[Msa-discuss] Department Head Search / University of Arizona

John Melillo melilloj at gmail.com
Thu Dec 20 13:12:45 EST 2012


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The English Department seeks a distinguished scholar/creative writer to
lead this large, diverse, and dynamic department. The department includes
two undergraduate majors (English, Creative Writing) and four graduate
programs (Creative Writing-MFA in three genres; English
Language/Linguistics-MA in ESL; Literature-MA/PhD; Rhetoric, Composition,
and the Teaching of English-MA/PhD). Our department also houses the
university-wide Writing Program.

The English Department is home to a vibrant community of scholars,
teachers, and writers. The Department Head’s responsibilities include
oversight of all English Department administrative functions including, but
not limited to, providing leadership over curriculum and degree programs,
temporary and permanent budget considerations, and long-term strategic
planning.  The candidate must have the interest and ability to plan and
budget personnel and operations.  The Department Head will work with
College and University development officers with respect to fundraising and
community engagement.  The Department Head will hold regular departmental
meetings, attend all meetings of College heads and directors, and represent
the Department at any College, University, or community functions as

The successful candidate must have demonstrated abilities as an
administrator and a record of working in a collegial manner with faculty,
staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and other constituencies. We
are seeking to expand our established commitment to teaching and serving
first generation and non-traditional students, and so we welcome candidates
interested in working with diverse students, colleagues, and communities.
The Department Head should demonstrate a passion for forging
interdisciplinary collaborations and hold a vision for working innovatively
with and on behalf of all the programs in the English Department.
The University of Arizona is a land grant, research-intensive university.
Our location in the southwestern United States, only 60 miles from Mexico
and near several Native American communities, provides diverse and rich
settings for collaboration with and service to local schools and teachers,
as well as community organizations.

Minimum Qualifications are an earned doctorate in English or a closely
related field, or an MFA in creative writing. The Department Head should
have an academic record sufficient to be appointed with tenure, preferably
at the rank of Full Professor.

Applications should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vita along
with a list of at least three references, and a brief statement of
administrative philosophy. Applicants should complete the electronic
application form (Job 51107) on-line at:http://www.hr.arizona.edu

The posting is on the Human Resources website: Humanities Administration,
job #51107.

Any inquiries should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee:

Richard Ruiz, Head
Mexican American Studies
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
ruizr at email.arizona.edu
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