Position Profile



July 2011


Position Advertisement

Tulane University invites nominations and applications for The Sacks Endowed Distinguished Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship.  We seek a renowned scholar and/or a uniquely accomplished practitioner who aspires to be a senior academic leader - an individual with a demonstrated interest in civic engagement, public service, and/or social entrepreneurship.  The Sacks Chair will join a highly committed team of Tulane faculty and staff who together will create an undergraduate program in civic engagement and social entrepreneurship that will mentor and train a remarkable generation of students that seeks to come to Tulane and move to New Orleans to be part of the most important urban (and regional) renewal effort in American history.

The ideal academic candidate will be eligible for a tenured academic appointment at the rank of associate professor or above.  The ideal practitioner candidate will have demonstrated the qualities of leadership, vision, and innovation that will be required of the Sacks Chair.  The Sacks Endowed Distinguished Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship will benefit from the elevation of public service and civic engagement as a centerpiece of Tulane's mission post-Katrina, including the creation of the nation's first and only undergraduate major in social entrepreneurship at a major research university.  Tulane's President, Scott Cowen, for example, recently won the prestigious Carnegie's Academic Leadership Award for a "commitment to excellence" in the areas of civic engagement and social entrepreneurship in the New Orleans community.  (See and  Also TIME magazine has named Tulane President Scott Cowen among the nation's 10 Best College Presidents. (See  And, most recently, two teams of Tulane students appeared on MTV as finalists in a national "Movers & Changers" competition for social entrepreneurs.  Tulane teams made up two of the three national finalists, along with a group from the University of California–Berkeley in the competition sponsored by MTV's 24-hour college network, mtvU, and the New York Stock Exchange Euronext.  (See

The Sacks Chair will also lead efforts to stimulate and draw young entrepreneurs to Louisiana, help coordinate the efforts of socially-focused enterprises, and leverage extensive public and private social program funding, as well as philanthropy, throughout the Gulf Coast region.

Please send nominations and applications to Professor Charles R. Figley, Chair, Sacks Endowed Distinguished Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship, c/o Melissa Bender, Tulane University, 200 Gibson Hall, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA  70118 or to  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and the names of four references.

Tulane University is committed to diversity and especially encourages applications and nominations from women and minorities.  No candidate names will be disclosed save for those ultimately invited as finalists for on-campus visits.  Salary and benefits are competitive and negotiable.

Review of applications began June 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

Tulane University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


The University

Founded in 1834, Tulane University is a highly regarded and selective independent research university. The University’s schools and colleges offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine and public health and tropical medicine. All divisions except the medical complex, which includes a teaching hospital and clinic, are located on Tulane’s campus in uptown New Orleans, which comprises more than 120 buildings on 110 acres.  The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), is classified as a Carnegie I research university and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).  The recently-concluded “Promise and Distinction” capital campaign raised over $730.5 million, of which $297 million was earmarked for endowment, taking the University’s endowment over the $1 billion mark for the first time.

In 2008-09, Tulane University’s 10 academic divisions enrolled approximately 6,749 undergraduates and 4,408 graduate and professional students.  The University has approximately 1,100 full-time faculty members and a very diverse student body.  It consistently performs very well in competitive research grant funding, attracting $157.5 million in research funding in 2007, the highest level in its history.

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