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The School of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University invites applications for the position of School Director

  • full-time job
  • Kent, Ohio
  • Feb 27, 2018

Kent State University

Director, School of Peace and Conflict Studies

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Apply now Position Number: 999308
Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: School of Peace and Conflict Studies – Kent Campus [100185]

Job Title:

Director, School
Physical Location:  Kent, OH


Basic Function:

To provide academic and administrative leadership for an academic school.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:

 The School of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University invites applications for the position of School Director to begin in August, 2018.
The School of Peace and Conflict Studies is an important part of Kent State’s institutional responses to the shootings of May 4, 1970, when Ohio National Guardsmen killed four and wounded nine Kent State students during a demonstration against the US wars in Vietnam and Cambodia. The School’s predecessor, the Center for Peaceful Change, was founded in 1971 as Kent State’s original living memorial to the killed students. As such, the School of Peace and Conflict Studies is dedicated to the peaceful resolution of deep-rooted social conflicts and the creation of a more just society. We seek a dynamic director who shares our deep commitment to these values.

Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:

Develop, update, implement, and coordinate teaching, research, and service missions of the school.

Oversee budgetary, personnel, and program activities of the school; coordinate faculty promotion, tenure, and reappointment reviews and make recommendations to College Dean.

Oversee development, implementation, and revision of new and existing academic programs; oversee curriculum development; coordinate faculty workloads; develop course schedule.

Represent and promote school within the University and external community.

Oversee student advising; may advise graduate and undergraduate students.

May oversee internship, scholarship, or grant programs.

May serve as building curator.

Serve on department, division, and University committees.

Provide leadership and oversight of a large/complex department (e.g., department with multiple units).

Perform related duties as assigned.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:

 The creation of the School of Peace and Conflict Studies in August, 2017 denotes a strong Kent State commitment to growth in the area of peace and conflict studies. The Director is expected to advance the School’s research profile, foster collaborative relationships both at Kent State and externally, facilitate the development of the School’s academic programs, and cultivate external support for the School’s mission. Responsibilities include: fiscal management and budgeting; course scheduling; faculty mentoring, workload, and performance management; supervising staff; and representing the School internally and externally.

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree in one of the disciplines of the school; six to seven years relevant experience. Qualifications should be commensurate to be appointed at the rank of associate professor within the school.



Knowledge Of:

Academic programs; budgeting; personnel matters to include faculty relations and university governance; personal computer applications

Skill In:

Written and interpersonal communication

Ability To:

Provide leadership and direction; analyze situations and develop effective solutions

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Qualifications should be commensurate to be appointed at the rank of full professor within the school.

Applicants must have a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies or a closely cognate field. The successful candidate will be a senior research scholar and practitioner of peace and conflict studies with a high profile in the field, a robust research and publication record, a strong record of extramural funding and the requisite administrative experience to build SPCS into a world-class institution.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Working Schedule:

Additional Information:

 ATTACH COVER LETTER which addresses administrative experience, personal scholarly profile, research and practice agenda, and your perspective on the state of the field of Peace and Conflict Studies. Also attach a CURRICULUM VITAE AND NAMES AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF THREE REFERENCES (as “other” doc). Questions regarding the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Landon Hancock, Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at lhancoc2(at)kent.edu.


The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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