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Professor of Internl Relations and Director, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future

Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts (US)
Closing date
Mar 9, 2024

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Physical Sciences, Climate Change, Other, Science Policy
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The Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University invites applications for a Director, at the rank of Professor with tenure, of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2024. The search is open to applicants from all disciplines and functional specializations. Successful candidates would be expected to have demonstrated the potential for excellence in any discipline relevant to international affairs, and share a commitment to the Pardee School’s institutional values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated record of interdisciplinary research that addresses globally important issues that affect the human condition presently, with increasing global relevance over the next several decades. Scholars and practitioners whose work addresses the challenges of climate change and other forms of environmental degradation, artificial intelligence, cyber security, the future of technologies, governance, or human security are especially encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in work that has policy relevance.

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future is an interdisciplinary research center of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. The Pardee Center was established in 2000 through the generosity of the late Frederick S. Pardee, whose career as a systems analyst and an economic forecaster was imbued with a passion for analyzing trends for the future. Both the Pardee Center and the Pardee School are motivated by Mr. Pardee’s lifelong dedication to the creation of a better future for all of humanity. The Center conducts interdisciplinary research on globally important issues that affect the human condition over the course of several decades. Through programs of scholarship, outreach, and education, the Pardee Center works to improve public decision-making and policy and to train future generations of interdisciplinary scholars.

The Center Director oversees the operations and activities of the Center, including research affiliates, research seminars, summer graduate fellows program, and supervises staff. The Director is expected to participate in fundraising activities for the School and the Pardee Center. In addition to leading the work of the Center, the successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in his/her/their area(s) of functional expertise, and will also advise and mentor our undergraduate and graduate students. A distinguished record of publication and research and the capacity for excellence in teaching are essential. The Pardee School of Global Studies is committed to multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research and teaching and to nurturing the next generation of international relations practitioners, and it is expected that candidates will share this commitment. Candidates who have demonstrated policy experience in addition to scholarly qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Please submit 1) a letter of application describing your teaching and research interests and professional experience, 2) statement of how you will support the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and 3) curriculum vitae electronically at Questions about the position or school may be directed to Ms. Elaine Bidianos at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning October 1, 2023, but applications will be accepted until the job is filled. The expected starting date for employment is July 1, 2024.

Boston University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, with a rich tradition of inclusion and social justice. We are proud of our record of inclusiveness, including being the first American university to award a PhD to a woman and the institution from which Martin Luther King, Jr. received his PhD. We are also the home of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. We are dedicated to increasing participation of all talented students and professionals, especially women and underrepresented minorities. We are an equal opportunity employer: all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act federal contractor.

BU conducts a background check on all final candidates for certain faculty and staff positions. The background check includes contacting the final candidate’s current and previous employer(s) to ask whether, in the last seven years, there has been a substantiated finding of misconduct violating that employer’s applicable sexual misconduct policies. To implement this process, the University requires a final candidate to complete and sign the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” after execution of an offer letter.

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