Open Rank Professor of Instruction, Computational Social Science and Research Methods Pedagogy

Deadline: January 10, 2023  |  Apply Here >> 

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern University invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure eligible faculty appointment as an open rank (assistant/associate/full) Professor of Instruction, whose research and teaching are dedicated to innovations in computational social science and research methods pedagogy. Expected start date is Fall 2023.

Candidates should offer state-of-the-art technical or methodological skills and be able to instruct others to apply innovative techniques in the examination of substantive social science research questions. The search is open with respect to substantive area of specialization (big data, causal inference, machine learning, natural language processing, text/media-as-data, artificial intelligence, visualization, network analysis, survey research, mixed methods). The ideal candidate has a demonstrated commitment to fostering equity and inclusion in the classroom.

The successful candidate will have leadership and administrative responsibilities associated with developing an interdisciplinary social science research methods training program in partnership with the Searle Center for Teaching and Learning, Research Computing Services, the Northwestern Institute of Complex Systems, and in collaboration with departments across Weinberg College including Sociology, Statistics and Data Science, Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Computer Science, among others. In addition, the candidate will have a five-course teaching load, which include three graduate courses (400 Intro to Statistics and Research Methods Software, 403 Introduction to Probability and Statistics, and 490 Programming and Research Methods Pedagogy using R), and two undergraduate courses teaching empirical research methods in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Applicants should submit a letter of application (cover letter) that includes a research, teaching, and diversity statement, a CV (curriculum vitae), teaching portfolio (course syllabi and evaluations), and names and contact information for three references. (one or more of which should address teaching). Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required (open to candidates from across social science, statistics, or computer science disciplines); however, ABD applicants who anticipate completion of the doctorate by Fall 2023 will be considered. The search is open to candidates who have developed expertise in using and teaching computational social science approaches in university settings or as practitioners in data science, public policy, and other industry settings that rely substantially on quantitative research methods. Consideration of files will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All applications received by January 10th, 2023 are guaranteed full consideration.


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The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. We are committed to building an intellectually vibrant, culturally inclusive, and academically diverse community of faculty, and we welcome applications from scholars of diverse backgrounds and those historically underrepresented in the academy.