Job Posting: Chair Search

Georgia Institute of Technology seeks a visionary leader to serve as Chair of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs within the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. The School seeks an energetic, enterprising, and collaborative Chair to lead and manage the School, enhance its reputation nationally and internationally, expand its position within the Institute, cultivate collegiality, encourage professional development of faculty and staff, and direct development initiatives to elevate the School’s stature and capacity. The Chair must be an effective advocate for the School to inspire and articulate our vision for continued growth and development. The successful candidate will be the inaugural holder of the Sam Nunn Chair.


Embedded within one of the world’s leading technological research universities – the Sam Nunn School is not only a center of policy-relevant research and learning focused on the intertwined roles of technology, culture, and global politics – but also a “connector” across the campus and the world. Drawing on the insights and inspiration provided by the distinguished former Senator for which the School is named, the School’s faculty and academic programs explore issues such as security, international technology policy, political economy, and the challenges of global development with focus on Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. The School strives to connect learning and experience through its interdisciplinary degree programs, policy relevant research with a strong theoretical foundation, and regular interaction with practitioners.


The Sam Nunn School is one of six schools in the Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. The School offers Bachelor of Science degrees in International Affairs, Economics and International Affairs, and International Affairs and Modern Languages; a Master of Science in International Affairs; and a Ph.D. in International Affairs, Science and Technology. A total of 22 tenured/tenure-track faculty members provide administrative and instructional support to over 170 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate students. As part of our commitment to broad-ranging public engagement and policy impact, the School also has six Professors of the Practice, who are drawn from the upper-reaches of the political, legal, defense, economic, and business worlds. Oversight of our academic programs requires a strong commitment to progressive undergraduate and graduate education, international programs, and multi-disciplinary collaboration in the College and the Institute.


The successful candidate must possess either a Ph.D., or another appropriate terminal degree, and a scholarly record that merits a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor or extensive professional experience that would warrant appointment as a distinguished professor of the practice in a suitable discipline of the Sam Nunn School. The individual should have significant managerial experience that reflects demonstrated leadership preferably in, or of relevance to, higher education; a proven aptitude for effective financial, academic, and personnel management; experience in strategic planning, development, securing external grants, and/or fund-raising abilities; a history of successful collaborative decision-making, and fostering an inclusive environment. In addition to substantive scholarly or professional depth in a field of international affairs, the successful candidate must have interest in research and policy analysis. An appreciation for, if not research focus on, the intersection of science, technology, and innovation with international affairs is strongly desired.  


Located in midtown Atlanta, Georgia Tech enrolls over 25,000 students and is ranked as one of the top seven public universities in the country.  The metro Atlanta area is home to more than 6 million people and is the fifth largest agglomeration of higher education in the United States.  Among the fastest growing U.S. metropolitan regions, Atlanta hosts 25 consulates of foreign governments and has direct air service to 75 international destinations in 50 countries.  C.A.R.E., Habitat for Humanity International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Carter Center are headquartered here, as are 18 Fortune 500 Corporations. Georgia Tech seeks to define the technological research university of the 21st Century in an interdisciplinary pursuit of the ways in which problems are identified and solved. Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an AA/EO employer; women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Additional information pertaining to the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs is available at



Applicant review will begin on October 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, application materials should include: (1) a letter of interest describing the candidate’s relevant experience and vision for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) examples of scholarly or policy-relevant writing, and (4) the names, positions, and contact information for five references, who will be contacted only with the candidate’s approval.  Please include a brief statement of your relationship to each reference. Materials should be sent electronically to: Applicant files will be treated confidentially.


Semi-finalist interviews are expected to be conducted virtually betweeen November 5-7 and campus visits for finalists are expected to commence in early January. The appointment is anticipated to begin July 1, 2019, depending on the availability of the selected candidate.


For questions about the search, candidates should contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Anna Westerstahl Stenport, at