Reporting to the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and working in close partnership with the Co-Director for Policy and Public Affairs, the Co-Director for Academic Affairs will play a key role in shaping the Democracy Initiativeâ™s development and direction. The two co-directors will work closely together, but they will also have distinct duties. The Co-Director for Academic Affairs will partner with the Co-Director for Policy and Public Affairs to provide vision and leadership of the Democracy Initiative, with a particular emphasis on developing the Initiativeâ™s research and pedagogical mission. The new leader will also serve as Director and lead research convener of the Core Lab.
The Co-Director for Academic Affairs will build a vibrant community of scholarsâ”undergraduates, graduate students, and facultyâ”devoted to studying the promise of and the challenges to democracy. They will be a dynamic leader sharing responsibility for maintaining a high level of interest in the Democracy Initiative amongst a wide and diverse constituency.
The University seeks a distinguished academic from the humanities or social sciences to serve in this capacity. They will bring appreciation for the multi and interdisciplinary nature of the Initiative as well as the role of research in facilitating important global discussions in the public beyond the academy.
The University of Virginiaâ™sÂ Democracy InitiativeÂ aspires to excellence in integrated research, teaching, and public engagement on democracy at a global scale â” bringing together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders, and practitioners to study and advance the prospects of democracy around the world.
Led by UVAâ™s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, in partnership with the nonpartisan Miller Center of Public Affairs and in collaboration with colleagues from across the University, the Democracy Initiative was established in 2018 with leadership support from generous donors to the College Foundation and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. It is designed to engage a wide audienceâ”from undergraduates to world leadersâ”in examining the challenges confronting democracies today. With over $50 million already committed, UVA is on track to meet the goal of $120 million in overall support for the Democracy Initiative.
Democracy can endure only with a broadly educated electorate and leaders prepared to serve the common good. UVAâ™s establishment in 1817 is inseparably linked to the nationâ™s bold experiment with democracy â” as well as its unfulfilled promises.Â In this sense, the Universityâ™s history, current efforts, and commitment to the futureâ”like that of the American republic more generally â” is both inspiring and challenging, promising and in need of completion. Our history uniquely positions us to be the global center for the study of democracyâ™s successes and failures, opportunities, and threats, and to influence policies that strengthen democracy at home and worldwide. To learn more about the Democracy Initiative, visit http://democracyinitiative.virginia.edu/.
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About University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of benefits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.