Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Theory

Start Date: Fall 2017
Salary: Competitive
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Subfield: Political Theory
Rank: Visiting Assistant

Bucknell University's Department of Political Science invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Political Theory beginning in the fall semester of 2017. The teaching load is 3 courses per semester, and the successful candidate will be prepared to teach four sections of a core course in Political Theory, a course in Contemporary Democratic Theory, and one course in his or her field of specialization. The Department of Political Science has a distinguished record of hiring diverse faculty, whose courses expose students to a variety of racial, ethnic, and cultural perspectives, and we are especially interested in candidates whose teaching and research will contribute to the department's commitment to diversity and academic excellence. Evidence of teaching experience, potential teaching excellence, and the promise of being a productive scholar are critically important. By the start date of the position, candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. or be ABD in Political Science with a sub-field specialization in Political Theory.

For additional information and to apply, please go to The application should include a cover letter, C.V., statement of teaching philosophy, statement of commitment to diversity, three letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, sample publications or papers, syllabi, and teaching evaluations, along with any other relevant materials. Questions about the position should be addressed by email to Professor Michael R. James at The review of applications will begin on March 27, 2016, and applications received by that date will be guaranteed full consideration.


About Bucknell University
Bucknell University is a highly selective, predominately undergraduate, private university with approximately 3600 students. Apart from its excellent academic departments and programs, it boasts the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, which supports faculty teaching and scholarship in these areas; the Griot Institute for Africana Studies, which provides faculty and student intellectual and creative engagement with the cultures, histories, narratives, peoples, geographies and arts of Africa and the African diaspora; and the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, which supports faculty research and teaching on issues of domestic, international, and comparative public policy. Bucknell also has a small but growing community of Asia scholars. In the spring of 2014, Bucknell introduced a 5-Year Diversity Plan aimed at enhancing the diversity of the faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum of the university.

Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America's best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater, historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

Bucknell University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.




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