Director of the School of Applied Professional Studies

Director of the School of Applied Professional Studies,
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

The College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (CISA) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for the inaugural Director of the School of Applied Professional Studies.

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 170,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, and online. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, the inaugural school director will have the unique opportunity to operationalize and lead a new school central to ASU’s commitments to educational access and student success, teaching and research excellence, and its responsibility for the cultural, social and economic vitality of the communities we serve. The Director will provide administrative leadership and academic vision, and will engage a diverse faculty to create a productive, collegial environment that advances the school’s goals. The Director will provide strong leadership in recruiting and retaining faculty, in fostering excellence in teaching and mentoring, in developing and advancing distinctive academic programs, in promoting scholarship and external research funding, in supporting and implementing strategic diversity initiatives related to faculty, staff and students, and in fostering internal and external relationships including opportunities for student success with industry partners.

The new School of Applied Professional Studies will be home to nearly 4,700 enrolled students and 90 tenured/tenure-track and career-track faculty members. With a commitment to student access to professional pathways in a range of industries, the school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Project Management, Organizational Leadership, and Technical Communication (concentrations in User Experience, Data Visualization).

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. or terminal degree; a record of excellence warranting appointment as a Full Professor with tenure at ASU, and evidence of successful leadership in an academic context. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community and who are dedicated to advancing the ASU Charter and realizing our Design Aspirations through inclusive and equitable practices. ASU has been named a Hispanic-Serving institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. For additional details, visit the full position profile:

This is a full-time position that will be performed on site in Arizona. Salary commensurate with experience.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications by Sunday, March 12, 2023, to:

Susan VanGilder, Managing Director
Kamilah Allen, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

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