculty members, whether or not they are members of the four colleges named above. Applications received by April 16 will be assured of consideration; however, all applications will be considered until the position is filled.

To apply, send a letter of interest with current curriculum vitae, and three names of references to: Chair, Social Science Research Institute Director Search, in care of Karen Connelly, 111 Sparks Building, Box A, University Park, Pa 16802.