Job Opening: Director of the Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA

Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies – Director


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The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) seeks a dynamic and respected scholar to provide intellectual research and programmatic leadership for the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies (Bunche Center) and invites applications for the position of Director of the Bunche Center. Qualifications for success include an outstanding scholarly research and publication record; experience developing interdisciplinary research programs in African American Studies; commitment to social justice; ability to administer budgetary and personnel processes; and proven effective experience in fundraising, including engaging in development activities as well as obtaining and managing extramural grants and/or contracts, gifts and donations, and endowment funds.

This scholar is expected to work effectively with Bunche Center staff members, members of the Bunche Center Faculty Advisory Committee, and campus leadership to develop internal priorities. This individual needs to maximize external visibility of the Bunche Center through building bridges between UCLA and the African American community, strengthening intercampus collaboration, in relation to research and community partnerships. This is a tenured faculty appointment in the appropriate department or school with the expectation at the advanced associate or full professor rank. Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire.

The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA (formerly CAAS) was established as an Organized Research Unit (ORU) in 1969. The Center has as its mission the development of African American Studies through its five primary branches: research, academic programs, library, special projects, and publications. The Center supports research that (1) expands the knowledge of the history, lifestyles, and sociocultural systems of people of African descent and (2) investigates problems that have bearing on the psychological, social, and economic wellbeing of persons of African descent. Research sponsored and conducted by the Center is multidisciplinary in scope and spans the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and several professional schools. Through the Institute of American Cultures, the Bunche Center awards annual pre-doctoral fellowships and research grants. The Center administers competitive undergraduate scholarship programs including the John Densmore Scholarship which funds undergraduate students majoring in African American Studies and other related disciplines, the Roxanne Chisholm and Jeannette Chisholm Moore Endowed Scholarship which provides scholarships for students who demonstrate a strong interest in African American Studies and a graduate student travel research fund that provides funding for transportation and hotel for graduate students who are conducting research focusing on African American Studies.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited.

Applications should include:
1) A cover letter that includes statements on research, administrative and leadership experience, teaching, and commitment to diversity
2) A curriculum vitae
3) Three names and contact information of references

Inquiries may be addressed to Professor Tyrone Howard, Search Committee Chair, at or (310) 825-3532, and Ana-Christina Ramon, Bunche Center Assistant Director, at

For full consideration, applications should be sent by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Candidate review begins immediately, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2017.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

The University of California is committed to excellence and equity in every facet of its mission.
Contributions in all areas of faculty achievement that promote equal opportunity and diversity should be given due recognition in the academic personnel process, and they should be evaluated and credited in the same way as other faculty achievements. These contributions to diversity and equal opportunity can take a variety of forms including efforts to advance equitable access to education, public service that addresses the needs of California’s diverse population, or research in a scholar’s area of expertise that highlights inequalities. Mentoring and advising of students or new faculty members, particularly from underrepresented and underserved populations, should be given due recognition in the teaching or service categories of the academic personnel process.