ROMARCH: Position, Directorship of Glasscock Center for Humanities Research

Position Announcement

Glasscock Endowed Directorship, Glasscock Center for Humanities Research

College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University

The College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University invites applications for the newly endowed position of Director of the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, with a concurrent appointment as a tenured full professor in an academic unit within the college. The distinguished scholar and experienced administrator selected as first holder of the endowed Glasscock Directorship will enhance the national and international prominence of this successful and generously funded research center. The ideal candidate should hold a PhD or terminal degree in a humanities or relevant discipline; possess scholarly eminence; exhibit an energetic commitment to the humanities, strong communication skills, and a creative vision for the center; as well as the ability to engage faculty, students, and the public to realize that vision. The director oversees budgets and staff and should have experience managing various research activities, such as fellowships, conferences, lecture series, exhibits, and public outreach. The director typically teaches one course per year and is expected to maintain an active research agenda.

Growing from the Interdisciplinary Group for Historical Literary Studies founded in 1987, the Center for Humanities Research was approved by the Board of Regents of Texas A&M University in 1999 and received a named endowment in 2002. The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research ( offers seminar grants, course development grants, funding for interdisciplinary working groups, publication support, travel grants, and various awards for research in the humanities. In addition, for nearly twenty years, the Glasscock Center has hosted lecture series, symposia, and conferences across a wide range of topics.

The College of Liberal Arts ( is home to over 7,000 undergraduate and graduate student majors and approximately 450 faculty members across twelve departments. Texas A&M is a research-intensive, flagship, AAU university with more than 59,000 students, including 10,000 graduate students, making it the sixth largest university in the United States. The student body includes 26% African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaskan Native students, as well as approximately 5,000 international students from 130 countries. Texas A&M ranks among the top universities nationally in total research expenditures per year.

Qualified applicants should submit as attachments a letter of application that outlines their vision for the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for five references to In order to preserve confidentiality, references will not be contacted without permission of the applicant. Application review will begin on December 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Our goal is to make an appointment no later than September 1, 2017, though this may be negotiable. Inquiries are welcome in advance of a formal application. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Larry J. Reynolds, Search Committee Chair, at

Texas A&M University is an AA/EOE employer and committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applications from women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged and will be actively sought. The University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and therefore implements policies that contribute to work-life balance.

Submitted by:

Deborah N. Carlson

Associate Professor, Nautical Archaeology Program

Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University


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