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Director of CISS (Open Rank-Faculty title to be determined upon hire)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Center for Intel & Security Studies (11097847)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)
Position Description

The University of Mississippi invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS), to begin as early as January 2020.  Designated as an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, CISS seeks a dynamic, experienced intelligence community professional to lead it toward realization of its mission: to prepare students for careers in the US intelligence community (IC).  The Center’s core focus areas are intelligence analytics and the provision of tailored support to policymakers in the national security community.


The CISS Program is rapidly growing and attracting outstanding students.  The Center is in its twelfth year of preparing highly skilled students to work as intelligence analysts on emerging challenges facing the intelligence community, private industry, and society.  The curriculum emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills for intelligence analysis, communication and briefing skills, and training in advanced analytic methodologies.  The CISS Program currently delivers an undergraduate minor in Intelligence Studies.  It works closely with the University of Mississippi’s Croft Institute for International Studies, Lott Leadership Institute, Chinese Language Flagship Program, Arabic Language Flagship Program, School of Engineering, Computer Science Department, and other academic programs. CISS students graduate with a robust understanding of the intelligence policymaking process and intelligence-analytic methodologies.  They combine the minor with world, regional and cultural expertise, foreign language skills, an internship, and an academic major specialization to help them excel in the IC.   



The Director’s duties are to lead and administer an academic degree program in intelligence and security studies, manage Center faculty and staff toward its mission, partner with university and external stakeholders, and facilitate co-curricular programming related to the mission.  The CISS Director reports to the Office of the Provost.  The CISS Program currently delivers an undergraduate minor in Intelligence Studies and envisions delivering other degree programs. This is a full-time faculty appointment in the CISS with administrative, teaching, research, and service duties.


The successful candidate will be eligible for a faculty appointment in either a tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track position. Applicants holding a Ph,D. with a demonstrated academic and scholarly record commensurate with appointment to a tenure position and currently holding tenure will be eligible for appointment with tenure at the appropriate faculty rank in the applicable department within the university. 

Minimum Qualifications
  • An earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited university (Ph.D, Ed.D, J.D.)
  • Five years of employment including significant leadership experience within the IC.
  • Experience preparing students for employment as intelligence analysts in the public and/or private sectors, experience or demonstrated capacity in administration,
  • Experience in faculty or educational development
  • Administrative and supervisory experience
  • Record of teaching excellence in a university setting
  • A demonstrated expertise in analytic methodologies and collection processes used by the IC
  • A broad knowledge of national security policy. 
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in interdisciplinary, intelligence studies research. 
Application Procedures

To ensure full consideration, please submit the University’s online application along with a letter of interest, a detailed current curriculum vita, and a list of 3-5 references to


Applications will be accepted until an adequate pool of candidates has been established or until the position is filled. 

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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