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CUNY Dean of Asian American/Asian Research Institute in Queens, New York

Dean of Asian American/Asian Research Institute

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Queens College

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Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs of Queens College, AAARI (Asian American/Asian Research Institute) is a CUNY-wide Institute whose mission is to facilitate and disseminate research, scholarship, and educational materials on issues that are relevant to Asia, Asian America, and other Asian diasporas, including timely concerns pertaining to New York’s diverse integrated communities of Asian descent. AAARI is an intellectual hub that serves as a bridge between CUNY and Asian American/Asian communities in New York City and beyond. The Dean leads, visions, and oversees the day-to-day and the long-term functioning of the Institute, ensuring its visibility, viability, and leadership in Asian American/Asian studies scholarship, advocacy, and outreach.

AAARI is headquartered in Manhattan’s renowned Bryant Park area, with convenient public transit access to CUNY’s central offices and to Queens College, which is AAARI’s administrative home. The Dean is normally expected to be on-site in Manhattan or other locations as warranted on a full-time basis.

  • Position AAARI as the pre-eminent Asian American/Asian research and advocacy entity on the East Coast of the United States.

  • Position AAARI as a hub for vibrant intellectual collaborations at Queens College and across CUNY among faculty in Asian American/Asian studies and relevant academic areas through outreach to Asian American/Asian communities at CUNY and the greater New York City area to support and develop AAARI’s role as an entity that bridges the university and community.

  • Engage, in collaboration with community and CUNY partners, in strategic planning to identify, execute, and assess AAARI’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.

  • Develop and maintain robust academic, pre-professional, and extracurricular engagement opportunities for students, particularly students identifying as or studying in areas cognate to Asian American/Asian studies including language and culture, the arts, public health, urban studies, entrepreneurship, etc.

  • Identify and secure external funding in support of AAARI’s academic and non-academic strategic goals, including funding from Federal sources (Department of Education, NSF, NEH, etc.) as well as corporations, foundations, City and State, as well as other appropriate external funding sources in alignment with CUNY’s stated expectations for Institutes.

  • Build positive and collaborative relationships with political leadership in the greater New York City area and nationally, to support and enhance the effectiveness of AAARI’s advocacy.

  • Oversee an Associate Director assigned to Queens College, in providing outreach to the Queens community and support services for Queens College students, and a Program Coordinator to curate general programming, scholarly materials, and other resources for the university and community.

  • Lead the sustained assessment and documentation of AAARI’s activities and impact, per criteria articulated by CUNY and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, including annual reporting and periodic recertification.

  • Engage in regular professional development to maintain currency, enhance leadership skills, and keep abreast of developments in the field.

  • Build, manage, and develop an AAARI professional staff that works together to ensure the smooth functioning of the Institute and to elevate the presence of AAARI.


Minimum Qualifications

  • This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and eight years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree (or relevant terminal degree) and an academic background suitable for an underlying appointment as a full professor in an appropriate academic department at Queens College.

  • The successful candidate should have a suitable academic background for engaging in and critically reviewing and evaluating research

  • The successful candidate should have substantial knowledge of issues of concern to the Asian American community

  • A working knowledge of an Asian language is a desired ability, not required


Associate Dean


Salary range: $190,000 - $210,000 commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Open until filled with review: December 15th, 2023


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