Director, Global Affairs Program

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
May 24, 2020
Sep 26, 2020
Full Time
Director, Global Affairs Program

Internal Search: Open to current George Mason University employees only.

George Mason University's Global Affairs Program invites applicants already employed and tenured by George Mason University for the position of Director. The department is a vibrant and diverse interdisciplinary program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with more than 600 undergraduate students and more than 60 Master's degree students. For more information about the Global Affairs Program, please go to

The Director will serve a four-year term. The appointment is potentially renewable and carries a 1-1 teaching load. The standard duties of a director are outlined in the Faculty Handbook, sections 2.12 and 2.13 ( Relevant further information and guidance for chairs and directors is available at

Required Qualifications: * Previous administrative experience (such as undergraduate or graduate director experience); * Proven leadership abilities; * Record of success in scholarship as well as teaching; * Record of success in and commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary endeavors; * Experience in undergraduate and graduate-level teaching of courses that contribute to the Global Affairs curriculum; * Development, alumni relations, and/or grant experience.

The Director will be expected to consult and work closely with stakeholders throughout the University who collaborate in academic and co-curricular activities with the Global Affairs Program. These include, but are not limited to, the academic units currently offering coursework for Global Affairs students (especially S-CAR, Schar, COS, and Mason Korea) and high impact experiences e.g., (the Global Education office, Oscar, the Office of Career Services, etc).

The ideal candidate will also be expected to: * Work with faculty to ensure that GLOA programs reflect intellectual and scholarly progress in the field of globalization studies; * Supervise, lead, and mentor administrative and advising staff, as well as a core program faculty made up of tenured/tenure-track (5) and term faculty (3) whose home unit is Global Affairs; * Collaborate with other units with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as in other colleges and schools at Mason to advance the interdisciplinary study of globalization; * Work with faculty to set short- and long-term strategies and meet goals around enrollment, curriculum, programming, and recruitment and retention of students, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; * Demonstrate commitment to best practices in higher education scholarship, teaching, leadership and advocacy and to creating/sustaining a highly professional and harassment-free work environment for staff, as well as faculty and students; * Demonstrate an openness to innovation as well as a commitment to transparency.

Start date for this position is flexible, beginning as early as January 2020, but no later than August 25, 2020.

Questions may be directed to Paul Smith (Cultural Studies PhD Program), Search Committee Chair ( or to any member of the Search Committee: Paul Smith ( Joan Bristol ( Byunghwan Son ( Eric McGlinchey ( Niklas Hultin (

Review of applications will begin November 25, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. George Mason University is a public research university known for its diverse student population and is an equal opportunity employer.

"For full consideration, applicants must apply at for position number F137DS and complete and submit the online application; and upload a CV and a one-to-two page statement stating qualifications, goals, and vision for the program."

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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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