Department Chair (with specialization in Political Theory)

San Antonio, Texas
Jan 03, 2018
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Four-Year Institution

The Department of Political Science and Geography at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites applications for a tenured faculty position beginning Fall 2018 at the Associate or Full Professor level to serve as the Department Chair with a teaching specialization in political theory, ethics, and history of political thought. The position is a 12-month appointment that includes full administrative and leadership responsibilities for a department offering B.A. and M.A. degree programs in Political Science, Global Affairs, Politics and Law, and Geography/Environmental Sustainability. The Department is in UTSA's College of Liberal and Fine Arts and is home to approximately 570 undergraduate and graduate majors, 18 T/TT faculty, and several adjunct faculty focused on research and instructional missions. Faculty are actively engaged in areas of individual and collaborative research leading to publication in such areas as Latin American governance; Middle East, Asian and European political developments; security regimes; national security and intelligence; cyber security and politics; political communications; federal justice policies; race and gender issues; human migration patterns; and political and policy research using geographic information systems. The Department is actively engaged in pursuing internal and collaborative research grants in some of these areas. We are especially interested in candidates with a research and teaching portfolio in political theory and who considers major theoretical questions underlying contemporary social, political, economic, and policy issues.

Responsibilities include overseeing departmental organization, administration (including curricular and fiscal management), program development and leadership, supervision and evaluation of faculty and staff, communications with internal and external constituents, pursuit of grant opportunities, and participation in teaching, research, and scholarly publication.

Required Qualifications: As an element in the application process, all applicants must provide evidence of a Ph.D. in Political Science or closely related field and evidence of significant high-quality teaching experience in political theory; evidence of sustained excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service; strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; and successful administrative and leadership experience in an academic unit, including budgetary experience, time management and scheduling, conflict resolution, and unit advancement. Applicants must also be willing to teach a range of political theory courses.

To be considered at the tenured Associate Professor level, successful applicants must have a significant record of department-level administrative experience, an established research agenda and record of publications, excellent teaching skills with demonstrated effectiveness, and a track record of service. Tenure is contingent on Board of Regents approval.

To be considered at the tenured Full Professor level, successful applicants must have an established record of department-level administrative experience, an established long-term research agenda, a strong record of publications in political theory or related areas, excellent teaching skills with demonstrated effectiveness, and a track record of service. Tenure is contingent on Board of Regents approval.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants at the Associate or Full Professor levels should demonstrate an ability to pursue or to manage external funding opportunities.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is a dynamic institution with a diverse and growing student population of approximately 31,000. The City of San Antonio is the second largest in Texas and the seventh largest in the nation. Its cosmopolitan character, extensive recreational opportunities, low cost-of-living, excellent health care, and temperate climate make it a highly desirable place to live.

All information and materials associated with an application for this position must be submitted electronically through In PDF format, applicants should submit the following items electronically:

1. Letter of application that states the rank for which the candidate is applying, teaching experiences, research interests, and focus on position qualifications;

2. Current curriculum vita;

3. Separate statements on research, teaching, and leadership;

4. Copies of all graduate transcripts;

5. Representative samples of scholarly work (no more than three);

6. Two representative samples of syllabi for courses taught or proposed by the applicant;

7. Teaching evaluations (if available or other evidence of course instruction evaluation);

8. Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references who are familiar with the applicant's administrative experiences, scholarship, and teaching and can be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on December 4, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants who are selected for interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by time of hire.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. The University is committed to the Affirmative Action Program in compliance with all government requirements to ensure nondiscrimination. The UTSA campus is accessible to persons with disabilities.