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Acceptance and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, materials should be received by March 27, 2020.  Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae and letter of application. All inquiries, nominations, and applications for this position will be treated confidentially. These materials and other correspondence should be sent to the consultants for the search:

Jonathan Fortescue, Managing Partner or
Laurel Duggan, Principal
+1 617 401 2824


Job Summary

The University of Michigan invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR). Founded in 1949, ISR is among the world’s largest and oldest academic social science research organizations and a distinguished leader in social science research and education, and data collection, curation, preservation, and dissemination.  ISR’s programs are organized within and across five constituent units – Center for Political Studies, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Population Studies Center, Research Center for Group Dynamics, and Survey Research Center—and engage with colleges and schools across the university.


  • This is an exceptional opportunity for an accomplished social scientist to join a team of renowned scholars in maintaining and enhancing ISR’s long-standing role in the social sciences, and in catalyzing new models of how to conduct social science research. 
  • The ISR director works within a decentralized and participatory organizational structure that requires vision and diplomacy to lead diverse ISR stakeholders in the making of important decisions. 
  • The ISR director closely collaborates with center directors and other ISR staff to administer ISR’s human, financial, and physical resources, along with its development and communications functions.
  • The ISR director reports to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Required Qualifications*

  • The ISR director search advisory committee seeks individuals with demonstrated success in advocating for social science and a record of distinguished scholarship and externally funded research in large-scale, interdisciplinary, innovative social science appropriate for a tenured full professor at the University of Michigan. 
  • Candidates must have demonstrated exceptional ability to lead collaboratively and to support faculty and staff in their work with each other and with individuals and units in the university and beyond. 
  • Candidates must have the communication and interpersonal skills to be a leading ambassador and spokesperson for social science in the university, nation, and world, including helping to generate resources for social science research at ISR and beyond. 
  • The successful candidate must have manifested outstanding commitment and accomplishment in supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Additional Information

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and research in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.