Assistant Professor of Politics

Lake Forest, Illinois
Aug 01, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Lake Forest College Department of Politics invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in American politics, to begin August 2018.  We are seeking someone to teach multiple sections of Introduction to American Politics; a research methods course, required of students majoring in politics or international relations, that includes quantitative methods; and a broad range of other courses in American institutional and behavioral politics.  Lake Forest College’s proximity to Chicago provides an opportunity to offer courses emphasizing Chicago history, politics and culture; the College also offers interdisciplinary programs in Legal Studies, African American Studies, American Studies and Urban Studies.  We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to any of these programs, and can incorporate students into their research programs.

Candidates will be expected to have a record of demonstrated teaching excellence and evidence of scholarly productivity, commensurate with experience.  A Ph.D. in political science, must be completed by the time of appointment.  Our teaching load is 3/3, with small classes (typically 15-25 students).  We support faculty research through provision of student research assistants and summer research funds; successful passage of the third-year review earns a half-year sabbatical at full pay, in the fourth or fifth year of service.  Tenure review takes place at the start of the sixth year.  At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation.  The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community. 

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 40 states and from more than 70 countries.  Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

All application material should be submitted electronically.  Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, sample syllabi for no more than two courses, evidence of teaching effectiveness (in the form of student evaluations), and a brief writing sample (no more than ten pages; it may be an excerpt from a longer work) to  Please arrange for official transcripts and three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to  Review of completed applications will begin on October 1, 2018.  Questions about the position should be addressed to the department chair, Professor Siobhan Moroney,

The department will selectively interview at the August APSA meetings in San Francisco. If you would like an interview, please submit a CV and cover letter only to Professor Moroney, no later than August 15. 

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