Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies

Georgetown University in Qatar invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). Established at GU-Q in 2005 CIRS is dedicated to the academic study of regional and international issues. To date CIRS has launched over 40 major research initiatives, published numerous books with university presses, and has established itself as a leading academic research center working in and on the Gulf region and the greater Middle East.

Reporting to the Dean, the Director of CIRS will provide strategic leadership for the Center and guide its growth and development in close collaboration with the CIRS advisory board and the faculty of GU-Q. The successful candidate will be responsible for sustaining and expanding the Center’s research agenda, actively engaging GU-Q faculty and students in the Center’s research initiatives, and fostering collaboration with scholars, policy makers, and decision makers, both locally and globally, to expand the Center’s reputation and the impact of its research. The Director ensures that the Center’s programs support the university’s broader goals of scholarship and teaching, and works closely with the Dean and different academic and administrative units towards this end. The Director will also contribute to the Center’s research output by actively participating in CIRS research projects and through maintaining an active publication agenda of his or her own.

The Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Center’s day-to-day operations and programing. Core areas of responsibility include:

- Ensure quality of research & analysis produced by CIRS
- Set timelines for publication of research
- Coordinate the work of the program’s scholars to maintain a coherent intellectual agenda
- Build collaborative relationships with GU-Q faculty & experts to facilitate the Center’s research efforts
- Maintain collaborative partnerships with internal & external stake-holders to facilitate the operations of the Center
- Develop programs that facilitate student research
- Submit annual reports outlining the Center’s activities and programs and their impact and outcomes
- Manage the CIRS budget and supervise the CIRS staff and associated fellows

This is a senior administrative position at GU-Q. Candidates should be established scholars with outstanding academic credentials suitable for appointment as a senior core faculty member at GU-Q, including a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching, and a background in political science, international affairs, history, or a relevant social science discipline. In addition to full time directorship of CIRS, the candidate will have a reduced teaching load of 1 course per semester. Candidates must demonstrate familiarity with the history and politics of the Gulf and the larger Middle East. Candidates with broad understanding of American Higher Education, and previous administrative experience as a department chair or as the director of a research program, institute, or center are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of five professional references to:

We will start reviewing applications on November 1 and will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.


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