AALS is seeking a tenured member of the faculty (or an emeritus faculty member) at an AALS member school to serve as Associate Director, beginning in the summer of 2018 when Professor Elizabeth (Ginger) Patterson finishes her term. This was Ginger’s third term as Associate Director and she leaves the association in a much stronger position thanks to her wisdom, good judgement, and extraordinary service.
The critical qualities for the Associate Director role are thoughtfulness, good judgment, collegiality, appreciation of excellence in teaching and in scholarship, and a dedication to sustained and careful work. Some administrative experience is preferred. The Associate Director should have the flexibility and vision to deal with unexpected problems and to act creatively to solve problems.
The Associate Director staffs several of the association’s key committees including the Committee on Scholarly Papers and handles special projects that are aimed at improving the services of the AALS. The Associate Director will join a staff of 23 as well as work with numerous faculty volunteers.
Some travel is required in the Associate Director role, including approximately one week at the annual meeting in early January and one Executive Committee meeting held out of Washington, D.C., in July.
Depending on an individual’s circumstances, the service would be for two or three years, although a longer term would be considered if that were desired by a strong candidate.
Interested faculty should write to Judith Areen, AALS Executive Director, via letter or email describing your interest in the role and the qualifications you would bring to it, together with a biographical statement and a list of at least two references with the knowledge to assess your qualifications for the Associate Director role.
Your recommendations of colleagues whom you believe would be excellent Associate Directors would be very much appreciated as well. These can be sent as informal messages.