Director, Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity


The University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs invites applications for a senior faculty position in development studies or a social science discipline directly relevant to the study of international development, who will serve as the Faculty Director of the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity.

For over 10 years, the Ford Family Program has been dedicated to research, teaching, and service that promotes integral human development, a holistic model of flourishing emerging from the tradition of Catholic social thought and rooted in each person’s human dignity and full potential. With the goal of understanding the challenges and aspirations of people living in extreme poverty around the developing world, the Program conducts and supports research that grows out of engagement with local communities. Ford Program research initiatives, which are conducted both with a variety of University of Notre Dame faculty and with local partners, have been centered primarily in East Africa, but more recently its research has extended into other parts of Africa, the Mediterranean basin, and Latin America.

The Ford Program is situated within the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, which has for over 35 years been a leading center for interdisciplinary research and programming on issues of democracy and human development. The Kellogg Institute is one of the principal constitutive units of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. Oriented toward research, teaching, and service dedicated to the advancement of integral human development, the Keough School promotes interdisciplinary research on critical issues in global affairs, offers a professional master’s degree and undergraduate degrees, and supports doctoral programs.

The successful hire will hold a faculty appointment, and have teaching responsibilities, in the Keough School. The appointment may be at the level of either Associate or Full professor, as would be commensurate to the candidate’s prior experience and trajectory.

The Director will be expected to provide overall intellectual leadership for the Ford Program, both by designing and conducting his or her own research initiatives within the context of Ford Program, as well as by identifying, encouraging, and supporting opportunities for other Notre Dame faculty members to undertake research that advances the mission of the Ford Program. The Director will be assisted by other Ford Program staff members, and will be able to draw on the annual endowment revenues of the Ford Program.

Applicants from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in the study of international development will be considered. Applicants should have a strong record of conducting and supervising field-based research, and should have experience securing and managing substantial grants in support of their own research and/or in support of broader programmatic initiatives. Applicants should also have an interest in designing and supporting research that explores the values of integral human development, as well as a more general interest in contributing to a multi-disciplinary and policy-oriented school.

Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest and a CV.  

Nominations and inquiries may be sent via email to:

Prof. Paolo Carozza
Chair, Ford Program Director Search
Keough School of Global Affairs
University of Notre Dame

Applications should be received by October 31, 2020, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

All application materials must be submitted through the Interfolio/Notre Dame online application system.

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