Director, Ahlers Center for International Business and Professor in International Business job with UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

Director, Ahlers Center for International Business and Professor in International Business

Department Description:
About the Knauss School of Business

The Knauss School of Business at USD embraces a stewardship approach to business education. Stewardship requires businesses to protect and care for society in pursuit of a greater good. The Knauss School community of faculty, staff, students and graduates, embrace stewardship by applying values-driven, free-enterprise skills to improve businesses, industries, and the lives of people in our community and around the world. We provide academically rigorous, relevant and values-based education and research. Degree programs in the Knauss School are AACSB accredited, with the undergraduate and MBA programs being highly ranked both domestically and internationally.

Looking forward, the Knauss Center for Business Education will be the physical home for the Knauss School of Business, and more important, the mortar that binds us together is our unique competitive advantage as we deliver a rich, holistic student experience, crafted with a higher purpose in mind, for all the greater good. See our progress:

Knauss School of Business Diversity Statement

The Knauss School of Business at USD strives to create a welcoming environment that promotes diversity, equity, inclusiveness (DEI) and ethics, commensurate with our Catholic mission. We value students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds, demographics, experiences, perspectives and faiths.

These differences broaden our understanding of the world, and by extension, our ability to excel in learning, teaching, scholarship and service. We view the promotion of DEI as inexorably tied to the maintenance and enhancement of academic excellence, our development as civic and campus citizens, and the realization of compassionate service.

We are committed to achieving a more diverse campus community. This improves our ability to identify challenges, propose innovative solutions and implement more considerate policies. We greatly value all efforts to remove prejudices from academic and business environments, to promote social justice through scholarship and service, and to attract and increase retention of underrepresented groups.

To this end, the Diversity 2024 committee and the Building Inclusive Excellence Council (BIEC) are dedicated to providing recommendations to promote DEI at the Knauss School of Business. These include faculty climate surveys, implicit bias training, reflections on and the standardization of hiring practices, seminars or search committees, as well as other workshops on prejudice and discrimination.

About the Ahlers Center for International Business

The Ahlers Center for International Business is an endowed center of distinction in place for more than a quarter of a century. For decades, the Ahlers Center established a good reputation among the international academic community that enabled the School of Business to remain competitive with other business schools offering similar programs.

With the pandemic-induced travel restrictions, the Knauss School of Business leveraged existing resources of the Ahlers Center to build strong partnerships within the San Diego business community in pursuit of making the region a hub for global commerce. Multiple new programs were developed that enabled Knauss students to actively engage with local businesses in research, consulting and generally support businesses in the greater San Diego region.

Detailed Description:
Successful candidates for the tenured or tenure track position and the Director of the Ahlers Center will have a distinguished performance record of teaching, scholarship and institution building that will enable them to be hired as a tenured professor at the Knauss School of Business at the Associate or Full Professor level. As an endowed center of distinction within the Knauss School, the Ahlers Center for International Business will integrate with, and enhance, the overall strategy of the school. With the return to more open travel the Knauss School of Business is seeking to build on the foundation laid in the pre-pandemic years, while enhancing new initiatives that differentiate the Knauss School of Business’ internationalization objectives.

The Director will collaborate with the Dean’s leadership team, Department Chairs, faculty and staff in the Knauss School to ensure the Ahlers Center is a unique differentiator in the market for business higher ed for the Knauss School of Business. The Faculty Director will also build alternative revenue streams for the Knauss School to support international programs, as well as direct efficient operations within the Ahlers Center as part of the Knauss School’s operations.

The Director will solidify and expand partnerships with organizations in the private, governmental, non-governmental and not-for-profit sectors. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to build on the unique differentiators of the Knauss School of Business to speed the development of innovative faculty research projects, support faculty teaching to improve learning outcomes in their courses, and create high impact courses and extracurricular activities for Knauss students.

