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Director of the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor and Program Administration

Job Title: Director of the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor and Program Administration)
Job ID: 23257
Location: Brooklyn College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


Brooklyn College seeks to hire a Director of the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute, located at Brooklyn College. The Haitian Studies Institute is a world-class research unit of CUNY and is dedicated to a three-fold mission to:

  1. Contribute to the construction and dissemination of knowledge and the advancement of Haitian studies through interdisciplinary research
  2. Facilitate collaboration among scholars, intellectuals, teachers and professors, students, and public agencies conducting research about and/or serving Haitian and other diasporic populations
  3. Engage in policy analysis and research in order to better understand and shape policy and programs that impact the Haitian and Haitian-American communities.

The successful candidate will perform educational and administrative duties. Responsibilities include:

  • Serves as the Institute’s chief expert on matters pertaining to Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Institute, including supervising and managing the performance of staff and managing the Institute’s budget.
  • Plans and implements programs related to the work of the Institute including, publications, grant-seeking, seminars, community engagement activities
  • Works closely and collaboratively with the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the college’s faculty, staff, community groups, and the Institute Advisory Board to plan, develop and strengthen the Institute’s programmatic initiatives and resources.
  • Collaborates with the Institutes’ Visiting Scholars on special projects, community and student research activities related to the Institute and its mission
  • Assumes responsibility for fundraising for strategic initiatives and special projects and for the stewardship of the Institute’s resources

Brooklyn College serves students from over150 countries who speak over 100 languages and dialects and thus constitutes a vibrant microcosm of the rich diversity and energy that characterizes the borough of Brooklyn and the greater New York City area itself. Its mission features “a special commitment to educate immigrant and first-generation college students from the diverse communities that make up our city and state.” The college ethos is invested in the educational and eventual career success of all of its students. We are committed to fostering a spirit of camaraderie and shared ideals across the entire spectrum of our varied constituency.  By accessing a first-class and affordable college education in an inclusive and nurturing intellectual milieu, our students acquire the skills, confidence, and global mindedness that allow them to thrive in a rapidly changing, unpredictable marketplace of ideas that is increasingly mindless of borders and spans the gamut of cultures and vernaculars.


To this end, the college seeks faculty who are eager to engage with the diversity of our student body and have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and heterogeneity through teaching, research and/or service. We seek to recruit and retain faculty from historically underrepresented groups who reflect the mosaic of our student population.  Successful candidates will bring their unique creativity, sensitivity, insights and perspectives to a community that welcomes innovation in scholarship and teaching. Together we will model the finest that a public urban liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies college can be for the present and future.


Applicants must possess a Ph.D. and a record of publication in the social sciences, e.g., sociology, public policy, political science, international relations or a related interdisciplinary field, including public health.

The successful candidate for Director will be a nationally recognized scholar whose research focuses on Haiti and its diasporas. The candidate should have a history of leadership and engagement in the community, as well as in academic programming. Successful fund-raising, whether through grants, corporate sponsors, government agencies, or NGO’s will be part of the Director’s portfolio and should be a part of the candidate’s professional experience.

Preference will be given to applicants who are trilingual in Haitian Kreyòl, English and French.


Salary commensurate with education and credentials. All appointments are subject to financial availability.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


STEP ONE – Click “Apply Now”

From our job posting system, select “Apply Now”, create or log in to a user account, and provide the requested information. If you are viewing this posting from outside our system, please visit

Applicants should upload the following in .doc, .pdf, or .rtf format:

  • An application letter indicating the desired position, and should detail how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further CUNY’s commitment to diversity.
  • Current and detailed curriculum vitae
  • A one-page document describing the candidate’s three-year research agenda and vision for the Institute
  • Copies of publications and/or working papers

STEP TWO – Go to

All applicants are required to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted electronically by their recommenders by visiting the link above and entering the contact information for three (3) recommenders.

The online system will automatically email your recommenders a request to submit a letter via the system. Full instructions will be provided.

Emailed or hard copy applications will not be considered.


Review of applications to begin January 14, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.