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National Science Foundation

Candidate Search - Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (AD/SBE)


Due to technical problems, we are extending the deadline for nominations to Friday, February 1, 2013.

If you have already submitted nominations for the AD/SBE post, please re-submit them before the new deadline. We are sorry for any inconvenience.


November 16, 2012

Dear Colleague:

We are initiating a national search for the National Science Foundationís Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), and seek your assistance in the identification of candidates. Dr. Myron Gutmann has served in this position, with distinction, since November 2009.

The Assistant Director, SBE, manages a Directorate comprising the division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), the division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA), and the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). Enclosed is an information sheet that summarizes the Directorate's activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with the criteria that will be used in the search. Employment may be on a temporary or permanent basis in the Federal Service or by temporary assignment under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Gary D. Sandefur, Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, has agreed to head the Search Advisory Committee. Both we and the Committee seek your help in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues facing the social, behavioral, and economic science communities, especially in the areas of education and research; expertise with the production, analysis and dissemination of public data and statistics; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF senior management team. We are especially interested in identifying women, members of minority groups, and persons with disabilities for consideration. Recommendations of individuals from any sector -- academic, industry, or government -- are welcome.

Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information which you might be able to provide, to the AD/SBE Screening Committee via e mail (sbesrch@listserv.nsf.gov) or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite 1205, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by February 1, 2013.

Your assistance in this very important task is appreciated.

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Subra Suresh        Cora B. Marrett
Director        Deputy Director
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1205
Arlington, VA 22230


[Membership of the AD/SBE Search Committee]

[Search Committee Review Criteria]

[Overview of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences]

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