Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts

Institution Name 
University of Colorado Boulder
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Additional Desirable Specialties 
Arts or humanities or related discipline
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Application Deadline 
November 26, 2018
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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA). Applicants must be tenured full professors at the time of hire (August 2019) who work in any discipline of the arts or humanities. We seek an individual with a distinguished record of scholarship and/or creative work; a commitment to diversity and inclusion; a passion for advancing the arts and humanities on campus, in the community, and across disciplines; and strong managerial, communication, and public relations skills. Effective fundraising and outreach will also be vital to the future of the center. We seek, in short, an energetic CHA Director who has a developed vision for the future of the arts and humanities, who will expand the CHA’s reach, and who will champion the arts and humanities as essential components of a 21st century education. The successful candidate will be tenured at the rank of full professor in an appropriate CU Boulder academic department or program. While serving as CHA Director, the successful candidate will hold the title Eaton Professor of Humanities and Arts and will receive a director stipend, research funds, and reduced teaching load.

Who We Are Established in 1997, the CHA supports research and creative work in the arts and humanities for faculty and graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Music, the University Libraries, and the College of Media, Communication and Information. The CHA Director reports to the Dean of the Graduate School and oversees CHA staff, a faculty steering committee, and an external advisory board. Currently, the CHA Director administers fellowships and grants; plans workshops, symposia, and visiting speakers; communicates with departments, programs, and other CU centers; and maintains strong relationships with alumni, friends, and donors. The CHA helps to launch and houses numerous interdisciplinary CU Boulder arts and humanities initiatives, such as the PhD Consortium in the Literatures and Languages, the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture (RAP Lab), and the CU Romanticism Laboratory (CURL). The CHA also operates the Hazel Barnes flat in London, which provides lodging for faculty and graduate students pursuing or presenting research in the UK. For more information on the CHA, see:

CU Boulder is one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), and the only AAU member in the Rocky Mountain region. Our humanities and arts faculty include recipients of distinguished national awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the Guggenheim Fellowship, and our academic offerings in the humanities and arts fields include nationally ranked graduate programs.

What We Can Offer

Salary is nationally competitive.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

What We Require

Requirements for the position include a terminal degree in any arts or humanities discipline or related discipline (PhD, MFA, DMA, or other relevant terminal degree), a substantive record of scholarly and/or creative achievement, a strong commitment to teaching, and a minimum of one year of previous administrative experience in higher education. Preferred qualifications include a minimum of one year of previous experience in community outreach and fundraising. Applicants must be tenured full professors at the time of hire (August 2019) who work in any discipline of the arts or humanities.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. Resume/CV

2. Cover Letter

3. List of three references that includes their contact information (email and phone number).

4. Statement of Vision, not to exceed 1000 words, that details your vision for how you would actively promote the arts and humanities as Director of the CHA.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the CU Careers website for consideration: If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200, extension 2 or All other job-related inquiries should be directed to the search co-chairs for this posting, Erika Randall, Associate Professor and Chair of Theater and Dance,, and Paul Sutter, Professor and Chair of History, Review of applications will begin on November 26, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer

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