Assistant Professor, Political Science

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Assistant Professor, Political Science


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Job Description:

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs seeks an Assistant Professor in the field of American Politics. This is a tenure-track appointment in the Department of Political Science. The course load is four courses a year. The department's priority is a scholar who addresses big questions in American politics, including those related to democracy, justice, or equality. Examples of relevant research topics include those pertaining to the role of institutions, polarization, racial politics, democratic backsliding, and social movements. We are open to methodological diversity and welcome historical perspectives. The department expects that the successful applicant will teach the introductory course in American Politics. Candidates who are poised to seek external funding will be viewed favorably. Contributing to the diversity of the department will also be considered a plus. Candidates should also be willing to teach courses in online formats when specific needs arise. Applicants should have their Ph.D. in hand by May 2023.



Required Qualifications:

  •  Ph.D. in Political Science or in an appropriate related discipline, with a specialization in American Politics, by May 2023.
  • A record of, or demonstrated potential for, successfully publishing research and teaching courses on topics that address big questions in American Politics, including those related to democracy, justice, or equality. (Examples of relevant research topics include those pertaining to the role of institutions, polarization, racial politics, democratic backsliding, and social movements.)
  • A record of, or demonstrated potential for, effectively teaching an introductory course in American Politics.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A record of, or demonstrated potential for, seeking external funding for their research.
  • Experience with successfully teaching a diverse student population.
  • Experience with successfully teaching courses in an online format.
  • An ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students across a broad range of research, teaching, and service-related tasks.


Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Assistant Professor (10 month)


Start Date: August 2023


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Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • CV
  • Statement of interest
  • Graduate transcript
  • Writing sample or publication
  • Available evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., syllabi, student evaluations, and/or teaching statement)
  • Contact information for three references


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A review of applications will begin on September 6, 2022, and the search will remain open until the position is filled.