Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Service

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Aug 08, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science and Public Service

IRIS Position #: 20004447


The Department of Political Science and Public Service in the College of Arts & Sciences at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Public Administration, ideally with a focus on local government, beginning in August 2018. Those with practitioner experience are encouraged to apply.


Successful candidates will possess the following requirements:

  • PhD in Public Administration, Political Science (with a primary focus in public administration), or a related field;
  • Ability to teach undergraduate courses in public administration, state and local government, and graduate courses in our MPA program;
  • Candidates should also be willing to engage in a variety of instructional modalities, including online instruction;
  • Capacity to administer our robust undergraduate political science internship program;
  • Willingness to connect with our community advisory board;
  • Interest in contributing to the public administration curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate level;
  • A strong commitment to teach undergraduate students in a liberal arts environment;
  • Willingness to engage in assisting the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional goals as specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan.

Application Procedures:

Applicants should prepare to submit the following information within our online application system for consideration:

  • Letter of interest;
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • Names, titles, and contact information for three references to provide within your online application;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including sample syllabi for relevant courses;
  • Statement of philosophy of teaching;
  • Statement of research agenda; and,
  • Unofficial transcripts.

Review of applicants will begin on September 20, 2017.  Preference will be given to those qualified candidates who apply before September 20, 2017, but review will continue until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site by visiting:


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.