Assistant Professor of American Politics - Search 67566

Dec 19, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor of American Politics—Search #67566
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Department of Political Science and International Studies

The Department of Political Science and International Studies in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of American Politics at the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University.

In January 2017, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted to consolidate Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University. The new, 27,000-student university will be named Georgia Southern University with campuses in Savannah, Statesboro, and Hinesville. The expected timeline for the first entering class will be fall 2018. Complete details are available at

Within this setting, the successful applicant will join a Department of more than 25 faculty and staff dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service. The Department is committed to undergraduate teaching and is committed to providing students with significant educational opportunities through internships, Study Abroad, and a variety of experiential groups and clubs. Through the Department's academic and extracurricular activities, Georgia Southern students develop relevant perspectives and an understanding of issues at both the domestic and international levels. The Department focuses on providing students with practical and competitive skills and career prospects in an increasingly globalized economic reality. The prospective hire is expected to sustain and expand this vision.

Situated on the south side of the beautiful coastal city of Savannah, Georgia, the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University serves over 7,000 students. The Armstrong campus is small enough to foster a genuine sense of community and large enough to offer numerous academic programs that prepare our graduates for success in their careers and leadership in their communities. The Department of Political Science and International Studies offers a fully staffed baccalaureate program in political science on the Armstrong campus and plays a major role in the graduate program in Professional Communication and Leadership Studies as well.

Position Description. Reporting to the Department Chair, the Assistant Professor of American Politics position requires teaching, service, and research responsibilities as well as a terminal degree.

Evidence of existing or prospective excellence in teaching is a must, as the position will require the faculty to teach advanced-level courses in American Politics, as well as introductory-level courses, such as American Government. The position comes with a 3-3 teaching load and an expectation of academic service in the Department of Political Science and International Studies. The prospective faculty must also be an active scholar, and fulfill the criteria necessary for a tenure track position. Research and publication work is expected.

The position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Political Science, or a closely related field with at least 18 graduate semester hours in Political Science, by August 1, 2018
• University-level successful teaching experience, backed by evidence
• Existence of successful research and publishing agenda in American Politics
• Evidence of effective communication skills (in English)
• Willingness to teach via web-based instruction
• Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution

Preferred Qualifications:
• PhD in American Politics
• Experience working with a diverse student body
• Experience with Professional Communication and Leadership Studies

Screening of applications begins February 15, 2018, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2018. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae, evidence regarding teaching excellence (student evaluations, etc.), a scholarly writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and a copy of unofficial graduate transcripts. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Daniel Skidmore-Hess, Search Chair, Search #67566
Department of Political Science and International Studies
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8101
Statesboro GA 30460-8101
Electronic mail:
Telephone: (912) 344-2532

More information about the institution is available through or Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Vice Provost.


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