Assistant Professor Political Science

Potsdam, NY
Mar 06, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Details

Position Information

Job TitleAssistant Professor Political SciencePosting NumberFac 2014000643FLSAExemptLevelFull-time/ Part-timeFull-timeIs this a temporary Position?No Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

The Humanities and Social Sciences Department (HSS) at Clarkson University invites applicants to apply for the position of Assistant Professor of Political Science. This position is an entry-level tenure-track appointment in political science focusing on International Relations either to begin in August 2019 or January 2020, depending on the candidate’s availability. The successful candidate must be able to teach an undergraduate course in research methods for social sciences, Introduction to Global Politics, which combines introductory concepts from both international relations and comparative politics, as well as upper division courses in the candidate’s area(s) of interest and expertise. The search is open with regard to substantive interests within international relations. We encourage people to apply whose research addresses gender, sexuality, environmental sustainability or international public health; candidates whose research addresses any of these subjects could contribute to the department’s minor in gender and sexuality studies or to one of Clarkson’s intra-school emphases in environmental sustainability or the health sciences.

The successful applicant will provide evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching. The teaching load is 3:2, with three courses in the fall (only two preparations), including two sections of a writing-intensive seminar for first-year students focused on a theme of the candidate’s choosing, and two political science courses in the spring. The selected candidate will have ample opportunity to develop elective courses. The committee will consider candidates who are ABD, but these candidates must be able to verify that they will have their PhD in hand by August 1, 2019 to start in Fall 2019 or by December 15, 2019 to begin their appointment for the spring semester of 2020. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in political science with an emphasis on international relations.

Located in the Saint Lawrence River Valley, between the Adirondack high peaks and Ottawa and Montreal, Clarkson University provides easy access to both outdoor recreation and international social and cultural opportunities. Interested applicants should submit their application materials, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, prior teaching evaluations, if available, and a diversity statement to Clarkson University’s website. The committee asks candidates who are ABD to upload a completed dissertation chapter and ask their advisors to specifically address the candidate’s progress toward completion of their Ph.D. requirements in their reference letter. To apply, go to and click “Career Opportunities” below the Careers at Clarkson section.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in hand.
Ability to teach electives in political science and the first year writing course.
Demonstrate promise to produce and publish research in one’s field.
Contribute to department, university and professional service.
Teaching experience at the collegiate level.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in hand.
Ability to teach electives in political science and the first year writing course.
Evidence of scholarly production.
Contribute to department, university and professional service.
Evidence of teaching excellence the collegiate level.

Physical Demands

Ability to complete essential classroom functions. Clarkson is committed to complying with the guidelines set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date02/25/2019Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions for this Posting

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately, but will give full consideration to any applicant who submits their materials by March 10, 2019. The search committee will continue to accept applications until the department fills the position. To submit your application, please go to and click “Career Opportunities” on the left-hand navigation bar.

An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson University actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities.

All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records).

Reference Request Details

Maximum Number of Reference Letters3Minimum Number of Reference Letters3Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • AUPHA Career Listings
    • AOM ListServs
    • Academic Keys
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Clarkson Website
    • Massena-Potsdam Courier Observer
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • IM Diversity
    • JTPA
    • LinkedIn
    • New York Job Bank
    • North Country This Week
    • St. Lawrence Plaindealer
    • Veterans Administration
    • Watertown Daily Times
    • Ogdensburg Journal
    • Employee Referral
    • Alumni Referral
    • Other Referral, Indeed
    • Discipline specific journals
    • Discipline specific website
    • Times Union
    • National Society for Women Engineers
    • National Society for Black Engineers
    • I do not wish to answer
  2. * What is the highest level of education you currently hold?
    • High School/GED
    • Associate
    • Bachelor
    • Master's
    • ABD (All but dissertation)
    • Ph.D.
Documents Needed To ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Research Statement
  5. List of Publications
  6. Teaching Evaluations
  7. Diversity Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3