Job Opening: Head of School, School of Languages and Cultures

job opening - 5Institution: The University of Sydney, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Location: Australia
Position: Director, Full Professor, Tenure Track Faculty

REFERENCE NO. 590/0314
The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7300 permanent staff, supporting over 50,000 students.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences wishes to appoint an outstanding academic as Professor and Head of the School of Languages and Cultures.
The School of Languages and Cultures (SLC), one of five schools in the faculty, is among the most distinguished and comprehensive language schools of its kind in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The school consists of 12 departments: Arabic and Islamic Studies; Chinese Studies; French Studies; Germanic Studies; Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies; Japanese Studies; Indonesian Studies; Indian Subcontinental Studies; Italian Studies; Korean Studies; Modern Greek Studies; Spanish and Latin American Studies, and four interdisciplinary programs: European Studies; Asian Studies; International and Comparative Literary Studies; and Buddhist Studies. There are approximately 60 full-time, continuing academic staff (not including sessional and casual staff) and close to 1400 equivalent full-time student load.

The Head of School, working closely with the Dean and the Dean’s Executive Committee, and within the general outlines of the faculty strategic plan and faculty budget, is responsible for providing academic leadership for the school, including having overall financial and operational responsibility. The Head will supervise the chairs of department, the school administrative team and help lead and foster a strong collaborative culture focused on academic excellence across both teaching and research, including curriculum management and reform, research development and mentorship, and effective financial management and revenue generation.

The Head of School of SLC will be an effective communicator, both within and outside the University, and an advocate for language teaching and research more generally in the higher education sector and the broader community. She or he will also play an important role in the faculty’s globalisation strategies, helping to develop innovative programs and initiatives that support the globalisation of our curriculum and opportunities for our students and staff.

The Head of School of SLC will join the four other Heads of School as a key member of the senior faculty leadership group, including serving on the Dean’s Executive Committee and faculty Finance Committee. She or he will play a significant leadership role in the work of the faculty more generally, helping to promote effective cooperation across the schools and the faculty portfolios in light of the faculty’s strategic objectives. Although this is a senior management role, the Head of School will also be expected to continue to contribute to research and scholarship in their area of expertise. Preference may be given to candidates whose scholarship and teaching expertise complements the existing strengths of the school.

The Head of School is supported by a school administrative team of 11 including, a school administration manager and finance manager.

The headship is available for a term of four years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a further term of up to four years. The successful candidate will also be offered a professorial appointment in an appropriate discipline in the school and will retain that position at the conclusion of their headship.

A competitive salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. and search by the reference number 590/0314 for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 13 July 2014
The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged. The University of Sydney has also established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution. Applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged.

© The University of Sydney

Specific enquiries concerning the position should be directed to Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, at or on +61 2 9351 2206. For general recruitment enquiries please contact Mr Rodney Waterson, Senior Recruitment Manager, at or on +61 2 8627 1214


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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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