Associate Director, Full Professor

Tempe, AZ

Arizona State University

Associate Director, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

Arizona State University invites applications for the position of Associate Director of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL), a tenured faculty member in the School who will provide senior administrative leadership based on extensive and successful experience. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Arizona State University (ASU) as the most innovative university in the country for the past seven years, ahead of Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. Contributing to that no. 1 ranking is the new School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership, which aims to create a new kind of leader by blending tradition and innovation, and blending liberal arts and civic education.  SCETL plays a leading role in the intellectual and civic life of ASU and the various communities that it serves.

DESCRIPTION:  The School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL), entering its sixth year, is a growing academic and civic enterprise with an undergraduate major and minor, undergraduate PPE certificate, an M.A. degree in Classical Liberal Education and Leadership, an ambitious speakers program – the Civic Discourse Project – and two Centers for research and public outreach. The Center for Political Thought and Leadership (CPTL) focuses on civic education, especially American political and constitutional thought, for a broad public and for higher education and particularly for K-12 schools.  The Center for the Study of Economic Liberty pursues national and international research on economic thought, debates about markets, and policies affecting economic liberty.

The Associate Director of the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL) will be a tenured faculty member in the School, holding significant administrative leadership roles along with teaching and research expectations. The Associate Director will support the Director with internal leadership and administration of the School in its complex array of missions, and with selected external relations and duties; including the Director’s efforts on strategic planning, internal governance with SCETL’s faculty advisory committee, and special committee assignments; and coordination with the Center directors, SCETL faculty leaders, and SCETL senior staff. The Associate Director also will support development efforts and coordinate with SCETL’s Board of Counselors, a distinguished group of political and civic leaders.

DUTIES: In addition to the specific duties associated with the above description, the SCETL Associate Director will be expected to meet the normal requirements of a regular faculty member at ASU: to have an active, productive, and nationally recognized research agenda in accordance with ASU’s status as an R1 research institution, and to engage in regular teaching (with a reduced course load given administrative duties).  Further, the Associate Director will be a crucial leader in the continued development of the undergraduate and graduate curricula and programs, faculty hiring, retention and promotion, and development of broader aspects of the School’s blended educational and civic mission.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. by time of appointment in Political Science, Philosophy, History, American Studies, or a related field. Applicants must also possess a record of research activity sufficient for tenure at an R1 research university, with some focus on American political thought, leadership, and civic education.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Stronger applicants will have an ongoing independent research agenda focusing on American political thought and constitutional law, American political development, and/or civic education; supported by an extensive record of successful publications both in academic and popular outlets; and some research or teaching focus on civic education and on leadership. Stronger applicants also will have successful and extensive experience in both building and administering academic programs; supervising and collaborating with faculty leaders and senior support staff; working successfully with university administration and leaders;  acquiring external funding; serving as a public spokesperson for an academic program with the media and community leaders; and with connecting an academic program to statewide, regional, and national networks in research, education, and the strengthening of American civic life.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences within ASU values our demographic, 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.  Learn more about what The College has to offer by visiting

Application Deadline and Procedure: The application deadline is September 3, 2022; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until search is closed.  To apply, submit application materials to  1) curriculum vitae; 2) cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications (addressed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Ross Emmett); 3) contact information (including email addresses) for three references; 4) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to demographic, cultural, and intellectual diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.  Anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.

For further information, contact Associate Director Search Committee, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, at; or the search committee Chair: Dr. Ross Emmett, email

A background check is required prior to employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.  ASU’s full non-discrimination policy (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at and  In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

Posted: 07/25/2022