The Area Studies Chair position is interdisciplinary and requires the application of expert-level professional knowledge in one or more fields in the social sciences with special expertise relating to multiple geographic regions or areas of the world. Under the guidance of Area Studies leadership, the incumbent serves as the coordinator and trainer of the cross-regional program in the area studies division. The incumbent has responsibility for all specified cross-regional and thematic training courses, and guidance for the Department of State. As a professional academic or an expert foreign affairs practitioner, the incumbent ensures that all area studies training and guidance meet the needs of Department of State personnel and the larger foreign affairs community.
Primary responsibilities in these programs include teaching several major courses primarily at the graduate level; curriculum and course design; counseling students at FSI and officials in the Department; advising other staff at FSI; and evaluation of training results. The incumbent not only carries a heavy teaching, counseling, and administrative load, but must also keep constantly informed of developments in the relevant fields so that the latest academic knowledge, policy positions, and relevant analyses are made available to students and to officials in the Department of State on a consultative basis.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Plan long and short-range curriculum for a cross-regional program.
- Respond to requests for unscheduled or customized courses.
- Identify speakers and pedagogical materials and resources for the program.
- Maintain expertise across multiple geographic regions and visibility necessary to lead the cross-regional program.
- Teach courses within areas of expertise.
- Develop curriculum for all courses within the program.
- Continuously research to keep materials and course content updated and cutting edge.
- Continuously develop and maintain professional contacts who will be resources for the courses.
- Serve as FSI's expert on thematic issues impacting multiple geographic regions.
- As a cross-regional expert, produce Ambassadorial Briefing Books as required.
- Maintain and develop professional contacts with other government agencies and provide training and consultation to those agencies in accordance with FSI policies.
- Develop and maintain course evaluation instruments according to FSI policy.
- Analyze evaluation data.
- Conduct needs assessments and utilize evaluation data to design offerings in the program.
- This position requires professional and expert-level knowledge which is pertinent to a number of disciplines in various fields of the social sciences and applied globally. Professional education and experience in any or a combination of the following disciplines can provide the base knowledge required to perform the work: Foreign Affairs; International Relations; History; Anthropology; Sociology; and related social science disciplines. A completed PhD is preferred but advanced graduate course work is also acceptable.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret Clearance
- This position requires professional and expert-level knowledge which is pertinent to a number of disciplines in various fields of the social sciences and applied to at least one particular region of the world. Professional education and experience in any or a combination of the following disciplines can provide the base knowledge required to perform the work: Global Studies, Foreign Affairs; International Relations; History; Anthropology; Sociology; and related social science disciplines. A completed PhD is preferred but advanced graduate course work is also acceptable.
- Knowledge and skills in the development of curricula and courses.
- Advanced skills in adult education, ideally involving the subject matter for which the position is responsible.
- Knowledge and skills in training evaluation sufficient to be able to evaluate the results of the courses for which the position is responsible.
- Advanced knowledge of the mission and functions of the Department of State, and particularly the relevant regional bureau, as well as other foreign affairs agencies in order to provide courses in the context of work situations of the students for whom the courses are intended.
- Knowledge of and the ability to carry out management and administrative functions as required in connection with the courses for which the position is responsible.
- Familiarity with and the ability to use computer and related technologies and excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in order to carry out and/or facilitate the accomplishment of numerous functional responsibilities of the position.
- Ability to teach and guide students outside of disciplinary specialization.
- Commitment to collective and collaborative work environment.
- Program management experience.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by this position.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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