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Associate Dean for Research

American University School of International Service
Washington D.C.
Closing date
Oct 6, 2022

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The School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full-time, tenured position as the Associate Dean for Research at the rank of Associate or Full Professor beginning August 1, 2023.

The Associate Dean for Research will lead the school’s research support efforts, including directing our research development strategy; strengthening our research support architecture; increasing opportunities and incentives for research productivity; improving the visibility of SIS research; working with other SIS and AU offices to improve the efficiency of research award administration; and building relationships with potential funders.

We welcome applicants who have demonstrated experience with: 1) establishing and overseeing a research support strategy; 2) building research partnerships and establishing research portfolios, labs, or centers; 3) managing funding from a spectrum of foundations, government agencies, and international organizations; 4) implementing strategic approaches to research communications; 5) leading enterprise teams that integrate pre-award acquisition and post-award management, such as proposal development, budget planning, management of grants and contracts, etc...; and 6) communicating research outputs to wider audiences in academia, think tanks, policy institutes, etc... Applicants must also have a strong scholarly record, be recognized as thought leaders in a field relevant to SIS, have significant experience as a principal investigator of large research awards, and demonstrate a commitment to partnering with and supporting others in building research portfolios.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about working in a multidisciplinary environment that includes political scientists, international relations scholars, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, and historians. The successful candidate will also share a commitment to the university’s diversity and inclusion plan.

Applicants should hold a PhD or the highest equivalent degree in their discipline. Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Interfolio application system []. Applications should include the following:

  1. A cover letter detailing the applicant’s personal research record and their experience with research enterprise management (including engaging research funders, overseeing research budgets, building support structures for others’ research, etc.).
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A list of funders applicant has received as a PI/co-PI or overseen as a center/lab director.
  4. A statement describing past examples of the applicant’s contributions to diversity and inclusion in research or research management work.
  5. The applicant will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of three references and to request that the Interfolio system contact them for a confidential letter of recommendation.

Queries about the search may be sent to Professor Jonathan Fox ( Queries about the online application system may be sent to SIS faculty affairs coordinator Alissa Iwaniuk ( and

American University is a private institution of higher education in the nation's capital (Please visit for more information). American University's School of International Service (SIS) is a top-ten school of international affairs
with 3,000 students, 120+ full-time faculty and more than 20,000 alumni worldwide. SIS faculty produce transformational research and our prime location provides opportunities for collaboration with professionals in government, the private sector, and think tanks and other non-profits. Learn more about SIS at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. To ensure the health and safety of our community, American University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19. To learn more about American University's health and safety directives please click here

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

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