Open Rank Faculty position: Chair in Romani Studies

  • Central European University
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Oct 10, 2019
Full time   Anthropology & Sociology Humanities: Other Public Administration & Policy Social & Behavioral Sciences

Job Description

Starting date: 1 September 2020

Application deadline: 30 November 2019


Central European University (CEU) is seeking candidates for a Chair in Romani Studies. The successful candidate will be conferred an academic rank in accordance with the faculty policies of the University, based his or her academic record and credentials. We encourage applications from both established and up-and-coming scholars with a track record of public engagement with Roma causes.

CEU has taken a lead role in Roma education, and expanding activities in this area represents a strategic priority for the University. The University runs a groundbreaking Roma in European Societies (RES) initiative, with a primary focus on graduate academic and professional education. RES involves degree and non-degree teaching and learning, executive education and professional development, research and work with Roma and non-Roma organizations to support the recognition and participation of Roma people in all spheres of life. The initiative builds on an-almost 20-year track record of Roma access programs, preparing more than 250 Roma youth for graduate education and professional careers.



The Chair’s teaching and research obligations are similar to those of academic unit heads at CEU. The normal teaching load is 12 taught credits (where one credit equals 50 minutes of classroom contact over a 12-week academic term) per academic year, plus student supervision. Unit heads receive a 6-credit teaching waiver. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda and publish regularly in both academic and other outlets. In addition, the Chair will have important academic administration responsibilities. S/he will guide and develop RES and facilitate engagement between the program and partner universities, government entities, civil society organizations, the private sector, and the broader community, with the aim of strengthening a growing global network of researchers and advocates on Roma issues. S/he will work collaboratively with CEU faculty and staff working on issues that affect Europe’s Roma to support growth in scale and impact, leveraging CEU’s resources with the aim of bringing high-level and wide-ranging attention to the urgent roadblocks to Roma advancement and inclusion, and further develop CEU into a center of excellence on the topic. The Chair will coordinate and rely on support from the administrative team of the Roma programs.


An internationally competitive salary is offered commensurate with experience. Central European University offers an attractive benefits package.

About Central European University

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is located in Budapest and Vienna, and accredited in the United States, Hungary and Austria. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies throughout the world. CEU offers both Master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty, from over 50 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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About the CEU Roma Programs

The CEU Roma Access Programs, which The New York Times called the “de facto hub for an elite group of young Roma intellectuals,” first established CEU as a hub of activity on Roma issues in the Central and Eastern European region. Increasingly, with faculty members engaged in policy-relevant research, advising, and teaching on related topics, the University has become a leading voice at the global level on Roma advancement and inclusion in higher education and across all spheres of life.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate will:

  • Bring a record of successful, dynamic, and visionary leadership in education or the professional world, enabling the candidate to shape the intellectual and programmatic direction of the Roma in European Societies initiative at CEU;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to research and scholarship contributing to social inclusion of Roma in all spheres of life;
  • Provide evidence of a strong scholarly publication record and/or equivalent professional portfolio related to Roma advancement and inclusion;
  • Exhibit professional competence and passion for teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level as well as a capacity to organize and deliver educational activities for other populations, including primary and secondary educators, business, non-profit, and public sector leaders;
  • Have excellent management skills, including the ability to organize and motivate faculty, staff, students and alumni; a capacity to organize and administer educational, mentorship, and community programs; and administrative as well as budgeting and fundraising experience;
  • Have a strong record of engagement in activities promoting Roma recognition and participation, including the visibility and importance of issues that affect Roma in mainstream decision-making; a track record of engagement with Roma communities will be a significant plus;
  • Hold a Ph.D. or comparable qualifications in the social sciences, humanities, policy studies, law, or a related field.

Applications from scholars of Romani origin are particularly encouraged.

Application Details

Letters of application should systematically address the above selection criteria. The application package should consist of a single PDF file with (1) an application letter (not exceeding 1,200 words) which indicates the name and rank of the position to which you are applying, (2) CV, (3) the contact information of three references, (4) a statement of teaching philosophy, and (5) up to two academic or professional writing samples (one can be co-authored). Two sample syllabi may be attached as separate PDF files.

Finalists will participate in both on-line and in-person job interviews and will be subject to pre-employment checks prior to any appointment.

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Provost Liviu Matei at

Please send your complete application package to: – including job code in subject line: 2019/066.

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Application Deadline

November 30, 2019