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African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS)
Florida International University

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Florida International University (FIU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS). Building on AADS’s accomplishments and history of commitment to 1) continental Africa, 2) the African diaspora globally, and 3) African American communities in the U.S., the next Director will provide the strategic vision and collaborative leadership skills needed to further the Program’s and the University’s role as a dynamic leader in Africa and African diaspora-related international research, teaching and engagement. The Director position requires a strategic vision for growth in all areas of the program, with the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and other area study program in a dynamic School of International and Public Affairs. The new Director will place special emphasis on playing a lead role in increasing enrollment in all AADS academic programs, including undergraduate and graduate Certificates, the M.A. and Combined M.A./Ph.D. programs, and study abroad programs.

AADS currently is comprised of 5 core faculty and about 40 affiliate faculty.

The Director works collaboratively with the AADS Steering Committee comprised of core and affiliate Faculty. The Director works collaboratively with key university stakeholders across campuses to provide strategic vision and leadership for the University’s diverse African and African diaspora related research and programming agenda.

Specific duties include:

• Catalyzing interdisciplinary research on Africa and African diaspora related areas and topics
• Expanding and diversifying external funding for Africa and African diaspora related international research and programs
• Continuing the Program’s success in building an African language instruction program under the Department of Education Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages grant
• Increasing the Africa and African Diaspora related graduate and undergraduate courses
• Oversee the creation and implementation of a fully online M.A. in African and African Diaspora Studies
• Strengthening connections with FIU Africa and African Diaspora Studies Program alumni and friends
• Supervising the Program’s programs and staff
• Supervising the Program’s academic offerings

Qualifications Candidates are expected to have an outstanding record of research and scholarship with experience working in and teaching about Africa and/or the African diaspora. Candidates must have the rank of associate or full professor (with tenure) in an academic department in the Green School or in one of FIU’s colleges. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated leadership and administrative skills and ability to secure external funding from diverse sources. Other desired characteristics include experience with: establishing and sustaining strategic partnerships with universities and other institutions; and facilitating and catalyzing programs of collaborative, multi-disciplinary research; and creating an environment that fosters student engagement and success

Applications The position is posted FIU’s AADS website at All application materials will be sent to Associate Dean Jeffery Gonzalez ( The deadline for receipt of complete applications is May 11, 2016. Late applications will be considered until the position is filled.

For additional information about the University and its extensive commitments in international education and programs, see