Chair Search, School of Modern Languages, Georgia Tech


The School of Modern Languages of the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks an entrepreneurial, collaborative Chair to lead a dynamic and innovative faculty team dedicated to redefining the study of language and culture for the 21st century. The School is united around a vision of applied foreign language and cultural proficiency coupled with understanding of intercultural issues as crucial for careers in the global workplace. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of scholarship, evidence of successful grant-writing experience, and a program orientation toward applied and interdisciplinary approaches to language and culture studies. The Chair must support faculty scholarship, cultivate shared governance, and be an effective advocate to elevate the School’s stature and capacity, articulating the School’s innovative programs within an Institute committed to expanding connections between the humanities, sciences and technology, and international education.

The School of Modern Languages draws on its unique setting as part of a premier technological university to deliver cutting-edge programs that focus on preparing students to participate in the global workforce through advanced communication skills, critical and creative thinking, intercultural understanding and professional competency in eight languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish). The success of the School’s approach is evidenced by the 21.7% of undergraduates at Georgia Tech who study a foreign language in the absence of an institute-wide language requirement, against a national average of 8.6%. The School plays a key role in delivering advanced coursework and study-abroad programs that support Georgia Tech’s Heiskell-award-winning International Plan, a degree designator encompassing 25 of the Institute’s 35 undergraduate degree majors that requires 16 weeks of study or work abroad and an ACTFL-certified foreign language proficiency rating of at least Intermediate High. The Institute’s strategic plan for the next 25 years includes a goal of 100% undergraduate student participation in a study-abroad experience.

The School of Modern Languages, one of six schools in the Ivan Allen College, offers an innovative B.S. degree in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS; see as well as degrees in Global Economics and Modern Languages (GEML); and International Affairs and Modern Languages (IAML) and is currently undertaking the design of a Master’s program. Twenty-three tenure-track faculty members provide administrative and instructional support to an ever-growing number of majors, dual majors, and minors. Oversight of our academic programs requires a strong commitment to progressive education, international programs, and multi-disciplinary collaboration in the College and the Institute. Additional information pertaining to the School of Modern Languages is available at

The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree and a scholarly record that merits a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. The individual should have demonstrated leadership, preferably in higher education; a proven aptitude for effective financial, academic, and personnel management; and experience in strategic planning and fund-raising.

Located in midtown Atlanta, Georgia Tech enrolls over 21,000 students and is consistently ranked as one of the top seven public universities in the country. Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an AA/EO employer; women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicant review will begin on 01 November 2011 and continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, application materials should include: (1) a letter of interest describing the candidate’s relevant experience and vision for the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) examples of scholarly work, and (4) the names, positions, and contact information of five references who will be contacted only with the candidate’s approval – please include a brief statement of your relationship to each reference.

The application package can be uploaded and submitted at

*Materials may also be sent to: Modern Languages Chair Search, The School of Modern Languages, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0375. Applicant files will be treated confidentially.

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