Job opportunity: Center Director and Associate/Full Professor, Women and Leadership, The University of Southern Mississippi

Center Director and Associate/Full Professor, Women and Leadership

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Center Director and Associate/Full Professor, Women and Leadership. 

Position Details

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States 
DivisionInterdisciplinary Studies
Position TypeFaculty
Employment StatusFull Time
Grant FundedNo
Posting Close DateOpen Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, upload the following materials through the USM Human Resources job application portal (  ReqID 3153

  • Cover letter, which addresses the position duties and responsibilities
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page statement that addresses (1) the applicant’s experience engaging with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and (2) leadership and administrative philosophy, which describes the applicant’s approach to leadership and preparation for this position
  • Contact information for three references (applicant will be notified before references are contacted)

Review of applications will begin January 31, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.
For questions, contact Dr. Julie Reid, Chair of the Search Committee for Director of the Evelyn Gandy Center for Women and Leadership at or 601-266-4463.

 Job Summary 
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) seeks an inaugural Director for the Evelyn Gandy Center for Women and Leadership, who will be a visionary, collaborative, and energetic leader in fulfilling the Center’s mission related to teaching, research, service, outreach, and equity. The Center Director is a full-time, 9-month, tenured faculty position at the rank of associate/full professor with an additional stipend for summer administrative duties. The job begins August 2023. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities  
The Center Director

  1. Holds responsibility for leadership of the Center.
  2. Facilitates accomplishment of the Center’s mission related to gender equity and women’s empowerment.
  3. Demonstrates a broad commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the Center.
  4. Oversees and guides strategic planning in collaboration with stakeholders, including the Center’s advisory board.
  5. Manages the Center’s operations, budget, and fundraising.
  6. Represents the Center to internal and external stakeholders.
  7. Collaboratively engages in program/curriculum development and student success for academic programs (on-campus and online) that are affiliated with the Center, including the Women’s and Gender Studies program.
  8. Actively fosters community and professional partnerships that support the mission and goals of the Center.
  9. Promotes research and scholarship productivity, including interdisciplinary collaborations, and fosters an environment conducive to impactful, externally funded scholarly activities among faculty and students.
  10. Prioritizes efforts to seek internal and external funding and to engage in development activities through work with various organizations.
  11. Oversees assessment for the Center and affiliated academic programs.
  12. Guides and facilitates student recruitment and retention practices for affiliated academic programs.
  13. Engages as faculty member of the University, active in scholarship and teaching activities, including teaching courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise that meet the curricular needs of the Center and School’s academic programs.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications 

An earned terminal degree (typically a doctorate for most disciplines) from an accredited college or university. A strong scholarly and teaching record that would qualify the applicant for tenure and the rank of associate professor or full professor at USM. Expertise related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (specifically including gender and intersectionality). Administrative experience that indicates an ability to manage and develop a new university center that is multi-faceted and interdisciplinary. Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal. Strong organizational skills and interpersonal skills. 

Preferred Qualifications  

Qualified for rank of full professor, based on record of research, teaching, and service. Knowledge and experience in strategic planning. Experience in organizational strategic communication and public relations. Experience related to community and civic engagement. Experience securing internal and/or external funding. Experience with budgets and allocating resources across programs. 

About the Center
The Evelyn Gandy Center for Women and Leadership is a newly established institute with the broad overarching goal to promote women’s empowerment with a focus on intersectionality, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through programs related to education, advocacy, and community engagement, the Center embraces a broad definition of leadership and the many forms and contexts in which leadership is realized. It is interdisciplinary and its academic arm, the Women’s and Gender Studies academic program, currently offers both an undergraduate and graduate minor. The Center’s partnerships include the Committee on Services and Resources for Women, the University standing committee that has led gender equity initiatives on campus for two decades, including coordinating the annual celebration of Women’s History Month at the university.

 The Center is housed in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development, which also houses the Center for Black Studies, and the Center for American Indian Research and Studies along with their respective academic programs, Black Studies and American Indian Studies, as well the certificate program in Leadership Experience.

 Founded on the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Center will be a cornerstone for the University of Southern Mississippi’s work in this area. USM is proud to be the most diverse university in the state with a student body that reflects the larger community, and it is committed to the ideal of shared communal engagement among people who represent varied backgrounds, identities, beliefs, experiences, and goals. Founded as a teachers’ college in 1911, the university upholds a deep respect for education as pathway to growth and opportunity for all members of its community, who represent many different walks of life. The university recognizes that diverse perspectives are fundamental for acquiring and preserving knowledge, understanding and solving problems, making discoveries, and fostering creativity and art that enhances the lives of people within the state, the nation, and around the world. USM affirms that everyone in its community, whether student, staff, or faculty, has a right to be treated equitably regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.