School Chair and Professor, School of Modern Languages

The School of Modern Languages within the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology seeks a Chair to support the research and educational missions of the School. The School hosts a dynamic and interdisciplinary faculty dedicated to redefining the study of language and culture for the 21st century. The School is united around a vision of applied modern language studies and intercultural proficiency as crucial for careers in the global workplace. The School draws on its unique setting as part of a premier technological university to produce research and cutting-edge programs that focus on preparing students to participate in the global workforce through advanced communication skills, critical and creative thinking, intercultural understanding, and professional competency in eight languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. Oversight of our academic programs requires a strong commitment to research, progressive education, international programs, and multi-disciplinary collaboration across the College and Institute.


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated:

  • Extensive record of intellectual leadership;
  • Success in teaching and mentoring in a multicultural environment;
  • Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Ability to manage a complex organization, with proven aptitude for effective financial, academic, and personnel management; and
  • Experience in strategic planning and development.


The successful candidate will be charged with:

  • Supporting an expansive vision that builds upon the School’s strengths;
  • Envisioning, articulating, and advancing the School’s unique mission aligned with the strategic plan of Georgia Tech and Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts; 
  • Maintaining an inclusive, ethical, and collaborative environment within the School;
  • Enhancing the School’s robust scholarly environment, including faculty research, entrepreneurship, and bolstering of the undergraduate and graduate curricula;
  • Advocating on behalf of the School and promoting effective collaborations with external stakeholders at Georgia Tech and beyond;
  • Cultivating shared governance and promoting open and transparent communication; and,
  • Managing and augmenting the School’s financial resources, including through philanthropic fundraising and sponsored grants.


The School of Modern Languages offers an innovative Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS) as well as joint degrees in Global Economics and Modern Languages (GEML) and International Affairs and Modern Languages (IAML). The School also offers two Master of Science degrees in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (MS-ALIS) and in Global Media and Cultures (MS-GMC), the latter jointly with the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. All Bachelor of Science degrees and the MS-GMC degree are offered in seven languages: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. The MS-ALIS degree is available in French, German, and Spanish. The School also offers thirteen minors to nearly 500 students. Minors are available in seven modern languages, in linguistics, and in the following area studies disciplines: African Studies; East Asian Studies; International Business, Language, and Culture; Latin American and LatinX Studies; Middle Eastern and North African Studies.


The School of Modern Languages community believes diversity is foundational to creating the most intellectually vibrant and successful academic communities. Therefore, we are especially interested in applicants who will work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, including women, those who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, from minority ethnic groups, identify with LGBTQIA+ communities, have disabilities, from lower income backgrounds, and/or first-generation college graduates. Women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree in a relevant field and a scholarly record that merits a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. For additional information about the School of Modern Languages as well as expected leadership and administrative management responsibilities for the position, please consult the detailed job profile on the search website ( To apply, candidates should submit the following through Georgia Tech’s Careers website ( – Job ID 252860:


  1. A letter of application addressing how their background and experience can advance the School of Modern Languages’ existing strengths, speaking to the responsibilities in the bullet points above;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. The names, positions, and contact information of three to five references who will be contacted only with the candidate’s approval. Please include a brief statement of your relationship to each reference.


Inquiries and nominations may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Tom and Marie Patton School Chair and Professor, School of Public Policy ( Questions about the application process should be directed to William Jimerson, College Administrative Officer ( Candidates are encouraged to apply by January 31, 2023 for optimal consideration; however, the search will continue until the position is filled.


Georgia Tech is a top-ranked public research university situated in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with great economic and cultural strengths. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities.


A background check must be completed prior to employment. Georgia Tech provides equal opportunity to all faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including applicants for admission and/or employment, contractors, volunteers, and participants in institutional programs, activities, or services. Georgia Tech complies with all applicable laws and regulations governing equal opportunity in the workplace and in educational activities. Georgia Tech prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. This prohibition applies to faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests.

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