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Arizona State University — Associate or Full Professor / Director of the Center for Political Thought and Leadership

Associate or Full Professor/CPTL Director
School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership
Arizona State University

Director, Center for Political Thought and Leadership

Arizona State University invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Political Thought and Leadership (CPTL), a senior faculty position within the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL) as a tenured full or associate professor. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Arizona State University (ASU) as the most innovative university in the country for the past eight years, ahead of Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. Contributing to that no. 1 ranking is the new School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership, which aims to develop a new kind of leader, blending tradition and innovation by blending liberal arts education and civic education. As one of the School’s two centers, The Center for Political Thought and Leadership (CPTL) focuses on civic education, especially American political and constitutional thought; for higher education and the broader public, and particularly for K-12 schools.

The Center for Political Thought and Leadership is a research and outreach center within the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL) at ASU. The Center aims to foster research in American political and constitutional thought and to support civic education at the K-12 and postsecondary levels, and for the broader public. The CPTL supports scholars, teachers, students, and community members in their efforts to understand and improve American political society and civil society, and to become citizen leaders in the public and private sectors. SCETL and the CPTL were co-leaders of the national study on K-12 civics and history education released in 2021, Educating for American Democracy, and the Center staff with support from SCETL faculty undertake teacher professional development workshops to implement the civics reforms proposed in that study, and other efforts to improve civics curricula. The Center also organizes a summer civics institute for high school students and their teachers, the Civic Leadership Institute; the Arizona Constitution Project; the Race and the American Story Project; the Veterans Inspiring Patriotism program; and an online Civic Literacy Curriculum.

The Director of the Center for Political Thought and Leadership will be a tenured faculty member in the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL), which supervises and supports the Center. The Director will coordinate with the CPTL staff and the SCETL faculty who support the Center, and with both the Director and Associate Director of SCETL, on strategy, planning, and administration of the Center and its programs. The Director also will be responsible for obtaining and administering grants, and donor funds, to support existing and planned Center activities.

In addition to the specific strategic and administrative duties noted above, the CPTL Director as tenured faculty member will be expected to meet the normal requirements of a regular faculty member at ASU: to have an active, productive, and nationally recognized research agenda in accordance with ASU’s status as an R1 research institution, and to engage in regular teaching (with a reduced course load given administrative duties). The Director also will take a leading role in coordinating with the Board of Counselors for SCETL and the CPTL, a distinguished group of political and civic leaders.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, History, American Studies, or a related field, or a J.D.
  • Possess a record of research activity sufficient for tenure at an R1 research university, with some focus on American political thought, leadership, and civic education;
  • Demonstrated experience as a director of or leader in an academic center, program, or institute beyond departmental leadership roles.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse student, faculty, and staff populations and communities.


  • Ongoing, nationally recognized research agenda focusing on American political thought, leadership, and civic education and supported by a record of successful publications both in academic and popular outlets;
  • Experience in research or teaching focus on civic education and on leadership;
  • Demonstrated experience in building and leading academic programs and managing support staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire external funding from donors, and experience writing successful grant applications.
  • Evidence leading a speakers or public events programs.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences within ASU values our demographic, cultural, and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community. Learn more about what The College has to offer by visiting

Application Deadline and Procedure: The application deadline is May 5, 2023; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, submit application materials to 1) curriculum vitae; 2) cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications (addressed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Adam Seagrave); 3) contact information (including email addresses) for three references; 4) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to demographic, cultural, and intellectual diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

For further information, contact the committee Chair: Adam Seagrave,

A background check is required prior to employment.