Supervision Received/Exercised

  • Reports directly to the Dean of the Knauss School of Business.
  • Exercises supervision over (department, division, etc.) personnel directly or through subordinate supervisors.
  • Works within the USD and Knauss School’s policies, processes and practices, and maintains the highest ethical standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of the Ahlers Center for International Business is a faculty position with time release allocated to the director from regular faculty duties to carry out the responsibilities of the Center. The responsibilities described here are a percentage of the time allocated to carry out the responsibilities of the Center. These are representative of duties that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, with the understanding that there will be adaptations made and documented as the operating and competitive environments change.

Provides strategic and operational leadership for the Ahlers Center – 40%

  • Direct the Knauss School’s internationalization initiatives focused on enhancing student success. This is done to create long term sustainability and provide exceptional educational experiences that are relevant to the environment students will experience in the job market.
  • Develop and deliver strategic objectives for the Ahlers Center that are integrated with, and reinforcing of, the Knauss School of Business’ business model, strategy and operations.
  • Create, implement and grow new programs that deliver additional resources to the Knauss School of Business in support of international strategic objectives.
  • Oversee and be accountable for ensuring Ahlers’ operating, endowment and current use funds are managed effectively and within all USD and Knauss School policies, practices and procedures.
  • Further the Knauss School of Business’ reputation as a partner growing San Diego’s international and domestic commerce and to further the Knauss School’s service to the community, students and stakeholders.
  • Support faculty intellectual contributions, including but not limited to interdisciplinary research focused on globalization, international business and relations.

Support the Knauss School’s marketing, communications and resource building activities – 30%

  • Developing and delivering revenue streams from non-degree granting academic initiatives
  • Cultivating, developing, and coordinating fundraising strategies and activities to grow the Ahlers Center’s reach and impact
  • Creating and supporting scholarship programs.
  • Cultivating major gift opportunities that expand endowments.
  • Supporting others at in the Knauss School of Business working toward financial stewardship.
  • Providing supplemental support across all of the KSB’s academic programs.
  • Coordinating and supervising marketing, public relations, and communications.
  • Overseeing the provision of a unified approach and coordinated message.
  • Representing USD’s business interest in local, regional, and global initiatives within local industry clusters, partners, alumni, and other organizations and institutions.

Develop and maintain key stakeholder relationships – 20%

  • Grow and foster an engaged and effective advisory board that includes faculty, industry, governmental, non-governmental and non-profit organizations.
  • Assure coordination of international commerce activities primarily within the San Diego region with specific focus on international business (trade relations), supply chain management, economics and analytics disciplines.
  • Leverage organizational and individual relationships to support the Knauss School’s interests with faculty, staff, students, alumni, community leaders and within the ecosystem.
  • Work with faculty to support academic and experiential learning within both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
  • Serve as the official point of contact with the media, partners and other stakeholders on topics related to the Knauss School’s internationalization initiatives.

Other duties as assigned – 10%

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Job Requirements:
The successful candidate will have a PhD (or ABD near completion) in international business or closely related field from an AACSB accredited program prior to the start of appointment and is expected to maintain a record of scholarly achievement in field-specific, peer-reviewed outlets as well as dedication to teaching excellence and service in a liberal arts environment. The candidate should also have leadership experience within academic administration and financial acumen to enable fiscal stewardship. We prefer the candidate with experience within industries with a global operation, either through direct employment that entailed developing and implementing a global strategy, or extensive consulting that translates to the equivalent of industry experience. We also prefer the candidate to have experience in leading centers of distinction within academe, demonstrated success in creating new academic programs, and experience in cultivating external relationships and resource building.

Posting Salary:
$11,250/month-$14,583.33/month annually, + $15,000 – $30,000 for administrative stipend; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The range provided in this job posting is the full range of the position grade and not necessarily reflective of actual compensation that may be offered or earned, nor a promise of any specific pay for any specific employee, which is always dependent on actual experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions
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Submissions should be complete by March 31, 2023.

We will first have zoom interviews in mid-March and invite candidates for campus interviews in April but the application process will be open until the position is filled.

All applicants must submit the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A statement demonstrating your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to your teaching, research, professional service
  4. Teaching statement
  5. Research statement
  6. Teaching evaluations


  • Name: Phil Zhu, PhD, Professor of Finance; Interim Director of the Ahlers Center for International Business
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 1 – (619) 260-2382

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected]

Additional Details:
The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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