Director Search for the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)

The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) welcomes applications from UNC faculty for the position of Director for the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP).  MURAP, a program of IAAR, is a summer research experience for undergraduates. The program prepares students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, or those with a proven commitment to diversity and to eradicating racial disparities in the academy, for doctoral study especially in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. During the 10-week program, approximately twenty students, who have been recruited from across the country, conduct original research under the guidance of a UNC faculty mentor. Students also have access to professional development workshops, participate in GRE preparation classes, and gain exposure to and present research at weekly seminars and an annual conference.

MURAP’s Director reports to IAAR’s Director and presides over all MURAP program components. Major duties, which are heaviest during spring and summer, include: recruiting, reviewing and selecting student and faculty applications; defining, designing, and updating program features and activities; and overseeing the program budget and staff. The Director may also fundraise or write external grants to support the program. A director’s stipend and one-course release every spring semester are provided.

The position will begin in September 2019.

The ideal candidate will possess the following essential qualifications:

  • UNC faculty member with an appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences, preferably at the rank of Associate or Full professor if on the tenure track. (Non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply.)
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience mentoring students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups
  • At least one year of successful experience handling administrative duties such as serving as Associate Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies or Director or Associate Director of other programs, units or initiatives
  • Considerable experience supervising student research, especially undergraduate research
  • Full time availability in the summer months, from May 1-August 15
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated appreciation for research from diverse disciplines

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Prior experience as a MURAP mentor or other role with the program
  • Experience supervising a staff
  • Experience managing a large budget

To apply please submit the following materials, combined into one pdf document, via IAAR’s online submission form  here.

  • Current CV
  • Letter of interest outlining qualifications
  • Letter from department chair affirming that, if selected for the position, the applicant will be permitted to be released from one course every spring semester
  • Names and contact information of two references

The deadline is Friday, March 8th at 5:00PM EST.

MURAP Director Search Announcement (printable download)

Contact Information:
IAAR Director, Karla Slocum kslocum[at]