Job Opportunity: Executive Director of Croft Institute for International Studies


The Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi invites applications for the position of Executive Director.

Established in 1997, the Croft Institute offers a selective-admission academic program, small classes and first-rate facilities. The Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies combines the study of global economics, history, politics and social relations with the intensive study of languages and cultures in a multidisciplinary curriculum. Students must specialize in one of three thematic areas and one of four world regions. They are required to study abroad and write an original thesis for graduation.

The Executive Director of the Croft Institute for International Studies is a 12-month, executive position whose incumbent is responsible for the management of the Croft Institute and its academic programs, especially the B.A. in International Studies. The successful applicant will teach one course per year in his or her area of specialization and will report to the Provost at the University of Mississippi and the Croft Board of Trustees.

The successful applicant will possess a Ph.D. in one of the humanities or social sciences disciplines, administrative experience, native or near-native proficiency in English and at least one other language, an academic record commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor or advanced associate professor to the faculty of the University of Mississippi. The successful candidate should also demonstrate a commitment to the recruitment of underrepresented groups and international students.

Duties will include managing Croft’s academic programs and curriculum; student recruiting, admissions and advising; working with Croft faculty and overseeing staff; setting and managing the unit’s budget; serving on Croft senior thesis committees; managing its speaker series and alumni relations; and serving on the Liberal Arts Curriculum and Policy Committee and other University committees.

The appointment will begin in August of 2016. Follow the on-line application procedure at and attach a cover letter, which addresses your executive experience and your view of the discipline of international studies within a university curriculum; a CV; and a list of references. Inquiries may be directed to Professor Donald Dyer, chair of the search committee, at []. Applications will be received until an adequate pool of candidates has been established or until the position is filled.

The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title X/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer.

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