Director and Professor of School of Languages, Cultures, and Race
Washington State University (Pullman, WA)
May 31, 2023
Post date: September 8, 2022

Washington State University seeks a visionary leader for the position of Director of the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race in the College of Arts and Sciences. Formed in 2018, the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race (SLCR) cultivates deep transdisciplinary understanding of linguistic, cultural, national, social, and racial perspectives within the U.S. and in a global context. SLCR is a unique and exciting academic unit, bringing together scholars working in diverse areas and disciplines. Together with the school’s current faculty and staff, the Director is expected to serve within and across those multiple disciplines, sustaining core academic areas while also developing linkages and collaborations between the school’s different components. The successful candidate is expected to have an exceptional record of collaborative leadership in research, education, and service in one of the following areas: Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Japanese Studies and Japanese American Studies, or Latino/a American Studies and Spanish. Applications are invited for a permanent full-time 9-month, tenure eligible position at the rank of full professor with a summer appointment connected to duties as director. Successful candidates will be expected to begin the four (4) year renewable appointment as Director on August 16, 2023.

Application Instructions 

Visit, select your appropriate employment status, and search for R-7110. Please upload the following documents: 

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications for this position

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Future Director’s Statement: In a separate statement, please provide your assessment of the opportunities and challenges that might face a combined school of languages and cultural/ethnic studies at a public research university. You are welcome to review the current structure and units of WSU’s SLCR, but we do not expect from this distance a detailed assessment of the unit. Rather we are most interested in your vision of scholarship, teaching, and engagement in such a unit, as well as how you understand your role in meeting the specifics opportunities and challenges that might accompany that vision.

  • Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as an Administrative Leader Statement

  • Names, addresses, and contact information of at least three references who can address your history of and potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service (letters will be requested at a later time)


Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Katie Cooper (, Associate Dean for Faculty and search committee chair. 

Review Begins: 
September 28, 2022

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