LINGUIST List 12.2187

Thu Sep 6 2001

Jobs: Foreign Lang&Lit School Director, USA

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  1. Scott McGinnis, Director, School of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Univ of Maryland

Message 1: Director, School of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Univ of Maryland

Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 16:27:07 -0400
From: Scott McGinnis <>
Subject: Director, School of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Univ of Maryland

Position Announcement: Director of School of Foreign Languages and Literatures

The University of Maryland is searching for an academic leader of its School
of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The newly formed school brings
together four previously independent language departments and offers formal
courses in the following areas: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German,
Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Quechua, Russian, Spanish,
Swedish, and Yiddish. In addition, the director has supervisory
responsibility over FOLA (program in less commonly taught languages),
Language Media Services, the Language House, and the Business, Culture, and
Languages Program. The director of the school reports directly to the Dean
of Arts and Humanities and is assisted by Associate Directors for Academic
and Administrative Affairs.

The director of the school is a 12-month, tenured faculty
position. The individual who fills the position will also serve as
chief administrative officer of the school. The director will promote
superior research, teaching, and service, recommend faculty
appointments and promotions to the dean, approve non-tenure
appointments, encourage and facilitate programs and interdepartmental
activities, and ensure cohesive and accessible advising to all
students. The director will provide leadership both for broad
operation and daily administration, and implement shared governance to
the fullest extent possible. She/he will plan and administer the
school's budget, act as liaison with University Advancement for fund
raising initiatives, recommend staff reclassifications to Personnel
Services, administer all staff and support functions, and ensure
Affirmative Action policies and equity within the school. The
director shall report annually to the School-Wide Assembly on the
state of the school, including the school's budget.

The successful candidate must share the institutional vision of the
new school as a unique enterprise in higher education, where research
and teaching are focused on the myriad aspects of languages,
literatures, and cultures. The candidate should be a senior scholar
with expertise and a Ph.D. in languages and literatures, linguistics,
or a related field and must see him/herself as a builder, committed to
turning the school into an innovative and nationally recognized
educational model for languages, literatures, and cultures. We seek a
leader with strong academic orientation, demonstrated leadership
skills with a record of outstanding achievement as a senior member of
a leadership team, an appreciation for working within and contributing
to a highly collaborative and diverse community that values
excellence, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an ability to work
productively with the public, including donors and alumni.

Women and minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Review of
applications will begin on November 1st, and will continue until the
position is filled. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and

For best consideration, please send an application by the first of
November that includes a letter summarizing qualifications and a
current resume or vitae to:

Professor Jonathan Wilkenfeld
Search Committee Chair
Director, School of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Dean's Office, College of Arts and Humanities
The University of Maryland
1102 Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742
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