Director, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

The Institute for the Study of Societal Issues is seeking a Director.  The directorship appointment is for an initial four-year term (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024), and provides teaching relief and additional compensation.

The successful candidate will be invited to serve as Director Designate of the Institute on July 1, 2019, in order to be ready to assume the position of Director effective July 1, 2020. The current Director, Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, will provide advice and orientation during this transition year, and the Director Designate’s responsibilities will be light. Compensation during the transitional year will be offered in the form of a modest research stipend. 

We invite nominations of tenured Berkeley faculty who meet the high standard of qualifications listed for the position and who are willing to serve. The candidate should have a well-established research and professional reputation as well as leadership and administrative abilities.

Founded in 2009 by merging the Institute for the Study of Social Change and the Survey Research Center, the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues(ISSI) provides an intellectual home for quantitative and qualitative interdisciplinary research on societal issues. ISSI's research mandate is to focus on the wide array of issues that permeate public debate, politics, and policy in societies throughout the world. Attention is given to the multiple ways that the economy; the social divisions of race, class, and gender; and the environment impact various societies. Although a significant amount of the Institute's scholarship is focused on American society, international events and issues that impact American social life, as well as those that impact various other societies, are also studied. Nested under ISSI are six research centers: the Center for Research on Native American Issues, th e Latinx Research Center, the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, the Center for Research on Social Change, the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, and the Center for Ethnographic Research. The Institute and its various centers are committed to addressing issues of inequality, with an aim toward creating a more democratic and just society. A particular focus is placed as well on the development of innovative methodological tools for conducting social science research. ISSI realizes its mission by developing new research centers, projects and initiatives and securing extramural funding to support these initiatives.

Located in the historic Anna Head complex, ISSI provides office space to over 75 affiliated faculty, graduate students, research staff, and visiting scholars from more than a dozen disciplines. Students, faculty, and professionals receive research training at ISSI, build networks, produce publications, and form working groups.  By having faculty, graduate students, research staff and visiting scholars who are from different disciplines and engaged in research on societal issues all under one roof, ISSI nurtures an environment where informal conversations as well as formal presentations of research at colloquia and conferences spark innovation, new insights, and new avenues of research.

The Director should have an outstanding record of scholarship, the leadership qualities to provide outward looking vision, the ability to foster innovative interdisciplinary research among faculty, students and visiting scholars, the ability to expand financial resources, demonstrate a commitment to support the Berkeley’s Principles of Community, and manage a talented professional staff.  

Please submit nominations by completing the online nomination form as soon as possible but no later than Friday, March 8, 2019.  Self-nominations are welcome.  The appointed search advisory committee will not be provided the names of those who submit nominations or know whether individuals have been self nominated.  All nominations will be reviewed by the search advisory committee that will select the top nominees to solicit interest in becoming a formal candidate, and through the interview process, recommend 2-3 candidates to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for final selection.   

ISSI Search Advisory Committee

Neil Fligstein, Department of Sociology
Jane Mauldon (Chair), Graduate School of Public Policy
Michael Omi, Department of Ethnic Studies
Laura Perez, Department of Ethnic Studies
Christine Trost, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues