Director, Institute for Research on Women & Gender

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The University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women & Gender invites inquiries and nominations for its next Director, Institute for Research on Women & Gender.

Established in 1995, the Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWG) is a unit of the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research. A catalyst for transformative, interdisciplinary research on women, gender, and sexuality in all their dimensions, IRWG's research vision is broadly inclusive of the creative and performing arts as well as the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences. IRWG is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and across the U-M scholarly communities, and its affiliated faculty network includes over 230 faculty from more than 75 different departments.

The next Director will establish, enact, and amplify an ambitious vision for IRWG's future, identifying opportunities for impactful research, diversifying Institute funding, maintaining a positive organizational culture, and further enhancing the Institute's exceptional reputation. The University of Michigan is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute — through their research, teaching, and/or service — to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

An exceptional leader of people and programs, the successful candidate will hold a Ph.D., M.D., or other equivalent terminal degree and a tenured, senior faculty position. They will bring experience supervising research faculty and postdoctoral fellows as well as a record of obtaining external federal and foundation research in an area related to women, gender, and/or sexuality. Knowledge of NIH, NSF, and foundation funding requirements and cycles is desired.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading research universities, the University of Michigan fosters collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and external partners so that, together, they can utilize their collective experience and expertise to positively impact society. With annual research volume that exceeds $1.5 billion, research, scholarship, and creative practice are central to the University of Michigan’s mission and permeate across disciplines. The spirit of collegiality at U-M has led to a broad spectrum of cross-cutting projects and initiatives addressing everything from health care policy and manufacturing to arts and creativity. A number of multidisciplinary research centers and institutes focus on areas ranging from energy to the social sciences.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile found at

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Michigan in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by October 7, 2022.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Amy Crutchfield and Jenna Brumleve

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.